On Tuesday the EBU confirmed that at least 37 countries will participate in Eurovision 2024 in Malmö. This is the same number as in 2023, but with the addition of Luxembourg who make a comeback in the competition after being absent for 30 years.

Thirty-five of the broadcasters from the 2023 contest in Liverpool are returnees, while Belgium’s Walloon broadcaster RTBF takes over the baton from the Flemish broadcaster VRT.

Romania’s participation isn’t confirmed yet. Talks are continuing with the national broadcaster TVR about participating in Malmö.

This also confirms the participation of Australia, whose invitation to Eurovision expired after the contest in Liverpool. The land down under is the newest member of the Eurovision family having participated since 2015.

List of participating broadcasters

 

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Felix
Felix
2 months ago

Banning Russia but not Israel is hypocrisy, plain and simple. You cannot claim to be a “non-political” contest under these circumstances. You cannot condemn one invasion while looking away from a genocide. I hope Eurovision fans who complain about the contest being “politicized” sees this for the sham it is. And I hope the EBU knows: You messed up. You could’ve had a principled stance. Instead, the contest will now be a target for constant protest and boycott. You did this to yourselves.

ESCfansie
ESCfansie
2 months ago

Israel’s participation makes me want to boycott this year contest 🙁

Xxx
Xxx
2 months ago
Reply to  ESCfansie

bye

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
2 months ago
Reply to  ESCfansie

Israel like everyone else will participate in Eurovision, they are a member of the EBU and I guess they have every right to participate based on their membership. Sadly, we have to associate politics now with Eurovision on a year-by-year basis. The EBU should not intervene as it’s not their say. More realistically a strong message could potentially be sent by Europe if they come last in the semi-final, after all the results of the semi-final are based on public votes. We will just have to see. This conflict has been going on for 75 years and Israel has won… Read more »

Riefky
Riefky
2 months ago

yaaay israel is in,so we can have 3 minute bathroom break and cooling our device by turning it off

sparkling points
sparkling points
2 months ago

As read elsewhere, it looks like North Macedonia will not participate in Malmö.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

yes, MRT explained it they want to celebrate 80 years of Macedonian Radio, and 60 years of Macedonian Television so they do not have the time for ESC in 2024, maybe they return in 2025 instead?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Would participating at eurovision be that much of a distraction from their milestone radio and television celebrations in 2024? Or did they not have enough money to do Eurovision 2024? To be fair, they will still broadcast Eurovision despite not participating.

Stan
Stan
2 months ago

Bulgaria… 🙁

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Cancel this contest now, or else

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

For the sake of your own mental health, please stop infesting Eurovision websites if you loathe the contest so much. You’re 32 years old at that!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

i don’t hate this contest, i just hate the direction this contest is going into

i’ve been a fan of eurovision since childhood, and honestly i never myself have taken politics into this contest, it kinda triggers me heavily anyone who does

my fave countries are: Malta, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, i’ve warmed up nicely to Portugal, i warmed up more to our own nederpop music scene recently

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Again, who are you exactly?

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I Agree , The Fact That Many Countrys Will Not Boycot This Year Is Disgusting . EBU , Please Ban Izrael And Sweden The Plastik Countrys

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Gurl, get a dictionary (or at least enable your phone’s autocorrect)

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

i hope Luxembourg withdraw again as of next year (and this time for good)

i hope by 2028 we are only left with 24 competing countries

karma for the hypocrite losers of the EBU

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Stop taking drugs!

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Luxemburg Is Added To Be Another Swedish Pupet State . 24 Points To Sweden Ewery Year Is Espekted

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

more like 24 points to Portugal, has been like that they gave their 12p to Portugal usually

Tino
Tino
2 months ago

Everyone talking about Israel. I decided I won’t choose a side in this stupid war between Israel and hamas, both are committing terrible things. I just decided I won’t vote anymore for countries that bring too much politics and too much problem in the contest. Therefore, Israel and other troublemakers are not going to receive my votes until they’re not causing problem anymore. I think a lot of people should do so.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

as if you won’t vote for Israel lol

you and many others will when you get brainwashed by their entry (like what happened last edition with Noa Kirel brainwashing everyone with her ”healing” song)

and when israel wins it, ireland, iceland will withdraw next year, same goes for denmark very likely

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Yeah… no

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

i hope another pandemic will happen and then no eurovision, was so lovely in 2020, seeing all of you idiots so stressed lol

Lucy
Lucy
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I dont want that as I’ve never been

Bucket
Bucket
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

You don’t have to pick a side between Israel and H*mas, but you can pick the side of the civil Palestinians.

