Poland – The EBU doesn’t seem to let Poland go without a fight. The Polish national broadcaster had announced earlier through spokesperson Joanna Stempień-Rogalińska that they would not send an entry to Baku as they want to focus on the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship (to be held in Poland) and on the Olympics in London. According to eurocontest.cz, EBU officials are currently trying to convince Poland to stay in the contest. The country is the 8th most populous Eurovision participant and their withdrawal would thus jeopardize the contest’s lucrativeness.
Apparently the EBU offered TVP to support the organization and producing of Euro 2012, the Olympics and Eurovision related shows as well as proposing Poland a cut of their participation fee which may range from 30 to 80 thousand euros.
Meanwhile, Polish Eurovision fans have started a petition to persuade TVP not to withdraw.