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#ESC2016 #EOT weekly report #7: Balkan is back and 43 or 44!? - a record year!

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on November 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM

The last weeks were with less news, but when there have been news like for example the one about Germany's announcement of Naidoo it turned fast into a scandal.

But this week was once again one of the weeks the eurovision fans like. Some announcements of participants of good old known former artists. Also a record participation of countries at the 61st edition of the eurovision song contest next year.

And as always a lot of news during the week, but you won't miss any one of them reading our weekly report. Just read our report and get a summary about the most important facts.

1. Returns in 2016: Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine will be back!

2. A known face for FYR Macedonia in Stockholm

3. Bosnia & Herzegovina will send a trio with one known eurovision artists aswell

4. Will it be a new record? At the moment 43 confirmed nations

1. Returns in 2016: Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine will be back!

Bosnia was the last time in 2012 (Baku) at the contest and missed during the last years in due to financial issues. But with the support of a new sponsor the national broadcaster BHRT announced the return in 2016.

Croatia had the last participation in 2013 (Malmö;) missed the final and missed afterwards two times at the contest. But in 2016 also Croatia will be back, so the news of HRT.

Bulgaria just hosted successfully the junior eurovision and last years second place and because Italy passed the possibility to host the junior to the second placed. Perhaps this was one of the reasons for the national broadcaster BNT to return to the contest.

Ukraine is one of the most successful nations at the contest and participated for the last time 2014 in Copenhagen, the year when the conflict in the home country began. NTU now announced also the return of Ukraine, what was kind of little surprise as there was a lot of doubts, if it would be a priority to this country to join the contest, having to handle so much challenges in the own boarders. But there is no doubt that Ukraine will enrich the contest!

2. Kaliopi will return to eurovision and sing for FYR Macedonia


It was in 2012 (Baku) that Kaliopi sang for FYR Macedonia and it was the best qualification ever for this eurovision country making the 13th place.

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FYR Macedonia started in 1996 to participate and was represented by the same Kaliopi, just the result was worser, making the 26th of 29th place.

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So it will be the third time for the very known and famous Kaliopi.

Eurovision will let you updated as soon as there will be any details about the song.

3. A trio with one eurovision experienced artist is the bosnian mix for 2016

"In the disco" was the sound of Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2004. The sound of next years isn't known yet just the fact that Bosnia & Herzegovina will return and that the broadcaste already selected the three names, who will representing the country.

Dalal Midhat Talakić, Fuad Backović-Deen and Ana Rucner are the three. 

Fuad Backović-Deen was the singer of the entree in 2004 and already has eurovision experiences. Ana Rucner is a known cellist. 

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Eurovision on top will follow the further announcements of the national broadcaster and inform you as soon as there will be details about the song and the performance.

4. Will it be a new record!? - 43 or 44!?

This week the EBU announced the participation of 43 countries, what would be the old record, which already was reached in 2008 and 2011. But there are still rumors in the internet that perhaps there will be one more country joining (Slovakia!?) and finally make 2016 to the contest with the new record of participating countries.

Here the list of the actual confirmed countries:



  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (İTV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Czech Republic (ČT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France Télévisions)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTVA)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ;)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (RTR)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)


A week with a lot of news, but just the beginning of the eurovision season 2016.

Just keep turned to Eurovision on top and get the weekly update about all important facts.

Pedro de Almeida

Categories: Eurovision 2016, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia

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