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Friday, 14 December 2012 19:00

Eurovision 2013: Two Countries Confirm Withdrawal

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The European Broadcasting Union is working round the clock in order to ensure that their predictions with regards to the amount of participating countries is still around the target that they had set earlier this year, which is that involving around thirty eight nations which just happens to be the current number of countries confirmed to take part in the event following the earlier withdrawals put forward by Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and followed by the decisions taken up today which will also see Turkey and Bosnia & Herzegovina not taking part in the esteemed competition due to completely different reasons. Both countries have been known to succeed at the Eurovision Song Contest with the latter in particular having a perfect qualification record since the semi-final system was introduced noting that the former only failed to quality on just one occasion since the same system came into effect.

Both announcements were somewhat unexpected especially that of Bosnia & Herzegovina who are definitely coming off what seems to be one of their most disappointing results with Korake Ti Znam performed by Maya Sar, achieving just fifty five points and eighteenth place after managing to finish in sixth place within the semi-final. BHRT noted that due to financial difficulties they would have to give the competition a miss and therefore, would be taking a year off with the strong possibility that they would be returning in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest should the financial situation stabilize. Despite never winning the competition, they have been close on two occasions, the first time with Hari Mata Hari and his entry Lejla which was written by Zeljko Joksimovic in 2006 and the second would be a sixth place achieved by Dino Merlin in 2010 with the song Love In Rewind.


In the meantime, the second withdrawal of the day came about from Turkey who have been pretty much inconsistent in their line of thought as of late noting that their choice has been somewhat based on the fact that they do not believe the voting system to be fair with the reintroduction of the juries as well as the power that the big five have, which enables them to compete directly in the final. It seems that their somewhat lackluster result achieved in 2011 with the song Live It Up performed by Yuksek Sadakat is being blamed on this whilst noting that they failed to drum up the support they could for the seventh placed entry Love Me Back by Can Bonomo. Turkey did not do well with the jury, finishing in twenty second place whilst managing a fourth place in tele-voting. Therefore, they would like some issues to be addressed. Without both nations, there will surely be less diaspora voting though and this is a plus. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: BHRT, TRT


Last modified on Friday, 14 December 2012 19:06