The rules for the 61st Eurovision Song Contest have been published today by the European Broadcasting Union.
The rules have outlined that the final of the Eurovision Song Contest is now capped a total of 26 countries and that a maximum of six countries can be pre qualified for the final of the competition. The rules mean that we will not be seeing a repeat of the 2015 contest where 27 countries performed in the final with Australia also pre-qualified for the final of the competition.
The six pre-qualified countries for Eurovision 2016 remain the Big Five nations of; France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom plus the host nation of Sweden.
The competition is capped at a total of 46 EBU member countries competing, currently the total of competing countries this year stands at 41.