Update 2014: 16 in for now

Eurovision logoSo it’s only been three weeks since Denmark won the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö with Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops” and brought the Contest over the Öresund Bridge to the Danes, the first time since the Olsens Brothers won in 2001 in Stockholm with their song “Fly On The Wings Of Love”. Today, sixteen countries have officially confirmed for the Contest in an undecided city in Denmark, but as I’ve said in previous articles, the deadline is another six months away, so it could change within the next while. Below are the countries that have confirmed:

  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Germany (ARD/NDR)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)
  • Sweden (SVT)

Albania was apparently confirmed for the Contest, as it was revealed that they “wouldn’t be leaving the show any time soon”, but has since been thrown into doubt. As well as that, there are possibilities that Liechtenstein and Kazakhstan could début in 2014, but need to be approved to join the EBU before they are able to be considered to do Eurovision. In relation to countries returning, the Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, is in negotiations with PortugalTurkeySlovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina to return to the Contest in 2014. Poland will make a decision whether to take part or not in autumn of this year.

Who would you like to be in Eurovision next year? Let me know!!


Albania is going to Eurovision next year

Today, it was confirmed that Albania will be returning to the Eurovision stage next year in Denmark, despite getting one of their worst results ever in Eurovision; 15th position in the second semi-final. But according to Oiko Times, Albania’s national broadcaster, RTSH, will be seen in Denmark next year! The number of countries that have confirmed for Denmark is now at seventeen, with another six months until the deadline.

Albania has confirmed for next year

Albania has confirmed for next year

There had been rumours that Albania would withdraw after they got their second worst placing, one year after they got their best placing with Rona Nishliu’s Suus. To add to that, the head of the Albanian magazine Panorama suggested that Albania should withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest after the bad placing, but RTSH were quick and emphatic to deny the allegations and say that Albania isn’t going to leave Eurovision anytime soon. Therefore, Albania has confirmed participation in Denmark in 2014.

Albania has taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since the débuted in 2004 in Istanbul. The scored their best result in 2012 with Suus, but got their worst placing in 2007, when Frederik Ndoci came in 17th place in the semi-final with his song Hear My Plea. Albania has reached the final six times since they débuted the year the semi-finals were introduced, but have also failed to qualify four times, but Albania is one of the most successful countries to qualify from the semi-final.

Will Albania win the Contest next year?

Israel has confirmed participation for next year

Today, Israel has confirmed that they will be back in Eurovision next year in Denmark through an online article published on mako.il. This now means that sixteen countries have confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest to be held in Denmark in a mere 342 days. Though the deadline is still another six months away, these countries have solidified their participation and we will see them in Eurovision next year.

Israel has confirmed for next year.

Israel has confirmed for next year.

According to the article in the link above, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority have begun to wonder how Moran Mazor didn’t qualify to the final this year and are wondering about participating again, but they have said they will participate again due to the large viewing ratings by the Israeli fans of the Contest. 8.9% of the population tuned into the Eurovision on Mazor’s semi-final, which shows that the Contest is popular in the country. The spokesperson for the broadcaster has also stated, referring back to the fans:

We will not give up. We will continue to send songs and broadcast the show. Has another large crowd of fans in the country. Israel has groups of fans, and a very big favorites. […] We are proud to broadcast the Eurovision


So with these comments, Israel has confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest in Denmark. Israel has been in the final only five times since the introduction of the semi-finals ten years ago and recently, Israel has failed to qualify for the final for three years in a row. Not even Dana International could bring the country back to its glory. So could the 2014 Israeli representative bring Israel to the final for the first time since 2010? Who knows…

Who would you like to represent Israel at Eurovision?