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Eurovision 2023, UPDATED: Confirmed participants in next year’s contest

Since the 2022 Eurovision season has ended, we can say that the road up to the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest is a tumultuous one. Of course, it all started when war-stricken Ukraine won this year’s contest, but we do know now where the 2023 contest is going to be held. Below you can find a list of confirmed countries that will return for the 2023 edition of the contest in the United Kingdom.

  • Albania: Ronela was almost sure of a Grand Final placing this year in Turin, but fate decided differently, and she ended up in 12th place in the First Semi-Final, not reaching the Grand Final. To find its 2023 Albania will traditionally ask the winner of the Albanian music festival, “Festivali i Kenges”, to represent Albania in the upcoming contest.
  • Australia: Furthest away from the European continent, but near winning the contest a couple of times since they started competing in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015. Next year Australia will compete again! After the 2023 contest Australia has to be invited again by the EBU to participate. Their 2023 selection process is yet to be revealed.
  • Austria: DJ Lum!x feat. Pia Maria, and their song “Halo”, did not make it into the Grand Final of this year’s song contest, but Austria will try again in 2023. This year Austria did not advance to the Grand Final for the third consecutive year. How Austria is going to determine its 2023 representative has yet to be seen.
  • Azerbaijan: Last year singer Nadir Rustamli sang his song “Fade to Black” to the 16th place out of 25 contestants in the Grand Final. Rustamli was the first participant ever to get 0 points from televoters, but was voted into the Grand Final by the professional juries. For 2023 Azerbaijan was the last country that announced their participation. This country does not know yet how to find their next participant, but for most years of their participation they found their artists internally.
  • Belgium: This year singer Jérémie Makiese, the singing soccer player, came in 19th during the Grand Final, but the Flemish part of Belgium has decided to compete in next year’s contest. The Belgian national final, called “Eurosong” will make its return on Flemish television to determine who gets a ticket to the upcoming contest. The last time Eurosong was held was back in 2016.
  • Croatia: Unfortunately Croatia did not make into the Grand Final this year, which meant that Mia Dimšić could not sing her “Guilty Pleasure” again. In 2023 Croatia will try again, and they will probably use their annual national final, “Dora” again to find their next contestant.
  • Cyprus: In the contest of 2022 Cyprus ended 12th in the Second Semi-Final, so they did not compete in the Grand Final. Next year Cyprus will choose its participant through an internal selection process.
  • Denmark: In 2022 Denmark did not make it into the Grand Final, because they finished 13th in the First Semi-Final. To choose its 2023 representative Denmark opts to use their “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” format again.
  • Estonia:In 2022 Estonia’s Stefan finished in 13th position in the Grand Final in Turin (Italy) with his song “Hope”. In 2023 Estonia will compete again. The format to choose the new Estonian contestant has yet to be revealed.
  • Finland: In the contest of 2022 Finland’s international rock pride The Rasmus ended in 21st place out of 26 in the Grand Final, but the Finnish want to do better, and that is why they will return in 2023. They will use their popular UMK format again to find their next representative.
  • France: During this year’s contest France came in 24th out of 26 during the Grand Final, but this member of the Big Five is not beaten down, because next year they will compete again. It is not fully confirmed that the French will use a national final again to determine their next representative, but they just might.
  • Georgia: In 2022 Georgia did bad in the Second Semi-final where they ended up in last place. Georgia hopes to do way better in the contest of 2023. The next Georgian representative will be decided by the talent TV show “The Voice Georgia”.
  • Germany: This Big Five country will return in 2023, although they finished second last this year with singer Malik Harris’ “Rockstars”. The format they are going to use to choose the next German representative is unclear at this point.
  • Greece: In the contest of 2022 in Turin (Italy), Greece did well, they ended 8th in the Grand Final with Amanda Tenfjord’s “Die Together”. Between August 26th 2022 and October 9th new songs can be submitted to the national Greek broadcaster ERT.
  • Iceland: In the Grand Final of 2022’s contest Iceland placed 23rd out of 25 countries, which is not that great, but they at least made it to the Final. The next representative will be chosen by a televised national final again, with the name “Söngvakeppnin”; the final of this show will be held on March 4th 2023.
  • Ireland: This country’s 2022 representative, Brooke, sang “That’s Rich” in the Second semi-final and ended in 15th place out of 18 contestants. How the next Irish representative will be chosen is still unknown.
  • Israel: The result of Israel this year was probably not what they expected, because they ended 13th in the Second Semi-final, resulting in this country not competing in the Grand Final. Israel has brushed itself of and will try again next year. The next Israeli representative will be singer Noa Kirel, with which song is yet to be revealed.
