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Own Eurovision Song Contest 56
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Dates
Semi-finals date 31 July 2021
Final date 7 August 2021
Host
Venue Teatro Nuovo, Serravalle, San Marino
Presenter(s) Senhit
Valentina Monetta
Broadcaster San Marino RTV
Participants
Entries 45
Returning Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro
Withdrawing Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus
"Throne"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 56, often referred to as OESC #56, is the 56th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Serravalle, San Marino, following the country's victory in the 55th edition with the song "Ladro di fiori" by Blanco. It was the second time San Marino had hosted the contest, having previously done so in the twenty-first edition. Organised by the Own European Broadcasting Union and host broadcaster San Marino RTV, the contest was held at the Teatro Nuovo, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Senhit and Valentina Monetta.

Forty-five countries took part in the contest. Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Latvia and Montenegro returned to the competition, while Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Ukraine withdrew for various reasons. Estonia was initially confirmed for the contest when the list of participants was announced. However, their broadcasters was unable to submit an entry by the deadline and were forced to withdraw.

The winner was Cyprus with the song "Throne" performed by Andrew Lambrou. This was country's second victory in the contest, the last one being in the fifteenth edition. The podium was completed by Moldova and Serbia, which equaled their best result achieved in the 36th edition. Sweden, Belarus and Latvia rounded up the top 6, with Latvia equalling their best result from 33rd edition. The host nation San Marino finished 25h.

Location[]

Further information on the host country: San Marino

Host City[]

Own Eurovision Song Contest 56 is located in San Marino
Serravalle
Location of the host city.

Serravalle is a castello located in the European republic of San Marino. With a population of 10,878 inhabitants (of which 2,000 are of foreign origin) and an area of 10.53 km2, it is not only the most densely populated municipality in San Marino, but it also contains its largest settlement (Dogana). Serravalle is located on the edge of the Apennine Mountains.18 FIFA World Cup.

Located in the northeastern part of the Republic of San Marino, Serravalle has an elevation of 148 m above sea level. It is the manufacturing centre of the republic and has industries producing textiles, ceramics, and metalwork. Serravalle was given to the republic in 1463 by Pope Pius II in return for San Marino’s help in opposing Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, tyrant of Rimini, who had taken part in all the wars of Renaissance Italy from 1433 to 1464, mostly for purposes of self-aggrandizement. The castle of the Malatesta family, who ruled Rimini in the Middle Ages, still stands in the town. A highway connects Serravalle with Rimini, Italy, and with the city of San Marino, the republic’s capital. Pop. (2006 est.) Serravalle/Dogano, 9,740.

The town borders on Sammarinese municipalities of Domagnano and Borgo Maggiore and the Italian municipalities Verucchio, Rimini and Coriano. Serravalle counts a surrounding quarter named Galazzano, where the weather station and an industrial area are located.

First mentioned in a 962 document, in medieval times this town was called Castrum Olnani (later Olnano), the village of the elm trees. Serravalle attached to San Marino in 1463, during the last territorial expansion of the Republic.

Venue[]

Teatro Nuovo is a theater in the Republic of San Marino. It is a modern construction that is located in Dogana administrative division (castelli) of Serravalle not far from the border with Italy. It has a capacity for 872 people, which makes it the largest theater in San Marino. Due to a limited number of seats available and the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the host broadcaster decided that this venue will be suitable for hosting the event with a limited number of audience.

Format[]

Semi-final Allocation Draw[]

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 24 July 2021. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final and nineteen in the second semi-final. From each semi-final, ten countries joined the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated.

The thirty-eight semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries[]

Semi-final 1[]

Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Gibraltar, Israel and United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Polka "Odna" Russian 4 102
02 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Mari Kraimbrery "Okean" Russian 3 103
03 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Vugarixx feat. Alim Qasimov "Yol" Azerbaijani 18 36
04 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Sylvie Kreusch "All of Me" English 6 91
05 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Fuel Fandango feat. Mala Rodríguez "Iballa" Spanish 1 118
06 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Kim Begovic "Calling Me" English 14 45
07 Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands Ingi Poulsen, Danny & The Veetos "Einsemi" Faroese 10 55
08 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Rosalie "Chodź, chodź, chodź" Polish, English 13 47
09 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Giulia Penna "Bacio a distanza" Italian 15 44
10 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Joanna "Sérotonine" French 5 97
11 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Normandie "Jericho" English 2 116
12 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Junona "Come with Me" English 12 49
13 Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro Nina Petković "Dance Till I Die" English 17 41
14 Flag of Romania.svg Romania August Day & Tobi Ibitoye "BTCHS" English 19 30
15 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Remie Akl "Ashekt rouhak" Arabic 9 81
16 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Dara Ekimova "Voyna" Bulgarian 11 54
17 Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Nelly "Revolution" English 16 44
18 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Salvatore Ganacci feat. Nailah Blackman "Kill a Soundboy" English 7 91
19 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Milica Pavlovic "Crna jutra (Balkan S&M)" Serbian 8 90

