In recent weeks, we’ve seen many confirmations coming in for Eurovision 2022. There are now 31 countries who have provisionally said yes to Eurovision 2022. But what about the ones who haven’t publicly confirmed yet?
Based on the countries who regularly participate in Eurovision, there are still nine countries left to make their intentions known. That’s not necessarily a bad sign — some of them are notoriously late to confirm every year. Let’s take a look at these remaining countries still to publicly confirm for Eurovision 2022.
Note: the initial deadline for participation at Eurovision 2022 has passed but broadcasters are able to withdraw without penalty until mid-October. The EBU is expected to release the full list of confirmed acts in early November.
Some of these broadcasters are currently busy with their participation in Junior Eurovision 2021 and may not yet be focusing on their Eurovision 2022 participation.
Armenia last participated at Eurovision 2019, having withdrawn in 2021 due to social and political issues. While AMPTV hasn’t confirmed anything about its Eurovision 2022 participation, the broadcaster is returning to Junior Eurovision 2021.
There has been no word yet from Austrian broadcaster ORF regarding their Eurovision 2022 participation. However, there is no suggestion that Austria won’t be back. Since 2017, ORF has internally selected their act.
Broadcaster CyBC has not given any details about its participation in Eurovision 2022, though they have confirmed their selection method for 2023. Since 2016, Cyprus has internally selected its Eurovision act.
Broadcaster PBS has not yet confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2022. However, in June the Chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency claimed that the broadcaster would introduce a new national final format to pick its act for Eurovision. PBS itself has not yet confirmed this. Malta will compete in Junior Eurovision 2021.
The Moldovan broadcaster TRM does not typically comment on its Eurovision participation prior to the EBU’s announcement of all participating countries. Moldova usually uses a national final to select its entry, most recently Finala națională.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
Broadcaster MRT has not given any information about their plans for Eurovision 2022. Since 2016, the broadcaster has internally selected their Eurovision acts. North Macedonia is a confirmed participant in Junior Eurovision 2021.
Earlier in the year, during a televised debate on Romania’s participation in Eurovision, it was implied that Romania would compete in 2022. However broadcaster TVR has not yet confirmed this. Romania typically uses some sort of national final to select its entry.
In the past, Russian broadcasters have been notoriously tight-lipped about Eurovision participation, so silence at this stage is not out of the ordinary. It is expected that Russia will participate in Eurovision 2022. Broadcaster VGTRK is due to organise the country’s entry this year and they typically internally select their act. Russia is confirmed for Junior Eurovision 2021.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
The BBC remains silent on its plans for Eurovision 2022, however it is likely that the UK will participate. In 2020 the broadcaster dropped its national final and internally selected its act. There’s no suggestion of what selection method the BBC might use for 2022. The BBC’s Eurovision promotion team is currently also involved with the new season of Strictly Come Dancing.
While Turkey has not competed at Eurovision since 2012, in June the EBU revealed it was in contact with broadcaster TRT regarding a return. There have been no updates on this since.
Hungary withdrew from Eurovision in 2020 and there is no indication from credible sources that broadcaster Duna has any plans to return in 2022. A supposed set of rules for a Hungarian national final proved to be a badly made fan fake. A series of A Dal 2022 has not yet been confirmed.
Broadcasters from Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Monaco and Slovakia have confirmed they will not be returning to Eurovision in 2022.
Kazakhstan broadcaster Khabar Agency is only an associate member of the EBU and would need to be specially invited by the EBU in order to participate at Eurovision. The EBU have previously said it has “no plans” to do this.
Non-members of the EBU
The EBU has currently suspended the membership of Belarus’ broadcaster BTRC, making it ineligible to participate in Eurovision 2022.
Kosovo‘s broadcaster RTK does not currently meet membership criteria for joining the EBU, while Liechtenstein‘s small broadcaster 1FL TV has confirmed it has no plans to join the EBU and participate at Eurovision.
This season we’re also waiting to hear the confirmation of the Eurovision 2022 host city. The selection process is well under way and the selected city is expected to be announced soon.