EBU Press Conference: 43 countries for ESC!

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The EBU Press Conference has begun. Follow the key points below. 43 countries have entered submissions to participate at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Czech Republic for the first time, and Hungary and Austria have applied to return! As reported this morning exclusively by esctoday.com, Italy are not present in the list!

Key points from the press conference:

  • Ukrainian dancer will be sitting in the green room tomorrow night with the other participants but will not perform.
  • The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast in all participating countries live
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, Andorra and Australia will also broadcast the contest
  • Svante Stockselius made a point of noting that this is a special year for Romania and for TVR, with a special 40th anniversary year


  • As predicted earlier today by esctoday.com, the 'breaking news to be anounced at the press conference today was to be the list of countries on the provisional list for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest!
  • 43 countries have entered tojoin the Eurovision Song Contest! Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria are all entering
  • The full list is shown at the end of this article
  • The 43 countries willnow be notified of the fees that they will need to pay in order to participate and have two weeks to decide whether to participate or withdraw.
  • All countries that appear on the final list WILL be able to participate, meaning a maximum of 29 countries competing in the semi-final in Helsink, this marks a clear change in policy for the EBU who as recently as last month remained certain of the 'maximum of 40 countries rule'i
  • 10 semi-finalists will qualify and there will be 24 countries in the final on May 12th.


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

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