Semi-final 2[]

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Finland, Moldova and San Marino also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Ditø Møre & Disclones "Money in the Bag" English 12 63
02 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Child of the Parish "Before the Moment's Gone" English 3 100
03 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Boggie "Füst" Hungarian 17 40
04 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Elena Tsagrinou "Paradeisos" Greek 13 60
05 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Madison Beer & Kim Petras "Villain" English 15 52
06 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Güneş "Dikenlerinle" Turkish 5 91
07 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Angelika Pushnova "Krasivaya lyubov" Russian 4 99
08 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Andrew Lambrou "Throne" English 1 142
09 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland JFDR "My Work" English 11 66
10 Flag of France.svg France Requin Chagrin "Sémaphore" French 14 57
11 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Baron.e "Comme rêve" French 9 76
12 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Elvana Gjata & Capital T "Fustani" Albanian, English 6 87
13 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Belaro "Forever" English 16 42
14 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Pocket Palma "Daleki poljupci" Croatian 19 27
15 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Froukje "Ik wil dansen" Dutch 2 114
16 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Chris Holsten "Wish I Never Met You" English 10 67
17 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Karetus feat. Sebastião Antunes "Burra" Portuguese 7 77
18 Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia Magdalena Ena "Ko da nema utre den" Macedonian 8 77
19 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Picture This "Things Are Different" English 18 34
20 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Dan Balan & Indi "Dyshat o lyubvi" Russian, English 20 17

Final[]

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 45 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Elvana Gjata & Capital T "Fustani" Albanian, English 24 44
02 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Remie Akl "Ashekt rouhak" Arabic 10 110
03 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Chris Holsten "Wish I Never Met You" English 14 97
04 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Didi Benami "Trouble" English 26 25
05 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Angelika Pushnova "Krasivaya lyubov" Russian 5 132
06 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Baron.e "Comme rêve" French 19 80
07 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Child of the Parish "Before the Moment's Gone" English 12 105
08 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Irina Rimes "N-avem timp" Romanian 2 150
09 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Fuel Fandango feat. Mala Rodríguez "Iballa" Spanish 17 85
10 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Shanguy "King of the Jungle" French, English 25 42
11 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Niina "Waiting" English 16 91
12 Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands Ingi Poulsen, Danny & The Veetos "Einsemi" Faroese 23 55
13 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Froukje "Ik wil dansen" Dutch 15 92
14 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Salvatore Ganacci feat. Nailah Blackman "Kill a Soundboy" English 7 119
15 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Sylvie Kreusch "All of Me" English 20 76
16 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Normandie "Jericho" English 4 142
17 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Güneş "Dikenlerinle" Turkish 20 76
18 Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar Angelwings "Sail Away" English 22 63
19 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Andrew Lambrou "Throne" English 1 230
20 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Mari Kraimbrery "Okean" Russian 8 118
21 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Marina "Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land" English 9 118
22 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Milica Pavlovic "Crna jutra (Balkan S&M)" Serbian 3 144
23 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Joanna "Sérotonine" French 11 106
24 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Polka "Odna" Russian 6 130
25 Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia Magdalena Ena "Ko da nema utre den" Macedonian 13 97
26 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Karetus feat. Sebastião Antunes "Burra" Portuguese 18 83

Scoreboards[]

First Semifinal[]