  • Italy: Mahmood & Blanco gave us all goosebumps, also known in Italian as “Brividi”, which earned them a 6th place in the Grand Final. In 2023 Italy will compete again. The winner of the world-famous Italian San Remo Festival will also be the representative again of this Big Five country in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2023.
Source: express.co.uk
  • Latvia: This year Latvia finished 14th in the First Semi-final, so they were not present during this year’s Grand Final. In 2023 Latvia hopes to do better. Nothing is confirmed yet, but Latvia will probably use their televised national final “Supernova” again.
  • Lithuania: Monika Liu sang her song “Sentimentai” to a 14th place in the Grand Final of 2022, which is not bad at all. In 2023 Lithuania will compete again, although it is not sure yet how they will select their entry.
  • Malta: In 2022 Malta placed 16th out of 18 in the Second Semi-final, so they did not make it into the Grand Final in Turin. They hope to turn this around in 2023. The televised Maltese national final will be on February 11th 2023.
  • The Netherlands: After an almost top 10 result in the contest of 2022, when singer S10 sang the first Dutch-language entry in 11 years, the Netherlands has decided to compete again in 2023. Dutch national broadcaster AVROTROS will decide internally on the next representative again.
  • Norway: The two yellow alien wolfs of Subwoolfer came in 10th this year in the Grand Final, but do not worry, next year the Norwegians will be back, and God knows what they might come up with next. To decide next year’s participant Norway will use their format Melodi Grand Prix again; the Norwegians will use this format for the 61st time.
  • Poland: This year Poland was represented by Ochman with the song “River”, he ended in 12th place in the Grand Final. In 2023 they will be present again, despite being in a voting scandal this year and a quarrel between this country and the EBU. How the next representative will be chosen is yet unknown.
  • Portugal: This country ended in 9th place in the Grand Final of the 2022 contest, which was great. For the contest of 2023 Portugal will choose its representative again through the “Festival da Canção” format.
  • Romania: In 2022 Romania finished in 18th place in the Grand Final. Although Romania was part of a voting scandal in 2022 they will compete in next year’s contest. The Romanian selection process has yet to be revealed.
  • San Marino: Although their 2022 representative, Achille Lauro, failed to reach the Grand Final, the mini state of San Marino will compete again in 2023. The televised format “Una voce per San Marino” will determine their 2023 representative.
  • Serbia: In 2022 Serbia reached 5th place in the Grand Final, but next year they aim to be #1. The song submissions window for Serbia is open since the beginning of September 2022, and there will be a televised national final.
  • Slovenia: In 2022 the band LPS sang their song “Disko”, but they finished last in the First Semi-final, so they were not in the Grand Final. For 2023 it is unknown how the next Slovenian presenter will be chosen.
  • Spain: After this year’s 3rd place, when we were all asked by Chanel to watch her in SloMo (mo, mo, mo) this Big Five country goes for first place next year when it will compete again. Just like this year “Benidorm Fest” will determine the next Spanish representative.
  • Sweden: The swedes did well this year when Cornelia Jakobs asked us to hold her closer; she finished 4th in the Grand Final. Next year the Swedes will compete again, because why not? They will choose their next representative with their successful “Melodifestivalen” format.
  • Switzerland: Marius Bear’s “Boys Do Cry” finished 17th in the Grand Final in Turin, but in 2023 Switzerland will return to the stage; their national selection will entail a televised final.
  • Ukraine: The Eurovision winner of 2022 is set to compete again in the 2023 contest. Not a lot is known about the next Ukrainian representative or how the participant is going to be chosen. There are a lot of rumours though, one of them that the Ukrainian public can decide their next representative.
  • United Kingdom: Sam Ryder came in 2nd in the contest of this year in Turin, Italy. All of us hoped for non-hostile aliens when British Sam sang “Space Man” on the grand Eurovision stage, and next year the Brits will try to go for gold again, next to being one of the hosts.

Countries which will “probably’ not be in Eurovision 2023

Below you can find a list of countries which will “probably” not be in Eurovision 2023, based on the participants of the 2022 contest.

  • Armenia: Nothing is known yet about a participation of Armenia in 2023.
  • Bulgaria: Due to financial difficulties Bulgaria will not participate in the 2023 contest.
  • Czech Republic: Nothing is known yet about a possible participation of this country.
  • Moldova: Up to this point nothing is known about a possible participation of Moldova.
  • Montenegro: Because of financial reasons Montengro will not be in Eurovision 2023.
  • North Macedonia: North Macedonia will not participate in the contest of 2023..

As soon as there is more news, we will update this article, so stay tuned for more information about next year’s Eurovision participants. In the meantime, for all things Eurovision, check ESCplus International!

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