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

You can’t leave out Hamas, just as you can talk about the suffering of the Israeli people

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

You can’t leave out H*mas, just as you can talk about the suffering of the Israeli people

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 months ago

It may sounds silly but I’m happy that Luxembourg is participating again.I still don’t understand why some people have a problem with Australia’s participation. Let them… Israel? God…I’m not gonna lie…I’m not really happy with it, but I don’t really have a problem with it either Although I do understand some of the reactions…

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

of course Luxembourg another stupid wealthy country who can afford to always participate UGH

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

What is your problem? It seems you have problems with everything and everyone!Stop being negative! After all it’s now the most wonderful time of the year!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

my problem is that the EBU does literally nothing to help the Balkans with their financial issues, when Bosnia & Herzegovina really still love this contest but they are in massive debts, lighten those debts pls it’s been 8 years now since their last participation in 2016 Montenegro one of my fave nations, and even though they do not take part now, i still follow their music scene with a lot of passion, Dado Polumenta is deffo one to stream, ”Alea” is a fab new album Vuk Mob are a great hip hop/balkan pop duo as well i feel very… Read more »

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

It’s not EBU’s fault when your beloved country can’t afford to send an act. It’s a contest but not a charity event.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeshoney

as if i’m literally the only one who throws a rant in here lol

i know it is a contest though

those who i love for Bosnia

  • Zeljko Samardzic: grandfather of the balkan ballads and turbofolk
  • Haris Alagic: half dutch, half bosnian singer-songwriter, would be nice too, bit of an ed sheeran vibe
  • Osman Hadzic: Vjencanica especially is a wholesome turbofolk bop about his wedding, very ethnic and very lovely

some recommendations of artists to give a listen

Bucket
Bucket
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

It is not May yet (the most wonderful time of the year)

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

May is the second most wonderful time of the year, after Christmas

TheOnlyOne
TheOnlyOne
2 months ago

I’m curious – how come Israel is favourite to win at the odds given the negativity towards us – I know that the odds at this point worth nonthing but still it’s interesting to see that

tusanesc
2 months ago
Reply to  TheOnlyOne

They’re probably doing what Malta did in 2021, they’re betting on themselves to manipulate the voting public.

TheOnlyOne
TheOnlyOne
2 months ago
Reply to  tusanesc

Hmm… not so sure as the fandom here is small. Perhaps the jewish diasppra..?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  TheOnlyOne

because it is obvious the public are massively voting for them, same like with Ukraine in 2022

the people are that predictable lmao

corrupt EBU will of course give Israel the best running order slot in the final

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  TheOnlyOne

Because in the real world, most people have nothing against Israel and think it’s defending itself from Islamic terrorism. The real world is the one where the progressive Netherlands elected a far-right government because people don’t think Muslims have a place in the civilized world, by the way. Don’t let chronically online people fool you into thinking otherwise.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago

Indeed, only Muslims/Arabs and poltards blame them for their failures and the first ones use Filastin for virtue signaling. Not as if Arab settler colonialism wasn’t a thing (cough cough Kurdistan, cough cough Assyria, cough cough Amazigh)

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

I really expected North Macedonia to be there, especially seeing how they approved budget for it.
Maybe they ran out of money?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

eurovision is only for the super rich

Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom, Malta, Norway

i wish my country Netherlands would last minute withdraw from this stupid generic gay festival

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

And yet you’re here everyday

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

nothing bad can ever happen to Sweden, puke

i will laugh at the fandom drooling over whatever sexy female artist lmao, also so predictably silly

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

What stuff did you take ?

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

He probably took a “mona de guayaba” (a substance made of paint thinner + guava)

Madhat
Madhat
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

It’s funny you think Malta is among the ‘super rich’ when they literally showed their songs for ESC 2024 in a cardboard studio with a lampshade and dinner tables for a background

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Madhat

Emma Muscat says otherwise

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

You pretend to be fighting against rich countries, so why did you want to end the Czech Republic?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Luk

i’m not against czechia

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Seriously? Didn’t you write this? “withdraw soon Czechia please, we’re better off without you in the contest”

Dida
Dida
2 months ago

It’s business decision, Australia is invited by EBU to participate only because of their participating fee, otherwise….

Harry
Harry
2 months ago
Reply to  Dida

Eurovision isn’t about being in Europe, but sharing common european values. Australia is a country with these values, so it only makes sense to include them. Canada and New Zealand are honestly also countries that would fit into Eurovision. Meanwhile, countries like Hungary and Turkey don’t participate anymore because of different values, for the most part at least.

