How many countries will ‘build bridges’ in Vienna?
Director of Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG, Rade Vojvodić announced that participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest depends on the financial situation, and it is not yet sure if Montenegro will send a representative to Vienna. Serbian newspaper 24sata informed that Montenegro is in the same situation as many countries, especially the ones in Southern Europe i.e. Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania and Bulgaria.
All of these countries sent their preliminary applications to the EBU regarding their intention to take part in Eurovision 2015, but reserved the right to withdrew before the 10th of October without any fee. Broadcasters will now try and budget and/or looking for sponsors to secure their participation in Vienna.
Almost all countries from ESC 2014 have expressed their intention to take part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately, there is no news from Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Croatia yet. Polish Television will soon announce their decision regarding Eurovision 2015, and it’s highly possible that Poland will take part once again. On the other side, several Greek media quoted EBU’s statement that the new broadcaster NERIT doesn’t have the status of an active member, and is thus not eligible to participate in Eurovision 2015. It’s worth to mention that Greece took part in 2014 only because of special permission given by EBU due to extraordinary occurrence related to government’s decision to close previous public television ERT.
After 10th of October we will finally know which European countries will “build bridges” in Vienna and which ones will join Andorra, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Monaco and Luxembourg – countries which announced they won’t be participating in Eurovision 2015. If all the countries which submitted their preliminary applications decide to participate in Vienna, Eurovision 2015 will have 42 songs, only one less than in 2008 and 2011 – the two contests with highest number of participating countries. Fingers crossed, Europe!