Eurovision is getting more expensive for countries that choose to participate.
That’s the long and the short of the news coming out of Sweden regarding the mandatory participation fee that countries have to cough up if they want to take part in the world’s biggest live music event.
The project manager for Eurovision in Sweden told SVT News that fees are going up, but did not explain why.
However, Sophia Ahlin of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen club, says it’s partly because fans and viewers and expect an ever-bigger competition.
“It hasn’t always been this expensive, but it hasn’t been as big as it is now either,” she said. “Nobody wants Eurovision to go back to being held in a concert hall.”
The EBU declined to comment when asked about the matter by SVT News. However, it did say that it wants to keep costs as low as possible…without saying how it has tried to do that.
As you’re well-aware, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria have all pulled out of the competition in Liverpool.
North Macedonia’s broadcaster MRT cited the country’s energy crisis and “the increased registration fee for the participation.”
The Montenegrin broadcaster said: “In addition to the significant costs of registration fees, as well as the cost of staying in Great Britain – we also faced a lack of interest from sponsors, so we decided to direct existing resources to the financing of current and planned national projects.”
The world is, of course, gripped by inflation and an ongoing energy crisis, which together make everything more expensive.
Fewer participating countries means fewer countries to share the expense. BBC News linked the rising costs with Russia’s expulsion from the contest.
“BBC News understands some countries have been asked to pay more after Russia was banned from the contest,” it said. “Russia, a large financial contributor, was expelled from this year’s competition after it invaded Ukraine.”
What ideas do you have for the EBU to help reduce the cost of participation? Should it enter into a corporate agreement with a social media company like TikTok and use the proceeds to defray the cost for poorer countries? Should it devote all of its YouTube revenues to help defray the costs? Let us know your ideas down below!