People have to understand that Eurovision was created to celebrate the new-found bond of the continent and when others have that bond as well, I see no problem with them joining.

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
2 months ago
Reply to  Dida

So what’s wrong with that? Australia has been sending quality entries and they are rich enough to help to excite the contest. Fine by me.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeshoney

Australia is necessary for the contest to make up the numbers, and honestly even before they themselves were in the contest, provided us with Johnny Logan, Gina G to name some with australian roots

Ricki-Lee might do it next btw, she has been working with DNA recently ”On My Own” is a great anthemic bop

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

Given that the contest takes place in Malmo I’m not sure if Israeli delegation will even be able to come, if you are aware about all the safety precautions they do every year.

Aksel Kankaanranta's exboyfriend
Aksel Kankaanranta's exboyfriend
2 months ago

I just talked to people working for YLE and they say that like a quarter of the Finnish Eurovision team are extremely disappointed with the EBU’s decision to include Israel and that they’re even willing to lose their job if YLE does not speak up against this decision like they did in 2022 with russia ? the beginning of the end has just started

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

yass withdraw Finland please do it stand up to the ebu dictatorship

Yuv
Yuv
2 months ago

You do realize finland literally just spent over 350 million USD on Israeli made air defense systems, ya? I would love to see all those YLE people speaking up about it if it was life threatening for them to not use Israeli defense systems

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago

Seems like they’ll soon be hiring at Yle. Amazing news for the jobless Eurofans.

1998
1998
2 months ago

Basically it’s 38. Romania is now making a drama, that means that 99% they are in.

Remember for 2018 how Macedonia was initially out and then for about ten days later Macedonia was put in the list? This is going to be the exact same thing and for Romania now. So it’s 38, not 37.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  1998

If it works out and Romania is in, then 38 was what I expected.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Romania shouldn’t make up their minds because of whatever rubbish they get told by the stupid EBU

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

That means: In each semi final will be six NQ´S

The chances for qualifying are quite good.

Samira
Samira
2 months ago

Note that Israel is defending itself from an organization that is deliberately using their own people as mere scapegoats, being stationed underneath hospitals et cetera, all so they can point fingers at the opposing party. I do not approve of Israel’s general actions either, but the amount of hypocrisy to blame Israel now of all times is ridiculous. It’s a conflict that’s been ongoing for decades, and it makes sense for Israel that they want Hammas out of the picture for good, and death is the only solution to silence those barbarians

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 months ago
Reply to  Samira

If you can look at anything that is happening in that country and still think “self defence” is at all what it is about, you are an evil person.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Ok H4m4s enabler

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

Disappointing and slightly surprising that North Macedonia isn’t there. Fingers crossed for Romania.

1998
1998
2 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Romania is definitely in, there’s nothing to be worried for.

Samira
Samira
2 months ago

Why are people so against Israel? It’s true that the Palestinians are endandered because of them, but the whole Hamas thing is a graver offense. The usual ‘extremist muslim’ stereotype, but nah… they’re not doing anything wrong like deliberately hiding underneath hospitals and stuff, killing their own people and pointing fingers at the opposing side. Nah, Israel is at fault for defending against those terrorists.

Raven
Raven
2 months ago
Reply to  Samira

Hmm, lets see. they’re guilty of commiting war crimes, guilty of using Palestinians as human shields in the past, guilty of imprisoning thousands of Palestinians without fair trial or even a charge, guilty of destroying Palestinian houses to make place for homes for Israeli settlements in the West Bank, guilty of having an apartheid regime and lots of other stuff. Hamas isn’t exactly a good group of people, but Hamas is literally Israel’s own creation. They strengthened Hamas decades ago to dismantle Palestine, and now they’re facing the consequences of that. What do you expect people to do after 75… Read more »

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Raven

The ones at fault for using Palestinians as human shields are H4m4s, not Israel. Also, have you ever heard about Arab settler colonialism or Arab slave trade?