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Flag of Latvia.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Armenia.svg Flag of Montenegro.svg Flag of Romania.svg Flag of Lebanon.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Czech Republic.svg Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Flag of Serbia.svg Flag of Gibraltar.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of United Kingdom.svg Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Latvia 8 3 7 6 7 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 6 8 1 8 6 102 4
Russia 6 1 7 7 12 8 8 1 10 12 4 1 5 5 6 10 103 3
Azerbaijan 5 5 4 12 2 2 2 1 3 36 18
Belgium 4 2 12 2 3 10 3 3 8 12 4 8 5 7 8 91 6
Spain 7 6 10 4 6 12 4 7 6 5 7 7 10 7 12 6 2 118 1
Slovenia 12 2 4 4 2 7 12 2 45 14
Faroe Islands 1 8 5 7 5 2 6 8 10 3 55 10
Poland 8 8 1 3 7 5 1 6 8 47 13
Italy 3 7 6 4 10 3 4 3 4 44 15
Monaco 5 10 10 5 1 8 4 1 1 6 10 4 12 2 6 2 10 97 5
Sweden 3 12 2 10 12 6 3 3 7 12 12 10 12 12 116 2
Armenia 12 4 8 1 2 6 10 1 5 49 12
Montenegro 3 8 2 10 6 7 2 3 41 17
Romania 10 5 1 3 2 4 5 30 19
Lebanon 4 2 4 7 3 1 12 2 8 12 8 2 4 7 1 4 81 9
Bulgaria 8 1 6 3 8 2 4 3 10 1 3 4 1 54 11
Czech Republic 12 6 3 5 7 5 6 44 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 5 7 10 6 12 4 5 5 12 10 5 91 7
Serbia 2 1 1 12 2 10 10 1 8 10 3 1 3 8 6 5 7 90 8

12 points[]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the first semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Rest of the World, United Kingdom
2 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Lebanon, Spain
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbia, Sweden
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Monaco, Montenegro
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Italy, Romania
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Gibraltar, Russia
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Israel, Poland
1 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Lebanon
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Armenia
Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Azerbaijan
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Slovenia

Semi-final 2[]

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Flag of Georgia.svg Flag of Malta.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Greece.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Belarus.svg Flag of Cyprus.svg Flag of Iceland.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Kosovo.svg Flag of Andorra.svg Flag of Croatia.svg Flag of Netherlands.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of North Macedonia.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Flag of Finland.svg Flag of Moldova.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Georgia 5 2 8 7 3 1 2 4 2 12 2 12 3 63 12
Malta 7 2 1 10 7 8 7 2 10 5 7 8 5 10 8 3 100 3
Hungary 6 2 3 6 10 6 4 3 40 17
Greece 2 3 5 6 10 4 1 4 5 10 10 60 13
Germany 2 10 4 6 6 5 3 2 1 1 12 52 15
Turkey 7 10 8 8 4 3 7 3 10 10 12 8 1 91 5
Belarus 5 3 10 5 10 7 7 7 7 8 12 1 5 12 99 4
Cyprus 8 8 12 10 5 10 8 12 7 5 12 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 146 1
Iceland 12 4 4 8 12 7 6 6 7 66 11
France 10 1 1 12 4 10 4 1 12 2 57 14
Switzerland 10 8 3 6 1 6 4 12 1 3 12 10 76 9
Kosovo 4 6 6 10 5 10 8 12 1 4 6 10 3 2 87 6
Andorra 4 3 4 6 5 2 7 6 5 42 16
Croatia 5 2 4 2 2 4 6 2 27 19
Netherlands 2 6 12 1 12 12 5 1 5 5 8 12 1 4 8 3 8 4 5 114 2
Norway 5 7 6 5 3 1 10 8 12 4 2 4 67 10
Portugal 12 3 7 4 7 6 8 2 3 1 1 3 2 10 6 2 77 7
North Macedonia 4 1 12 12 6 6 8 5 5 8 4 6 77 8
Ireland 1 7 3 8 1 2 5 3 3 1 34 18
Kazakhstan 3 2 3 1 8 17 20

12 points[]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the second semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Turkey
3 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Andorra, Greece, Norway
2 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus North Macedonia, Rest of the World
Flag of France.svg France Belarus, Moldova
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Ireland, Portugal
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Malta, Switzerland
Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia Cyprus, Iceland
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Finland, France
1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany San Marino
Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Netherlands
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Croatia
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Georgia
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Kazakhstan

Grand Final[]

