39 countries??? No, 40 countries will take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Adrian Kavanagh, December 23rd 2014 

The official Eurovision website confirmed on 23rd December 2014 that 39 countries were to take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. This means that 33 countries will be taking part in the two semi-finals – 16 in one semi-final and 17 in the other – making semi final qualification a slightly more difficult prospect than it was in 2014, when the smallest ever semi-final in contest history (the second semi-final which involved just 15 countries) took place.

This would have amounted to two more countries than the number that took part in the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, the news released on 10th February 2015 that Australia would be participating on a one-off basis in the 2015 contest means that 40 countries will now be competing in Vienna. Australia will – as with the Hosts and Big 5 countries – not have to participate in one of the semi finals (meaning the semi-final format remains the same despite Australia’s late entry) and will instead proceed directly to the Final. Australia will get to vote in the Final, but also in both of the semi-finals – which is not the case for the states in the Big 5 and Hosts grouping as these only get to vote in one of the semi-finals.

Sadly, due to the political and economic stiuation in that state, Ukraine will be the one country out of those that took part in the 2014 contest that will not be amongst those countries competing for the big prize in 2015. Ukraine have undoubtedly been the most consistent of the Eurovision counties over the past decade. They won the contest on one occasion (in 2004), but also achieved three other Top 3 finishes, one other Top 5 finish and three other Top 10 finishes over the same period, while achieving a 100% qualification record out of each of the nine Eurovision semi-finals that they took part in between 2004 and 2014.

On a more positive note, both Cyprus and Serbia return after a one year absence from the contest, while the Czech Republic make a somewhat surprising (but no less welcome) return to Eurovision, having been out of the contest for five years since their last participation in the contest in the 2009 semi-final. With San Marino and Montenegro having qualified for the final for the first time in 2014, the Czech Republic will be the only participants in 2015 that have not yet succeeded in qualifying out of a Eurovision semi-final (excluding, of course, the “Big 5” countries who automatically qualify for the final).

This means that 33 countries will participate in the two Eurovision Song Contest semi finals on 19th and 21st May, with 16 countries to take part in Semi Final 1 and 17 countries to take part in Semi Final 2. Ten countries will qualify from each of these two semi-finals and join the hosts (Austria) and the “Big 5” countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany) in the Final on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

The 40 countries that will take part in Eurovision 2015 – and their acts/songs – are listed below. At this point, all of the forty countries (100.0%) have selected their Eurovision acts and songs. Montenegro, Australia, San Marino, Azerbaijan, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Romania, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Finland, Moldova, Ireland, Albania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Italy, Iceland, Armenia, Denmark, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Georgia, Spain, Belarus, Malta, The Netherlands and FYR Macedonia have now also presented their songs for the contest. (The song that was selected to be sung by Elhaida Dani, Diell, to represent Albania in December 2014 was withdrawn on 23rd February 2015. Elhaida will now perform a different song, I’m Alive, for Albania in Vienna and this song was presented on March 15th.) On 17th March it was announced that the title of Armenia’s song would change from Don’t Deny to Face The Shadow.

Country Artist Song Semi Final
FRANCE Lisa Angell N’oubliez Pas Big 5; qualify for Final
GERMANY Ann Sophie Black Smoke Big 5; qualify for Final
ITALY Il Volo Grande Amore Big 5; qualify for Final
SPAIN Edurne Amanacer Big 5; qualify for Final
UNITED KINGDOM Electro Velvet Still In Love With You Big 5; qualify for Final
AUSTRALIA Guy Sebastian Tonight Again One-off participants; qualify for Final
AUSTRIA The Makemakes I Am Yours Hosts; qualify for Final
ALBANIA Elhaida Dani I’m Alive Semi Final 1
ARMENIA Genealogy Face The Shadow Semi Final 1
BELARUS Uzari and Maimuna Time Semi Final 1
BELGIUM Loïc Nottet Rhythm Inside Semi Final 1
DENMARK Anti Social Media The Way You Are Semi Final 1
ESTONIA Elina Born & Stig Goodbye To Yesterday Semi Final 1
FINLAND Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät Aina mun pitää Semi Final 1
FYR MACEDONIA Daniel Kajmakoski Autumn Leaves Semi Final 1
GEORGIA Nina Sublatti Warrior Semi Final 1
GREECE Maria-Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath Semi Final 1
HUNGARY Boggie Wars For Nothing Semi Final 1
MOLDOVA Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love  Semi Final 1
NETHERLANDS Trijintje Oosterhuis Walk Along Semi Final 1
ROMANIA Voltaj De la capăt / All Over Again Semi Final 1
RUSSIA Polina Gargarina A Million Voices Semi Final 1
SERBIA Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies Semi Final 1
AZERBAIJAN Elnur Hour Of The Wolf  Semi Final 2
CYPRUS Giannis Karagiannis One Thing I Should Have Done Semi Final 2
CZECH REPUBLIC Marta Jandova and Vaclav Noid Barta Hope Never Dies Semi Final 2
ICELAND María Ólafsdóttir  Unbroken Semi Final 2
IRELAND Molly Sterling Playing With Numbers Semi Final 2
ISRAEL Nadav  Guedj Golden Boy Semi Final 2
LATVIA Aminata Love Injected Semi Final 2
LITHUANIA Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkyte This Time Semi Final 2
MALTA Amber Warrior Semi Final 2
MONTENEGRO Knez Adio Semi Final 2
NORWAY Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me Semi Final 2
POLAND Monika Kuszynska In The Name Of Love  Semi Final 2
PORTUGAL Leonor Andrade Há um mar que nos separa  Semi Final 2
SAN MARINO Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola: Chain of Light Semi Final 2
SLOVENIA Maraaya Here For You Semi Final 2
SWEDEN Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes Semi Final 2
SWITZERLAND Mélanie René Time To Shine Semi Final 2

Further details will be added to the list above as and when other national Eurovision selections have taken place.

Details on which semi-finals the 33 countries, who do not directly qualify for the final, will be taking part in have now been added to the above list after the semi final allocation draw took place on 26th January 2015.

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