It’s hard to believe we’re getting ready to cover the next Eurovision Song Contest. We seem to remark every year how Eurovision season begins earlier and earlier. However, this year we really mean it: San Marino announced that Valentina Monetta would represent her country for a third time in a row on May 21, 2013, just days after the 2013 Final.
Since then, two other countries have announced their artists: Macedonia will be represented by Tijana Dapcevic, while Austria will be represented by Conchita Wurst. Netherlands, coming off its 9th place finish in 2013, will announce its performer on November 25, 2013. It’s not clear to us if Netherlands is just announcing its representative or if it is announcing its song as well. We shall see… [UPDATED 25 NOVEMBER 2013: They just announced their representative, The Common Linnets.]
Three countries will be determining their song this calendar year. Ukraine will hold its selection show on December 21. As usual, Albania will hold its Festivali i Këngës during Christmas week, with its decision being made on December 28. Meanwhile, Russia will apparently have a multi-week competition to determine its representative, culminating in a final show on December 31. [UPDATED 21 DECEMBER 2013: Russia later announced that they had moved their final until March 2014.]
We’ve updated our 2014 page to list all the countries that have confirmed their participation. Portugal is returning after a year off, while Croatia and Cyprus are sitting out.
Turkey is also sitting out, again citing as reasons the split televote/jury voting system and the fact that the Big 5 get automatic places in the Final. We’re not sure if it wants to be part of a Big 6 or they want only the host country to automatically qualify. Regardless, it feels like Turkey won’t be participating any time soon.
As an aside, we are going to be revamping our Eurovision Fundamentals sections over the next few weeks. We’ll be rewriting each article and updating our choices. We’ll announce when pages are finished on our long-dormant Facebook page, so now is a good time to like us.