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

The more countries competing the better of course but it means more countries to loose too before the Grand Final, only 26 places for the final night…

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

the more countries competing is better for the show quality in the semi finals honestly

more countries, more unpredictable results, lesser qualifying chances

rather than now 10 Q’s/5 or 6 NQ’s

EBU needs to not make participation costs that expensive anymore, to be more inviting to poorer countries out there

unless you have someone from rich family as your artist
Malta 2022: Emma Muscat
Poland 2023: Blanka
Greece 2023: Victor Vernicos
1/2 Netherlands 2023 too: Mia Nicolai (i mean her daddy must also be some form of well off, as a lawyer and politician)

Max
Max
2 months ago

Imagine, there were years when countries got relegated, so that there were only about 23 to 26 countries competing in an one-night-only event… just imagine…

Nasy
Nasy
2 months ago

Can we let Russia back in since Israel is allowed to compete?

Jonny
Jonny
2 months ago
Reply to  Nasy

I don’t see the connection

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Nasy

i respect Russia now, how they exposed the EBU as a regime

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I wouldn’t be surprised if you voted for Putin’s lapdog Wilders

vetrina
vetrina
2 months ago

Why is Israel is in and Russia was out in 2022?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

Bc countries threatened to pull out of the contest if rxzzia took part in 2022, not bc EBU thought it was the right thing to do

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

Maybe because israel response to huge terror attack against tgeir civilienes and russia attacked ukraine with no real reason?…are you that much clueless?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Terror attack from people living in a concentration camp who are now being slaughtered en mass? Do you hear yourself?

Riley
Riley
2 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Do not even say that. My family are survivors of the Holocaust. Don’t use that excuse to justify murder, especially since you don’t even know what a concentration camp is.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Riley

Its A Lie

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Riley

boo hoo, gonna cry now lmao

Harry
Harry
2 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

Surprise surprise, the world isn’t black and white. Everyone that thinks Israel is totally innocent either is blended by propaganda, stupid or morally questionable. It’s the same thing with the Ukraine conflict. In my opinion, it’s the common people of these three countries that must endure this madness of corrupt countries and political enemies. And you have to see that Eurovision is still a place for political leaders to represent their state. So, as bad as it sounds for the common people, Russia, Ukraine and Israel should all be excluded from Eurovision until the conflicts have settled.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

Why is Australia still in?

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Why wouldn’t they? Or even more: why shouldn’t they? Is there anything you would personally gain from barring them from competing just to have even less countries compete?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

For starters, they’re not in Europe. Secondly, Australian’s aren’t as keen in Eurovision as the EBU wants to paint it out

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

So Morocco apparently was in Europe?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Morocco only took part once and won’t probably ever be back

Greg L
Greg L
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Given they’ve been in since 2015, this is a lazy and old argument.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Greg L

Their invitation was up for renewal this year, so no.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Greg L

Given that their invitation expired this year and EBU isn’t clear about their current status, it’s necessary to ask why are they still in

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

Very disappointing, especially when it comes to North Macedonia and the still unspecified status of Australia. Also, I remain skeptical not just about Romania, but Armenia as well. Really makes me wonder where those supposed 41 countries came from.

And Bulgaria’s social media dude apparently trolled us again.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Surprised at North Macedonia. They were in JESC 2 weeks ago and we’d already seen ESC listed in their budget.

Fingers crossed for Romania to sort things and take us to 38. 16 in each semi

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

hopefully Romania are indeed out

hope Armenia can’t take part in the end because of the war

hope a massive boycott of Israel will happen still and they are expelled

13 countries each semi would be lovely uncompetitive to ruin this edition so much EBU have to cancel it for good as of next year

Who?
Who?
2 months ago

Glad I have booked my tickets so I can boo Israel and Azerbaijan ??
Looking forward to the low televote they will get <3

Colono
Colono
2 months ago
Reply to  Who?

Firstly, you should get a life.. Secondly, non of a artist deserves to be booed despite of their nationality. If you assign a country’s politics to all people from that nation, I am sorry but you are hell of a racist..

Wishing you a more respectful mind.

NickName
NickName
2 months ago
Reply to  Colono

Representating a country causing genocide deserves to be booked at.

Helloman
Helloman
2 months ago

The reason for this is obviously the scandalous competition last year. Countries like Romania, Russia, North Macedonia had enough of Loreens silly win last year.

Robbie
Robbie
2 months ago
Reply to  Helloman

Russia’s had enough? Really? They weren’t there last year and they won’t be back anytime soon : what’s your logic?

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

At this point, they’ll probably never be back, it’ll collapse and new countries will come out of it first lmao

Samira
Samira
2 months ago
Reply to  Helloman

Consider activating a second braincell and you’ll see the hilarious idiocy of your comment

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Helloman

Loreen her win was silly indeed, she and her stupid dog in that plastic generic elite sweden

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago

Song quality goes down less countries participate, It’s that simple folks. Stop voting for crappy representatives such Finland 2023 and Israel, 2023 and then maybe we will go back to the golden days of Eurovision.

