Eurovision 2013: 11 Countries Confirm ParticipationWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Just a couple of hours ago, Loreen and the song Euphoria was crowned the winner of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which was taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan with what is the second highest amount of points ever achieved in the final of the music competition just behind Alexander Rybak whose entry Fairytale managed to amass just fifteen points more. There has been a lot of talk over the upcoming edition especially due to the fact that the last time that Sweden hosted way back in 2000, the organisation was pretty much flawless but it was a smaller show that it has become in present times and this will definitely be a bigger challenge but when one considers how astonishing the broadcaster, SVT, organises their national pre-selection, it should not be too much of a problem. We have just come to know that ten (10) countries have already confirmed their participation within the esteemed event.
Amongst the countries that have already stated that their intentions to take part in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, there are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Spain and of course, the hosts Sweden. The countries who seemed to have shown interest thus far have achieved mixed results this year but it seems that there are a number of contingency plans including to keep at what the nations have done best and that is either selecting internally or organizing a national selection. The formats are expected to stay the same in Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Finland as well as in other nations such as Hungary and Albania but then again, changes are expected in Belarus, Austria and Germany whose results in the Eurovision Song Contest or viewing figures for their method of selection was deemed unsuccessful. At the current moment, many might be expecting an announced from the Public Broadcasting Services and whilst we will be in touch with Anton Attard, the Head of Delegation and Chief Executive Officer of the broadcaster, we believe that our participation is somewhat safe especially after Kurt Calleja and his entry This Is The Night managed to make it to the final where he achieved a respectable twenty-first place in the voting.
Source: escXtra, Eurovision.tv