Exclusive: 39 countries to be represented in Oslo

Exclusive: 39 countries to be represented in Oslo
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As the last hours of 2009 pass by, we have some exciting and exclusive news for you! Contestants from 39 countries will compete for the grand prix of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.

The following 39 countries will be represented at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway:

  • Albania (RTVSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (BHRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (FT3)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Georgia (GEGT)
  • Germany (NDR/ARD)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Portugal (RTP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (RTR)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovakia (STV)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG / SSR)
  • Turkey (TRT)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

Qualification system

The so-called 'Big Four' (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) are automatically qualified for the Final on the 29th of May, as their respective broadcasters are crucial contributors to the Eurovision Song Contest. As host country, Norway (NRK) is also secure of a spot in the Final, to take place on Saturday 29 May.

The other 34 countries will appear in one of the two Semi-Finals, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 May (17 countries in each Semi-Final). Per Semi-Final, 10 countries will qualify for the Final, bringing the total amount of Finalists to 25. The Semi-Final allocation draw, to determine which country will take place in which Semi-Final, is scheduled to take place in early February. The draw for the running order will take place on 22 March.

A mix of 50% professional jury vote and 50% televoting will determine the outcomes of the two Semi-Finals and the Final.

"An extraordinary event"

Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, said to Eurovision.tv: "Despite the tough economic situation, 39 broadcasters signed up for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, proving that it is still Europe's favourite TV-show. We are also happy to have Georgia back in the competition." About the upcoming contest he said: "I am confident we can expect an extraordinary event in Oslo, full of surprises. It's going to be exciting for sure, and we are looking forward to bring Europe and the world some great new songs!"

The Eurovision Song Contest team of the EBU wishes you a happy, prosperous and healthy new year, full of joy and great music!


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  • Posted on 24 March 2010 at 17:38
    http://micropoll.com/t/KDzzuZBEPe vote for the first semi final(please not for ur country) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2010 at 02:54
    Go go SPAIN.I support your song.Someone in Portugal report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2010 at 02:52
    Go away Filipa.That is not our song.Catarina to Oslo.Someone in Portugal report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 January 2010 at 21:51
    Go Armenia! act like JESC! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 January 2010 at 00:24
    Please note this is the Eurovision SONG contest and NOT the Eurovision POLITICAL Contest as most countries think it is and vote politically and not musically. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2010 at 20:27
    SPAIN good luck!!!!!!!!!! I want this year you win! XD report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2010 at 18:09
    Great..i wish luck to all participants,especially to Bosnia&Herzegovina and Vukasin Brajic....

    Lightinings and thunders will rock YOU !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 January 2010 at 22:08
    we can't wait report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 January 2010 at 19:07
    Hey wait for Azerbaijan!as it was last year one of the best places will be ours.Most probably the first.We love you my land of fire.And of course you Turkey-my brother country report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 January 2010 at 22:58
    Good lucks EveryBody report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 January 2010 at 18:55
    Macedonian Jury chose 28 songs that will be presented to the Macedonian national Eurovision Song Contest! Our Martin Vucic and Elena Risteska will again try to represent Macedonia at Eurovision! In my opinion Elena Risteska with song Ангели (Angels) must to represent my country again!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 January 2010 at 18:47
    I hope that LAWRENCE GRAY will represent Malta this year. He has such an exceptional and wonderful voice!!

    36 songs are in the Maltese semi-finals. We have heard 24 till now (6 every week), and none of them has really impressed me. We still have to find a winner.... Lawrence Gray will be singing his song in the last semi-final on the 13th January and I am really looking forward to hearing it... I can't wait!!!

    Happy New Year to Everone!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 January 2010 at 17:28
    It's crisis...
    Sorry...
    Shame on me report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 January 2010 at 13:42
    It's so few countries.... There might be one semifinal with this quantity of countries!
    I want Andorra to take part in ESC, why did they refuse.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 January 2010 at 11:03
    Only Hungary I understand.... but Andorra, Czech Republic and Montenegro I don't understand why.... come on.... send a realy good song and you 'll be in final!! report to the moderator