EuphoriaNYC
EuphoriaNYC
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

37 countries is the same number of entries as last year, and since Romania’s participation is still up in the air, that could increase to 38. Using your logic, the quality of songs must be improving 🙂

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago
Reply to  EuphoriaNYC

38 is still a pathetic number. We will probably see some crappy entries sneak through to the final due to a lack of competition. I’m looking at you last year’s Estonia and Serbia.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

and again, I’m looking at you, EBU juries placing Estonia in the top 5. lol

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

make up your mind already, few comments below you’re calling for countries to withdraw and now you’re calling for higher number???!!! please make it make sense.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Estonia was a strong jury favourite ballad

and Serbia was at least something different also a complete contrast to Konstrakta’s quirkiness, but Luke was more excellent with the anime vibes, although his PZE performance was stronger for me personally

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

yeah, Finland is not the reason other countries stay away. But a crap a song like Unicorn coming 2nd with the juries almost makes me glad they pushed Sweden so hard. Televoters placed Unicorn 5th which is bad enough but juries gave it an unbelievable 2nd place. The music dies even more with jury voting.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I’m supportive of the juries, but they messed up badly with their love for Unicorn in 2023. If they get wowed by a big name and a dance break, that does not put the contest in a good place.

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I don’t mind the juries usually, but the verdicts cast by them in the last few years put me on the edge.

Finland 2023
Estonia 2023
Israel 2023
Belgium 2022
Switzerland 2022
Belarus 2019
Sweden 2019
North Macedonia 2019
Denmark 2019
Israel 2018
Sweden 2018

And that is just a selected few…

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Exactly. I thought they were put in place to have better taste than the televote. The opposite is true.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Moldova got more points than Chanel, Sam Ryder, Cornelia, Konstrakta, Mahmood and Blanco etc. in Torino, they were second only to winners Ukraine. Any other year they might have won if not for juries.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

P.S. Ari, yes, yes, I know… we have had this conversation a thousand times and you do not find it productive. That was just for the benefit of other readers.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well… we don’t know that because we can’t say how the Ukrainian bonus points would have been distributed without the war. I don’t think they would’ve all gone to Moldova. The booty hypnotic or biti zdrava might have won just as well. All three had only 14 points between them. It’s guessing. Number 2 doesn’t automatically become number 1 under entirely different circumstances.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

True, like 2011, which Sweden was the rightful winner of. Heavy sigh. We’ll never know. There is no perfect system.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

A good start would be real transparency. The EBU should provide us with the exact data of every single televote cast in every single country.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Meaning not just how many votes a country got, but from how many devices? That way we will know not just who got the most points, but who actually had the most supporters. As in actual people.

Blood
Blood
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Exactly. Why this has never even been brough up boggles me.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

You forgot Sweden 2023

Robbie
Robbie
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Song quality has nothing to do with the amount of participants – the songs would have been exactly the same songs last year had there been, say, 3 more countries in the competition : I don’t understand your logic. We all need to accept that our beloved contest has/is forever evolving and whilst the olden days are gone, the golden years will be with us for years – yes, I miss the orchestra, the conductors, the presenters introducing each entry, the bilingual opening ceremony, the suspense of never really knowing the winner till the end of the final : but… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

i have a feeling myself we will get a good line up this year, with a lot of authentic musicians

Belgium, Greece already two awesome choices (Greece going ethnic quite likely for the first since 2018 would that be, Marina’s main music is in greek and even though song submission is a open one, she’ll in the end make final decision for her song, so i reckon songs in greek are what she wants more than those in english, but don’t rule out some bits in arabic or spanish maybe)

Anna
Anna
2 months ago

Israel should be banned!

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Why? Because israel is fighting radical islam terror organisation? What does it says about you? Are you terror supporter or just uneducated jews hater like hitler? I guess you are one of tge two options…

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Why are they the only two options?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Most people already took sides, unfortunately

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

I wish siding with innocent civilians, ALL innocent civilians, wouldn’t be disparaged as naive.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I was just answering the question, but I do agree, both Israeli and Palestinian civilians are in my prayers

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Yeah, I was building on your answer. In this propaganda war, it’s like „if you’re not on this side, you must be on other side“. Well no, actually.

