Now it’s official, 43 countries will take part at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. It’s unlikely that a country will deny or will register later on, last year Romania has been disqualified quite lately.
43 countries is the equal record number of participating countries like in Dusseldorf 2011. Australia will be back for the 3rd time and seems to become a steady ESC member in future. Also Russia is going to take part in Kiev next year.
In recent years there were always countries who withdrawn themselves or were disqualified. For some countries it’s a great financial challenge to participate, even if the participation and broadcasting for a show of this format is relatively low compared to other show formats. The EBU is always helping out financially if a host broadcaster is in difficulties. All of the participating countries should be able to host the event.
It’s great to see that Portugal and Romania are back after a year’s pause. On the other hand Bosnia & Herzegovina won’t be represented in Kiev, last year was probably only an exception to be back thanks to a private sponsor. Turkey’s last participation was in Baku 2012, since then the Turkish broadcaster has been distancing from the ESC due to doubtful unfairness. Now the political situation in Turkey would even not allow a participation in Kiev. So if Turkey will ever come back to the ESC is very unclear nowadays.
The smaller countries like Andorra and Monaco which have been seen in the last decade will probably not coming back into the contest. And Luxembourg’s last participation has been in the year of 1993 in Millstreet. The same lack of interest can be seen in Slovakia, which have appeared in Baku 2012 for the last time. On the other hand Slovakia’s neighbour country Czech Republic will be back next year thanks to the qualification for the Grand Final.
The following countries have confirmed their participation (not the running order):
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