Eurovision 2014 application deadline passes - 37 in, 4 withdraw
With the deadline for applications for Eurovision Song Contest 2014 having passed yesterday, we have a clearer picture of who will compete for victory in Copenhagen in May. The following countries let their plans be known before the deadline:
- Romania – After much speculation the past week, Romania and TVR will indeed participate in Copenhagen in 2014. “Romania was signed up yesterday for Eurovision. Follow, as on December 13 will be the subject of the budget of the Board of Directors,” said Dan Manoliu, project coordinator for Eurovision.
- Slovenia – Slovenia applied for 2014, but there is still a chance they may not participate. Slovenian participant from 2013, Hannah Mancini, posted on her Facebook and Twitter, “RTV Slovenija has submitted the application to participate next year on the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. But the final decision has not been made yet.”
- Italy – RAI announced on their official Facebook page that they will be participating in Eurovision 2014. They also mentioned that the medium for selection hasn’t been decided yet.
- Greece – It seems that Greece and their interim broadcaster HPRT has applied for participation. The decision should be honored by the new upcoming broadcaster, NERIT, but only time will tell.
- Moldova – Moldova has confirmed that they will compete in Eurovision 2014, yet the way of selection is not known at this time.
Earlier, the following countries have also confirmed their participation in 2014:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Bosnia & Herzegovina and Portugal are making a comeback. France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom have also confirmed their participation, along with the host country Denmark, of course.
- Bulgaria – For the first time since their debut in 2005, Bulgaria has decided to opt out of Eurovision. BHT decided to withdraw from the competition due to financial reasons, and stated that the participation fees have doubled since their initial entry in 2005.
- Serbia – Serbia will not take part in Eurovision 2014. RTS announced their departure from the contest due to financial reasons. This will be the first time Serbia hasn’t participated since they debuted as an independent country in 2007.
The following countries will also not be a part of the show in 2014:
Croatia and Cyprus have both announced their withdrawal from the contest earlier. Andorra, Czech Republic, Monaco, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey have all announced that they will not be returning next year.
This makes the list of confirmed or interested countries come to a total of 37. This is the lowest amount of participating countries since Athens 2006, where 37 also took part. However, the line-up can still shrink up until January 10.
All entries must be selected by March 17, when the Head of Delegation meeting takes place in Copenhagen.
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