The official deadline to apply for a participation in next year’s ESC in Copenhagen has ended yesterday. It was to be expected having a lower number of participating countries, but some countries held their confirmation back until the last day like Azerbaijan, Armenia and Slovenia. Many people thought that the Copenhagen ESC will be the smallest for years that really would have been disappointing. Some countries have returned after a pause like Portugal and Bosnia & Herzegovina this caused a delight in the international media. Poland has not made a decision yet, if they confirm there would be 38 countries.
On the other hand Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Cyprus and Bulgaria have confirmed not being part in 2014 ESC due to different reasons mainly financial based. Turkey is a special case and it has probably nothing to do with the contest itself, it’s more caused by a discussion regarding too less Turkish representatives in the EBU, due to the Turkish point of view. Other former ESC participants like Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, Czech Republic and Morocco have not shown any interest coming back into the ESC family. The EBU is still trying to convince as many countries as possible to come back.
The ESC is one of the most watched TV shows in the world, last year with over 170 million spectators all around the world. This is a great chance for the host country to be promoted with pictures, music and boost the tourism industry furthermore being the musical centre of Europe for almost two weeks and everlasting memories afterwards.
These countries will be part of the 2014 ESC in Copenhagen:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
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