39 countries to take part in Eurovision 2013

39 countries to take part in Eurovision 2013
Contestants from 39 countries are once again on their way to victory. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)
Geneva, Switzerland -

Thirty-nine public broadcasters have confirmed their participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, to take place in Malmö, Sweden, on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May.

"Despite the challenging economic situation in Europe a healthy number of public broadcasters are committed to the long-standing tradition that the contest has become" says Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the contest at the EBU.

Since 2004, between 36 and 43 broadcasters have taken part in the contest and 39 participants brings the number of participants to the same level as Oslo 2010 when the contest took place in Norway.

Bosnia & Herzegovina (BHRT), Portugal (RTP), Turkey (TRT) and Slovakia (STV) have decided not to take part. Armenia (AMPTV) has re-joined the contest after a one-year break.

The following 39 broadcasters have signed up: Albania (RTSH), Austria (ORF), Armenia (AMPTV), Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV), Belarus (BTRC), Belgium (RTBF), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CyBC), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (France3), Georgia (GPB), Germany (NDR), Greece (ERT), Hungary (MTV), Iceland (RÚV), Ireland (RTÉ), Israel (IBA), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), FYR Macedonia (MKRTV), Malta (PBS), Moldova (TRM), Montenegro (RTCG), the Netherlands (TROS), Norway (NRK), Romania (TVR), Russia (C1R), San Marino (SMTV), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG SSR), Ukraine (NTU) and the United Kingdom (BBC).

"We regret the withdrawal of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia, which have all cited economic reasons," Sand added.

Turkish broadcaster TRT has decided to withdraw because of amendments to the rules made in recent years. Sand: "We are surprised by this decision. The changes were made in 2009 and were since never formally objected by TRT. We are eager to pursue dialogue with the Turkish broadcaster to seek a viable solution."

The EBU is sensitive to the economic pressures facing its Members. Contest organisers are constantly seeking ways to cut costs for both participating broadcasters as well as the host broadcaster and find ways to make hosting the competition more affordable.

Initiatives range from reducing time spent in the host city to negotiating special hotel rates for delegations. Other measures are being looked into for the years to come.

The 58th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14th, 16th and 18th of May 2013 in the Swedish city of Malmö, after Loreen won the 2012 contest with the song Euphoria. The winning entry has made it to the charts across Europe and is already regarded as one of the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winners ever.

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  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 13:55
    @My Motherland: Turkey was in the 2012 final - and received 12 points from Azerbaijan. perhaps you mean 2011? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 May 2013 at 00:45
    George_the_greek, όσοι από την Ελλάδα ψηφίζουν την Κύπρο με 12 πάντα, ανεξάρτητα αν το αξίζει ή όχι, ας σταματήσουν να το κάνουν και να της δίνουν ψήφο αξιοκρατικά, επειδή θα το αξίζει το euroτραγουδι της ! και ανάλογα να κάνουν και ΟΛΟΙ οι ευρωπαίοι με ΟΛΑ τα τραγούδια, να τα ψηφίζουν αξιοκρατικά και οχι επειδή είναι γειτονάκια και φιλαράκια !
    George_the_greek, those from Greece that give vote to Cyprus always 12 points, no matter if deserves it or not, let's stop doing it and to give vote on merit, because their eurosong deserve it ! and similar to do all Europeans with ALL the eurosongs to vote on merit and not because they are neighbors and pals! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 April 2013 at 00:28
    Wow, norway's national independence and national day is 17th of may, good luck with the celebration margaret berger, skal stemme på deg, mange klemma fra Håkon Mo Flataker på Sunnmøre. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2013 at 18:59
    doctor zoo, they were not in final in 2012 too...We know what to do report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2013 at 21:57
    now that Turkey is not participating, who is Azerbeijan going to give their 12 points to? must be a major problem for them :-P report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2013 at 23:28
    I am concerned about the fact that every year the song that wins first place in the contest is a very big difference of votes than the second and the rest. does not deny any involvement and no song has won the competition but why so much difference;;; It's like having pre-decided the winner.
    I want to become more objective or vote for all irrespective of countries, and we believe that every one should have the right to vote only once. also believes that the problem with the biased voter has to do mainly with national committees .
    I hear that the countries which take part directly in the final chrimatodotoun much more tender. You can, but their songs are usually not better than others of other countries that do not pass the final. this is not unjust; is like buying success. And more often these countries fails the final. thereby not wasting their money; how to accept this;
    I however I want to see you in the contest all countries. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 February 2013 at 14:19
    If the problem of Turkey is the Big Five, has an easy solution that would provide the same amount of money to the European Broadcasting Union contributed by the other five, and so will be the Big Six. Or if all countries contribute the same can be eliminated the Big Five. That would be fair. Don't you think?

    And if the problem is the voting system, I think that de jury is the way that the countries without friends or mother countries can figure in the left side of the board. Great songs of countries without friendly neighbours never can be in the top ten of Eurivision. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 February 2013 at 23:12
    There should be a new ruling, if countries have more than 1 channel they should be allowed to pass on the broadcasting rights to another channel if they got the funds to do so, in example Bosnia and Herzegovina , they have multiple channels and were considering having another channel take over for the year though the EBU didn't allow it. Personally it would be fairer to allow a secondary channel to broadcast the show if the main broadcaster can't do it. I mean.. we'd still have the countries but lesser used broadcasters would get the chance instead. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 January 2013 at 20:41
    I feel so bad that my country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, will not participate on ESC 2013. It has participated since 1961, because in ex-Yugoslavia each republic had its own television and its own delegations, and in 1961 it was Bosnian delegation. Also, we are the only country from ex-Yugoslavia who made it to the final every year. It's sad what they did to us in the last 20 years. Also, too bad that our good friend Turkey won't participate. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 January 2013 at 20:23
    I'm from Turkey and I surprised too by this decision,unfortunately our broadcasting (TRT) is just like a joke, i get angry cause of this event !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 January 2013 at 13:57
  • Posted on 13 January 2013 at 17:25
    Very sad for Bosnia - Herzegovina, Portugal, Slovakia, Poland and Turkey has withdrawal from 2013 ESC. I hope to see them re-joined again next year. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 January 2013 at 13:28
    I like Malmö, it is a nice place, except in thick fog! We usually drive to Finland from the UK via Denmark into Sweden and across to Stockholm. On one occasion, we couldn't find our hotel and drove around for two hours. I hope Sweden can produce a better entry this year, last year's witch was awful, no key change, just one monotonous scream.

    If only UK would leave the contest and take a leaf out of countries such as Portugal who have realised the whole contest is a fix. Now, let's think, which country needed a polished image last year, to make people forget the shanigans of their royal family? Bullseye: Sweden! What a co-incidence that they won! Wind back to 1968 or thereabouts, when Spain won with a song with no words, just La Laa all the way though. A victory bought by Franco, it has been proved, when the real winner was Cliff Richard. No chance of fair play, methinks. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2013 at 00:27
    Indeed I agree with TRT. The decision is good exactly. I'm not glad to not to take part in this competition but because of policy and relations of neighborliness we can't see the real winner. (Except for 2012) Even TRT is following this way too.We give the top three our brothers. I wanna watch the real winner next years.I hope we will be back in 2014. Good Luck to All!! Love you :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 January 2013 at 20:22
    i don't know why but i think that Ukraine will be the winner in Malmo :) report to the moderator