Thanks to Marija Šerifoviæ, Belgrade and Serbia have the privilege to host the most exciting music show in the world. Every year more and more countries joining the Eurovision family, this year there is a record of 43 participating countries. Due to several reasons like the voting from last year, there will be two semi finals and one final. 19 countries will start in each semi-final, which will be broadcasted in the participating country. So the draw will decide which country will start in which semi-final. The Big Four countries like United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany as well as the last years winner Serbia are directly qualified for the final on Saturday the 25th of May. This new system should avoid unfair voting. The participating countries are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UnitedKingdom. The running order will be taken by a draw on Monday 28th of January.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.