41 countries to take part in Eurovision 2020 – Hungary and Montenegro withdraw!

The EBU has just announced that a total of 41 countries are going to be taking part at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Rotterdam next May. Hungary and Montenegro are withdrawing, whilst Ukraine and Bulgaria are back.

The 41 countries competing at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Belarus
  7. Belgium
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Estonia
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Georgia
  18. Greece
  19. Iceland
  20. Ireland
  21. Israel
  22. Italy
  23. Latvia
  24. Lithuania
  25. Malta
  26. Moldova
  27. Netherlands
  28. North Macedonia
  29. Norway
  30. Poland
  31. Portugal
  32. Romania
  33. Russia
  34. San Marino
  35. Serbia
  36. Slovenia
  37. Spain
  38. Sweden
  39. Switzerland
  40. Ukraine
  41. United Kingdom

This means that 35 countries are once again going to compete in two semi finals (18+17), and the allocation draw where it will be determined in which semi each of the countries are going to compete, will take place on the 28th of January.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Mr. Jon Ola Sand stated:

We can’t wait to “open up” to participants from 41 countries in Rotterdam next year. We are thrilled that so many public broadcasters will be presenting their nation’s best musical talent as we celebrate the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have 3 fantastic state-of-the-art shows planned and the excitement around the event in the Netherlands is incredible.

The final deadline to apply is at the end of November, thus we may still see some surprises.

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