Eurovision 2020 – As excitement builds about next year’s Eurovision Song Contest and the host city announcement less than a week away, yesterday saw another country confirm its participation. Ireland will be in The Netherlands in 2010, bringing the number of officially confirmed participants to 29 so far.
Confirmed to date, along with the Big 5 of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are:
|Czech Republic||TBD 25 January 2020||TBD 25 January 2020|
|Denmark||TBD 7 March 2020||TBD 7 March 2020|
|Norway||TBD 15 February 2020||TBD 15 February 2020|
|Portugal||TBD March 2020||TBD March 2020|
Not returning is Bosnia and Herzegovina. In July 2019, BHRT confirmed that they could not return due to sanctions imposed by the EBU as a result of the broadcaster’s outstanding debt with the organisation.
Slovakia, Andorra, Luxembourg and Monaco have also confirmed they will not participate in 2020.
Bulgaria originally said via its broadcaster, BNT, that they had no plans to return to the contest in the near future, citing that the contest no longer fit the broadcaster’s content strategy. In June 2019, it was reported that BNT had amassed debts of 50 million lev and was “bankrupt”. BNT is discussing a possible participation in 2020 as of August 2019, with a decision to be reached in September 2019.
Sadly Liechtenstein is unable to make its debt due to financial constraints stopping it from becoming an EBU member to date, and Kosovo have not been given EBU membership, but there is some hope that Kazakhstan may enter soon.