Eurovision 2016: 41 countries applied says Jon Ola Sand
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Today’s magic number is…41! EBU Executive Supervisor Jan Ola Sand has today revealed that, 41 countries are going to take part to the 61st edition of the contest so far. That number is a surprise since only 40 broadcasters have publicly declared their interest in participating. Let’s check the situation:
Last year in Vienne, they were 39 (plus Australia). Portugal is withdrawing, while Ukraine and Bulgaria are coming back., so we have so far 40 competing nations. The question is: who’s the 41st nation? We have several options here:
Australia is granted a permanent ticket to Eurovision, and will hence perform again in Stockholm.
Croatia or Bosnia-Herzegovina has eventually managed to raise funds for a participation to the contest.
Lebanon is taking part (since broadcaster Télé Liban hasn’t ruled out this option yet)
A new guest participant (like Australia in 2015).
An official announcement from the EBU is expected very soon, so you still have a few days or weeks left to guess who the 41st participant (or even the 42nd or 43rd) will be…