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Most people which support hammas are one of the two i mentioned, there little bit more options that are not complimenting as well…there are more then enough clueless naive people that dont even know what they are supporting and why…more then enough…you dont have to be jewish to understand whi are the good guys unless you are really clueless…but you know, naive eurorpians will understand what israel is facing when the radical will hit the cities in europe and unfortunately its not very far away

Arra
Arra
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

17.000 killed. How many were part of Hamas? Hamas is not on the west bank, what’s the excuse for the ocupation of that land? Israel has a right to defend, but the continuos ocupation of Palestine, the leasing of their waterholes, the stealing of thir houses… how are palestinians supposed to defend? It’s been decades of apartheid. You call everyone who doesn’t agree with you a ‘Hitler’ when the only ‘Hitler’ is Netanyahu. Israel is using white phosphorus, killing reporters and UN workers. He doesn’t care for human rights. It’s a genocide and the EBU has forgotten the identity and… Read more »

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Arra

Bruh, do you really believe in H4m4s’ inflated figures?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

No, they’re not fighting “radical Islam terror organisation”, they’re just fighting civilians and kids, but good that some people in this fandom revealed their Islamophobia and showed their true face.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

“they’re just fighting civilians and kids” who are being used as human shields by H4m4s.
It’s also funny to see your lack of common sense and throw the word “islamophobia,” as if H4m4s hadn’t explicitly stated that their intention is to wipe Israel off the face of earth and then go on with the rest of the world’s “infidels”

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Lemme guess, you support H4m4s

Heyey
Heyey
2 months ago

How underwhelming.. I would’ve at least expected North Macedonia to return as they competed in both JESCs the last two years. And what’s with Romania not participating for the second time when the contest is held in Sweden. Is this some kind of hostility towards Sweden or vice versa?
Also I’m sad to see real European countries like North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Slovakia not participating, but Australia are still in.. I’m happy they’re still with us, but would like more European countries to return.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

Well, last time, Sweden hosted Eurovision 2016, Romania had intended to participate, but they were disqualified, because their broadcaster didn’t pay their debts back.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

At least this time they won’t have an act already chosen who ends up disappointed. Hopefully.

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

The more countries, the lower the participation cost, the bigger the chance that countries on a tighter budget (like the ones you named) can participate. So to be honest if Australia stopped, those countries will have an even harder time returning.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

their music scenes aren’t gone though, plenty of new music still being released as we speak, nice for all the fan contests out there

Slovakia could return in 2025? same with a Monaco return/debut under new broadcaster then

Polegend Godnova
2 months ago

kinda tragic… i was expecting at least 39. at least we might have monaco and slovakia for 2025. romania will hopefully be back too after a sabbatical year. macedonia should stop throwing money at jesc and just focus on the main show.

Matt
Matt
2 months ago

I am surprised that North Macedonia isn’t participating. Does anyone know why they arent, especially when all the initial reports suggested they would and have the money to?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

There are North Macedonian singers in the Australian diaspora. I’d like to see one of those picked, it’d be a nice way to send a part of Europe that didn’t have the money, nor the privilege of being an associated member.

Barry
Barry
2 months ago

?? ?? ?? reunited ??

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Barry

Benelux reunion is 2024 we love

Dominic
Dominic
2 months ago

Ban Sweden and Italy! They are too successful! Ban San Marino and Latvia! They are not successful enough! Ban Azerbaijan and Armenia because of their conflict! Ban Ireland and Moldova because their NFs look cheap! Ban Malta and Cyprus because they use foreign songwriters! Ban Australia because they are not Europe! Ban Czechia because of the technical issues in their NF! Ban Belgium and Norway because they always sing in English! Ban Spain and Portugal because they don’t sing in English! Ban UK because of Brexit! Ban Croatia because I am writing this comment! But then also… Why are there… Read more »

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Australia and Azerbaijan are legitimate arguments, though. Azerbaijan has a conflict with playing fair, too. Of course, questioning Azeri shady business would also call into question countries like Malta.

Dominic
Dominic
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

“Australia and Azerbaijan are legitimate arguments, though.”

Australia is not. Eurovision = EBU broadcasting area, not necessarily Europe. They are in.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

You may have noticed „(*EBU Associate)“ is only written after one participating broadcaster in this list. Do I really need to elaborate on what’s wrong with that? It has been argued many times.

Dominic
Dominic
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

What’s wrong with that?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Preferential treatment. Why can’t Slovenia or Moldova be an associate member and get special discounts?

