The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed to Eurovoix that broadcasters have until October to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2019.
EBU member broadcasters wishing to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have until October to submit the required paperwork to compete. The EBU confirmed to Eurovoix that broadcasters have just over a month left to submit all of the paperwork for participation to the union. Last year the EBU’s two deadlines for participation were as follows:
- September 15 – Paperwork required to be submitted
- October 10 – Application to participate could be withdrawn without financial penalty
To date no broadcasters have stated that they will be withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest. It is also looking unlikely that any countries will be making their debut in 2019. A vote on the Kosovar broadcasters membership of the EBU takes place in December which would be too late for an application to take part. While a Kazakh debut in the competition is dependent on the EBU inviting Khabar Agency to take part as an associate member.
The following broadcasters have ruled out a return to the competition;
- Andorra – RTVA
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – BHRT – Currently sanctioned by the EBU for debts owed
- Luxembourg – RTL
- Monaco – TMC
- Slovakia – RTVS
Israel won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after Netta was victorious in the 2018 edition in Lisbon, Portugal with the song Toy. This was Israel’s fourth victory in the history of the contest.
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Eilat are in the running to be the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The bidding process is viewed as a two city race, with Eilat seen as an outsider to be selected as the hosts of next years competition.