Now let‘s start predicting the number of participants for 2024:
my first shot is 35, with Moldova and Belgium withdrawing
I know for sure SVT wouldn't sue or fine a contestant for improvising on stage or agreeing to talk to journalists without asking for permission. Sounds very North Korea to me and I find it crazy anybody thinks such a simple thing as being punished for improvisation in a creative contest is ok in any way. If you're curious as to how this subject came about, it was Mainshow who was bored and wanted to trash Maruv out of nowhere
Well done EBU, nice job #not
Kazakhstan isn't "allowed" to take part and North Macedonia as well as Montenegro officially said that the costs of staying in Liverpool as well as the raising participationg fees are the main reasons for not taking part next year..... Except for kazakhstan still not able to take part, why it should be the fault of EBU for all theses countries not taking part ?
I feel like the fee of participating should at least be partially covered by the host nation this year. If the price it takes just to send participants there is so high that countries are withdrawing because of it, then this is a problem that needs to be fixed.Kazakhstan isn't "allowed" to take part and North Macedonia as well as Montenegro officially said that the costs of staying in Liverpool as well as the raising participationg fees are the main reasons for not taking part next year.
Of course, fans can't blame the EBU for everything but they could have let Kazakhstan in and downsized a little to make it more affordable for smaller countries (reducing the participating fees by increasing the overall number of participants).
The EBU could have taken costs at staying in the host country into account when they chose to let UK host it. Clearly, the energy crisis has already been foreshadowed/noticed... maybe North Macedonia/Montenegro would have taken part if Eurovision had taken place in Poland or Spain.
All in all, it's more like some "secondary actions" by the EBU can be seen as part of the issue.
This doesn't apply for the "non-returning countries" (whose broadcasters are either utterly homophobic or not interesting in re-joining the EBU or taking part at all).
I agree. It doesn't matter where you host it (more or less), the hotel prices will increase 2x-5x for Eurovision. That's basic supply & demand capitalist economy. I think the host nation should provide accomodation (perhaps rent a nearby arena or venue and just build tiny rooms in it) or the EBU should let delegations know a week in advance where Eurovision will be so that they can book it before the fans and the increase in price. Don't blame this on Liverpool!
They do. The host city must provide reserved accomodation for the delegationsYeah, you're onto something here. It's obviously not the host city or the country's responsibility to host people for free, however EBU could do a "Olympics" and simply host the delegations at least in a sorta Eurovision village style and perhaps have some sort of deal with the host city regarding it.
They do. The host city must provide reserved accomodation for the delegations
Without a few invites in the coming months I'm not convinced we will have 37 countries taking part in May.