Dominic
Dominic
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Because EBU is a larger organization than just organizing ESC. Core members participate in other activities too. Thus, their overall ties are stronger. Australia is currently the associate member, as they participate in just some of the activities, ESC included. But in ESC, they are pretty much equals – They pay their fee, and apart from 2015, have participated in the semis just like everyone else. They have also accepted to have one disadvantage – Due to a time zone, they are the only ESC participant who know they won’t be eligible to host, even if they win. And they… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

For the love of all koalas, Australia, what’s stopping you?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

I can not agree that Australia are equals. The contest is organized by the EBU, which is funded by the actual members. We pay the high salaries and for the everyday functioning of the union, without which there would be no Eurovision.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Also, I can not agree that being free from the burden of hosting is a disadvantage. If anything, it is the opposite. They are free to pick whatever act they like without ever worrying about budget problems or organizational headaches that come with a win.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

But where did it ever say Australia gets any discount? The only problem I see with Australia is them being treated differently than Kazakhstan.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

The discount is that they are not obliged to pay EBU membership fees.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Don’t forget that Australia is the ONLY associate member allowed in! Also that the rules of 69 years standing were changed especially for them. Anglosphere bias.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

60

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed, and only just for them and not for the rest of the associate members

DonutLover
DonutLover
2 months ago

So not only we have a permanent slogan but also permanent number of countries.. I am afraid in years to come we won’t see 40+ countries competing..

Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  DonutLover

It’s not that big of a deal. Junior eurovision can survive with 12 countries.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

Look, I wasn’t expecting the number of countries to breach 40 anyway, but I was hoping for at least 38 with Luxemburg returning, and no one else was withdrawing, but at the same time I was expecting Romania to withdraw. I don’t know what to think. Apparently they’re still in talks about whether to participate or not, I wonder if this list has been announced now because people were getting impatient. I don’t know whether I will be surprised or shocked if Romania ultimately isn’t participating next year

1998
1998
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Romania is not out.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago

For those questioning why Russia is out but Israel and Azerbaijan are in: Due to the ”non-political” nature of the event, the EBU doesn’t necessarily ban problematic countries, only problematic broadcasters.
The EBU banned Belarus because their broadcaster wanted to send state propaganda to Eurovision, not because Lukashenko’s regime has been undermining democracy. Even Russia initially was allowed to stay in the competition in 2022 until multiple broadcaster (including some from big countries) threatened to pull out.
It all comes down to the broadcasters. If they don’t threaten to boycot the contest, the EBU will never ban Israel and Azerbaijan.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

The EBU really made a fool of itself in the days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Russia was still welcome at the 2022 contest. It was only when other organisations made a move, e.g., the FIA canceling the Russian Grand Prix, did the EBU go “Oops, we might have made the wrong call here.”

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Of course poor nations have to withdraw if it is held in wealthy elitist sweden, corrupt contest, bye for good from me, no longer my eurovision

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Bye Felicia

Samira
Samira
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Then stop complaining on every post and actually leave. No one here’s waiting with bated breath for your delusions. Go do something with your life

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

You say you will leave since May. Yet here you are, complaining about everything.
Stay true to your word and leave

Claude
Claude
2 months ago

YESSS Australia!!!! So excited to see what they’ll bring next year, and this is such a solid list of competing countries! Yay!

sparkling points
sparkling points
2 months ago

With Finland’s national day coming up we can rejoice and start celebrating them winning in Malmö. Suomi <3 Finland <3 Yle <3 UMK <3 love <3

voix
voix
2 months ago

So Victoria was teasing the fandom for a big announcement and her country is not even part of the contest ?? nothing worst than artists who chase clout to revive their non existent careers #desperate

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  voix

I saw this coming, remembering the moronic and seemingly endless teasing during her 2021 participation. Regardless of that, I have to say though that „Growing up is getting old“ stood the test of time for me. I still listen to the studio version occasionally. I even think it’s the only song of Rotterdam 2021 that I still listen to. I still don’t get this list though. If Romania is still in talks, can’t others be still in talks, too? The EBU doesn’t know its own rules and deadlines.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Dictators of the ebu decide all the rules, deadlines, who to give massive debts

Really hope many things will go wrong with this trash contest in malmo, they deserve that

The sooner esc is cancelled the better

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

Is this the latest we ever had an announcement of participating countries?

1998
1998
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

No. In 2009, 2012 and 2014 we got it in January.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  1998

Ok, good to know. Those happened way before I got into Eurovision in 2016.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago

See y’all in May, as I said 😉
Love from Israel!

