The 43 Countries for Eurovision 2016

eurovision sweden 2016Eurovision 2016 – So after the news that one time entrants Australia were back, we also got the great news that Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Ukraine and Bulgaria were all back too, bringing the total number of entrants to a record equalling 43! 

The following countries (and their national broadcasters) will participate in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm:

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (İTV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Czech Republic (ČT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France Télévisions)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTVA)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (RTR)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As the countries reveal their selections, we’ll keep an updated list on the Participants tab on the top menu under Eurovision 2016.

39 comments on “The 43 Countries for Eurovision 2016

  1. Is there any chance that the list above is subject to any change in the future? ;)
    Portugal, Slovakia maybe?

  2. I still miss some (as Oxi pointed out above, among others, like Andorra, Luxembourg, Turkey…) but hey it’s a good list with Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Ukraine…

  3. As the list of participants stand not a single missing country is missing for financial reasons. That’s positive.

  4. So far Eurovision 2016 is shaping up to be a great year :) Admittedly not heard any songs yet, but in terms of the host, the host city, and the returning countries, it all looks good. Only thing I’d change is they should have hosted in Tele2

  5. I’m genuinely happy for Bulgaria’s and Croatia’s return.

  6. The letter “T” is missing in the list :(

  7. This is how Ukraine will select its Stockholm hopeful.National final in February: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=ukraine_starts_its_search_for_a_worthy_candidate

  8. Ah, Croatia, Ukraine and Bulgaria are back too! This might be the biggest ESC ever.

    • Currently its tied with 2008 and 2011

      But if we could get Portugal, Slovakia, or Turkey to change any of their minds…

      Would love a nice Turkish shake it, hoped Israel’s success would inspire them as well as their trouncing in Turkvizyon last year (with an amazing song), sadly TRT are focused too much on politics.

      • Don’t just put too much faith in Turkey going all in with “shake it, shake it”. Things seem to change all the time, just as Danny and Jedward have switched style too. :p

        It’s not over yet though. I do believe there is a tiny chance we might get Slovakia after all.

  9. In the meantime,in Minsk this is happening.LOL!

  10. Let me make an offtopic post about the events in Paris. For we shall not forget that among the places that the terrorists striked here, there was a Music Hall (Le Bataclan) where a metal group, Eagles of Death Metal, were having a concert. So music was targetted by the terrorists and also in ISIS’ open letter. So our dedication to the contest, that believes in music as a little place to unite us, is quite important in our dark times.

    Today, the nation said an official farewell to the 130 deaths of November the 13th and among the different events to comemorate, there was this reprise of Jacques Brel’s masterpiece “Quand on n’a que l’amour” by, among others, ETSC 4 Yael Naim (who wrote this version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dme3Oj99iic

    If enjoying music is “wrong”, then we’d rather not be right!

  11. Belarus’ answer to Adele!!! :)

  12. Do you remember the nice party we had on the New year’s Eve last year with the escradio top-250.Now,it’s time to vote for our top-10 of all times!You can do it here: http://12points.tv/esc250#

    • Hmmm…

      For now, I would say:

      12 France 1991
      10 Ireland 1996
      08 Norway 1966
      07 Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006
      06 France 1979
      05 Greece 1976
      04 Portugal 1976
      03 Serbia & Montenegro 2004
      02 Poland 1997
      01 Russia 1994

      Might have changed tomorrow. :P

    • something like, Ireland 96, Bosnia 93, France 68, Turkey 75, Austria 72, Denmark 63, Finland 85, France 91, Estonia 2010, France 69? But then there are others I really love, Bosnia 2006, Norway 95, Sweden 67, Albania 2012, Italy 61, Luxembourg 65, Russia 2001, Finland 96…

    • Not easy, but these were my votes:

      1 point: Spain 1973
      2 points: Denmark 1995
      3 points: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006
      4 points: France 2009
      5 points: Netherlands 2014
      6 points: France 1969
      7 points: Norway 1993
      8 points: Netherlands 2013
      10 points: Denmark 1963
      12 points: Italy 1992

      I don’t expect them to be particularly representative of the final outcome though.

      • Other songs that could as well have fitted into this top 10:

        Cyprus 1992
        Ireland 1994
        Monaco 1967
        Hungary 1994
        Poland 1996
        Sweden 1996
        Serbia 2008
        France 1967
        Italy 1974
        United Kingdom 1997
        Iceland 1997

      • twice more songs from the 00s than the 60s ;)

        • True. But the number of songs in each contest is also much bigger than it was in the 60’s.

        • Also, I think I can not get really exited about the 60’s Eurovision. That is because of what was happening in other parts of the music scene in the 60’s. Pop and rock was turning into an art form that didn’t just want to entertain. Plus there is also the avant-garde scene in those years.

          In the light of this, much of the 60’s Eurovision for me represent just the decency and conformity that f.e. the rock scene was rebelling against. There are of course some really great Eurovision songs from the 60’s with great artistic depth, but still.

    • Atm, Portugal 84 tops my list but that might change once I listen to the songs again. :)

    • Way too early. The his voting should be done minutes from the deadline. Procrastination or bust.

      And definitely some strategic voting. I don’t vote for Euphoria even though its the co second best entry ever because it doesn’t need my points.

      1st place is easy, there’s a new second place, and then it’s just a question of who is on my mind at that moment. I always fit our Angel in and given current events, I’m going to fit Amandine in there this year as well. That leaves 6. Who knows what 6 it will end up being after my crazy brain starts processing all the information.

      Lol, I made even forget to vote because I’m capable of getting lazy too.

    • I went with:

      1. Sweden 2012
      2. Italy 1990
      3. Sweden 1974
      4. Belgium 2015
      5. Iceland 2009
      6. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006
      7. Ireland 1994
      8. Serbia 2012
      10. Israel 1979
      12. Ireland 1987

      Plus many more that there wasn’t room for :P

  13. as usual, just to leave a comment here now and again, last night Catalan TV voted winner of their choir/song contest, and winning group sang version of Lalala (Catalan version from Joan Manel Serrat), very beautiful too, that quartet is now very famous here, let’s see what 2016 brings re Catalonia’s independence from Spain and its consequences..

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