Eurovision 2014 - More news came through at the end of last week and instead of publishing many short posts, here they all are. News about Austria, Slovakia, Andorra and Germany!
As we reported many times before, Esctoday has spent the summer asking every European broadcaster what were their decisions for the contest 2014. On September the 6th, they could reveal that Andorra has announced it will not come back in the contest. Andorra participated between 2004 and 2009. Out of 6 participations, they have never qualified to the final. They even only came close once, in 2007 when the microstate managed to finish 12th in the 100% televote one semifinal system! On the other hand, the same day Austria confirmed its participation. Since 2011, they qualified once (in their returning year held in neighbour Germany) and failed to in 2012 and 2013, even finishing last in 2012 second semi. But apparently it won’t stop the country to return.
Today, Esctoday revealed that Slovakia has announced it will not come back in the contest. Slovakia’s return lasted four years, between 2009 and 2012 when the country always failed to qualify to the final.
Based on Esctoday‘s own count, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Albania, Iceland, Ireland, San Marino, Georgia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Estonia, Malta, FYR Macedonia, Belgium, Russia and Germany have all confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next year in Denmark. In the meantime, Belarus, Montenegro, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary and Latvia have said that they will “most likely” be in the competition next year.
Last but not least, Germany’s much expected national final (Unser Song für Malmö won ET’s Frida for best national final), Unser Song für Dänemark revealed a few details: NDR confirmed its existence first of all. Moreover, it will be held on March the 13th in Lanxx Arena in Koln. It will be aired from 20.15 CET on ARD. No details on “a German MF” or a smaller different format were released though.