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Hopefuly EBU Grows Some Balls And Bans You

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Pretty sure that wealthy sweden got some shady deals with israel, they were so easy to ban russia and now they are protecting israel with all they got, puke

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

You’re just mad bc your dear Russia was banned last year

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Ok terrorist, we heard you….

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Refers to bejba the terrorist ofcourse…

sparkling points
sparkling points
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Ahava 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Love back to you too!

Marc
Marc
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

You will see how many points you will get 🙂

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Not as little as some are predicting, though

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
2 months ago

Don’t understand why Israël and Azerbaijan are still on the list.
Sad for Eurovision.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Mina Matteo

Because They Are Hipokrit Who Only Go Where The Money And Power Is . Innocent Peoples Dying Is Irelewant When The Killers Are Rich

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

When you support terror organisation like hammas and not beautifull country and people like israel is says everything about you, everthing….

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Mina Matteo

Their broadcasters aren’t problematic as Belarus and Russia were when they were banned

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

If I was Romania, I would just leave the EBU. Then apply for “associate” membership, where I wouldn’t have all these bills to pay but could still take part in the contest.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if Romania ultimately withdraws regards of talk right now. They need a break and a reset.

Gaga
Gaga
2 months ago

Over the moon for Australia being back. Azerbaijan must be banned. Corruption scandals in Eurovision, aggression, occupation of others’ lands, slaughtering and ethnic cleansing, summoning voters in questioning, crooked voting m. How many crimes do they have to commit before they are banned?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Now they should change the name of the thing to “Eurovision Song Festival”, because again, it’s not a contest. Calling it a contest is appalling.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Eurovision (+ Associate) Staging, Choreography, and Popularity Festival

United By Hatred Of The EBU

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

How is it not a contest if there’s literal voting and a winner lmao

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

There’s voting and winner in Melodiefestivalen too. nlmao.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Who counts those votes lol, everything is rigged every year

I hate esc more and more

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Why you spend your time on a Eurovision dedicated blog then? You could find another passion, others hobbies maybe…

Robbie
Robbie
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I can assure you that the votes are LEGALLY counted and verified – they’re certainly not rigged. I believe, however, that certain countries have preferences for other countries, regardless of the song eg Scandinavia, ex-Yugoslav countries, Cyprus/Greece, Moldova/Romania, Uk/Ireland but that’s not the same as the whole voting procedure being rigged : you’re heading into dangerous territory by accusing the EBU of that. I haven’t particularly liked any winning song for years – my favourites never quite get there, but what I like here on the west coast of the Scottish highlands is going to differ very much from what… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

Arguably, the far bigger issues act to make the contest MORE important. People need an escape. It’s not “just a song contest”, it is a mental health aid. Culture. Art.

Blood
Blood
2 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

If they are counted and verified, why do we never get their count then?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

It is a contest: there’s a winner and there’s qualifiers

Joey
Joey
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Lmao, in Dutch it is. We call it “Eurovisie Songfestival.”

Thanos
Thanos
2 months ago

I am glad that Australia will compete again! I am sad that Bulgaria won’t be participating and I hope Romania will manage to be there: I still like many of their entries and they can be very solid even if these past few years have been tough. Fully disappointed and angry that Israel and Azerbaijan will be participating. It now solidifies the fact that the EBU has double standards. Neither of these two countries will get my vote this year no matter what

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

TVR / Romanian Telewisions Are The Only Broadcaster Who Is Brave To Stand Up To This Corupt EBU . I Supoort Them What Ever They Deside To Do Because They Are The Only Ones Who Dont Sleep In Swedens Bed

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Gurl, get a dictionary (or at least enable your phone’s autocorrect)

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

That dictionary still couldn’t make up for the apparent lack of a brain, though.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

How Is Australia Inwited Back But Kazakhstan Is Banned ??? Its Unfair And Shows To Me The Biasis In The EBU Against Central Asian/Turkic Peoples

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

You know that Kazakhstan withdraw from JESC and that the ESC isn’t even part of their program anymore, right?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Yeah, because the EBU treated them like dirt. Good enough for junior, but not adult. Make it make sense.

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The voting figures were extremely low

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Finaly We Are Agreeing Because Khabar Telewisions Loves The Eurowision And Was The Best Country At The JESC When They Preticipated . Back To Back Sucess , EBU Was Terified That A Nation Who They Dont Believe Is Equal To Them Preformed So Much Better

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

EBU Forced Them Out . They Wanted To Preticipate Again At The JESC And Maybe Real ESC But EBU Prefers This White Nations Like Australia

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

White nations… wtf, yeah you’re totally sick it’s confirmed.