In recent weeks, we’ve seen many confirmations for Eurovision 2020. There are now 36 countries who have provisionally said yes to Eurovision 2020. But what about the ones who haven’t publicly confirmed yet?
Based on the countries who regularly participate in Eurovision, there are still seven countries left to make their intentions known. That’s not necessarily a bad sign — some of them are notoriously late to confirm every year. And as the application deadline has passed, all of these countries will have privately made their intentions known to the EBU, one way or another. But let’s take a look at these remaining countries still to publicly confirm for Eurovision 2020.
Note: the initial deadline for participation at Eurovision 2020 has passed but broadcasters were able to withdraw without penalty until mid-October. The EBU is expected to release the full list of confirmed acts in early November.
Broadcaster AMPTV has not yet confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020. Right now, the Armenian team is focused on its entry for Junior Eurovision 2019. Last year the broadcaster didn’t publicly confirm until late October, so this isn’t out of the ordinary for them. With two non-qualifications in a row, Armenia may be considering its plans for Eurovision 2020.
Update: Armenia has confirmed for Eurovision 2020! AMPTV has not yet said how they will select their act for Rotterdam.
After withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT was reported as being bankrupt, with debts of over 25 million euros. The broadcaster has previously said their decision about Eurovision 2020 will likely be announced in late September.
Update: Bulgaria is back! Broadcaster BNT has secured a full sponsorship deal that will allow the financially troubled broadcaster to compete in Eurovision 2020.
Broadcaster MTVA has not yet confirmed Hungary’s participation in Eurovision 2020. Following Hungary’s non-qualification in Tel Aviv, there is speculation that Hungary may revamp its national final A Dal.
Based on previous years, it is most likely that Hungary will confirm their participation in Eurovision 2020 with the launched of A Dal 2020. This has previously happened in late September/early October.
Update: Broadcaster MTVA will again hold the national song competition A Dal in 2020, however the contest will not serve as a national final for Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster has issued a statement saying “Instead of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, we will support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly.” While this confirms that MTVA won’t be involved in Eurovision 2020, there is still a possibility that Hungary will be involved in another way.
Broadcaster RAI has confirmed that planning for the 2020 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival is underway. However, it has not yet been confirmed that this will be Italy’s selection for Eurovision.
Following Mahmood’s second-place finish in Tel Aviv, it is very likely that Italy will return to Eurovision. In the past, Italy has confirmed Eurovision in mid-September/early October.
Update: RAI has confirmed that Sanremo 2020 will be the artist selection for Rotterdam. Competing acts wishing to be eligible for Eurovision must declare their interest ahead of the competition.
Broadcaster TRM has not yet confirmed Moldova’s participation in Eurovision 2020. If they do confirm, it is expected that Moldova will again use some form of their national final O melodi pentru Europa. In recent years, Moldova has only been confirmed in November with the EBU’s list of confirmed countries.
Broadcaster TVP is currently hard at work organising Junior Eurovision 2019, so this may be where the broadcaster’s focus is at the moment. It is likely that Poland will participate at Eurovision 2020, but after two years of non-qualifications, they could be rethinking their strategy.
Update: TVP has confirmed to local fan media that Poland will also participate at Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster has not confirmed their selection method, but last year internally selected their act.
A fan blog earlier reported that broadcaster Channel One Russia has confirmed its participation for 2020. However, no definite source has been given for this. In the past, Russian broadcasters have been notoriously tight-lipped about Eurovision, so silence at this stage is not out of the ordinary. It is expected that Russia will participate.
Andorra: Broadcaster RTVA has confirmed that it will not make a comeback at Eurovision 2020.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Broadcaster BHRT has confirmed that it is currently unable to participate at Eurovision due to the sanctions imposed by the EBU as a result of the broadcaster’s financial debt.
Luxembourg: Fans have again petitioned the government for a return to Eurovision, however broadcaster RTL has confirmed that it has no plans to return to Eurovision in 2020 as the channel’s focus is on local news content.
Monaco: Broadcaster TMC has confirmed that Monaco will not return to compete at Eurovision in 2020.
Slovakia: RTVS has confirmed that it will not return to Eurovision due to lack of interest from Slovakian viewers.
Turkey: Broadcaster TRT has previously said that it will not broadcast Eurovision, due to the content shown as part of the song contest, which it feels is unsuitable for Turkish children to view.
Non-members of the EBU
Kazakhstan: While associate-member broadcaster Khabar Agency has again been given a guest invitation to participate at Junior Eurovision 2019, the EBU has confirmed that they have no plans to extend this invitation to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Kosovo: Broadcaster RTK does not currently meet membership criteria for joining the European Broadcasting Union. As a non-member, they are unable to compete at Eurovision.
Liechtenstein: Following the 2018 passing of its Eurovision-focused former editor-in-chief, broadcaster 1 FLT TV is no longer pursuing plans to join the EBU and participate at Eurovision.