Voting results Grand Final
Flag of Kosovo.svg Flag of Lebanon.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Belarus.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Malta.svg Flag of Moldova.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Finland.svg Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Flag of Netherlands.svg Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Gibraltar.svg Flag of Cyprus.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of United Kingdom.svg Flag of Serbia.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Latvia.svg Flag of North Macedonia.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Armenia.svg Flag of Montenegro.svg Flag of Romania.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Czech Republic.svg Flag of Georgia.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Greece.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Iceland.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Andorra.svg Flag of Croatia.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Points Place
Contestants Kosovo 10 1 2 6 5 2 5 1 2 10 44 24
Lebanon 8 2 12 6 10 3 1 12 12 6 7 8 6 5 6 2 4 110 10
Norway 3 8 1 12 2 7 7 2 8 12 10 4 3 8 10 97 14
Israel 5 2 6 5 2 3 2 25 26
Belarus 2 1 8 1 5 5 12 1 2 3 8 12 10 2 6 8 12 6 4 10 4 5 4 1 132 5
Switzerland 3 8 7 8 7 4 3 4 1 7 3 2 4 3 12 3 1 80 19
Malta 1 4 12 4 5 12 1 10 1 6 1 3 10 12 1 5 2 4 8 3 105 12
Moldova 6 6 7 8 8 3 1 7 4 10 8 10 5 8 2 3 12 5 1 3 3 12 4 5 5 4 150 2
Spain 10 7 7 3 5 7 5 6 10 12 1 5 6 1 85 17
San Marino 5 2 2 7 2 10 1 7 6 42 25
Finland 1 7 4 1 5 3 12 4 2 4 12 10 5 4 5 12 91 16
Faroe Islands 8 5 1 3 1 7 8 2 4 10 6 55 23
Netherlands 7 6 10 2 12 10 8 1 7 1 4 1 4 8 1 8 2 92 15
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 5 6 6 2 10 6 8 8 12 4 5 6 1 4 7 12 6 7 119 7
Belgium 10 4 2 7 10 3 6 10 8 3 4 4 3 2 76 20
Sweden 3 12 3 4 10 3 10 8 6 10 1 6 6 6 3 2 12 12 10 6 2 7 142 4
Turkey 7 8 2 3 6 8 6 7 3 5 7 6 8 76 21
Gibraltar 7 1 6 5 1 4 1 8 4 10 2 6 2 6 63 22
Cyprus 10 5 12 4 12 12 8 12 10 6 12 8 7 4 8 10 3 7 8 5 5 8 8 8 1 7 12 2 4 12 230 1
Russia 1 7 2 6 5 4 2 7 2 3 10 12 6 8 3 12 4 5 10 1 8 118 8
United Kingdom 12 5 3 10 5 12 10 3 8 5 3 2 7 6 12 10 5 118 9
Serbia 4 7 3 1 7 12 6 12 6 8 7 7 12 1 4 10 3 8 1 10 8 7 144 3
Monaco 2 10 8 10 12 5 4 8 3 10 4 5 2 3 2 10 1 7 106 11
Latvia 12 4 2 2 4 4 6 7 12 4 3 5 1 7 4 7 5 10 1 10 3 7 10 130 6
North Macedonia 6 6 6 3 5 3 5 1 2 5 4 6 7 7 8 6 12 3 2 97 13
Portugal 8 2 ' 7 12 2 5 3 1 3 5 7 12 10 1 5 83 18
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.


12 points[]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the grand final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Andorra, Finland, Kazakhstan, Malta, Norway, Turkey, United Kingdom
3 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Ireland, Russia, Slovenia
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Belarus, Latvia, Monaco
Flag of Malta.svg Malta Armenia, Gibraltar, San Marino
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Moldova, Netherlands, Portugal
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Israel
Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Belgium, Germany, Lebanon
2 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece, Serbia
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Cyprus, Kosovo
Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Iceland, Romania
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Faroe Islands, Poland
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Georgia, Sweden
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Hungary, Italy
1 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Switzerland
Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Spain
Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia Croatia
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Azerbaijan
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland France

Other countries[]

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OEBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members has been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined to state their reasons as shown below.

  • Flag of Albania.svg Albania: The broadcaster failed to state their intentions regarding the upcoming edition, thus not being present in the final list of participants.
  • Flag of Austria.svg Austria: Austrian broadcaster ÖRF has confirmed that Austria won't participate in the 56th edition of OESC. The main reason for their withdrawal is that ÖRF doesn't want to participate in a possible quarterfinal. A return next edition is not excluded.
  • Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark: The head of delegation announced that the country would be taking a one edition break.
  • Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia: Despite initially being confirmed for the contest when the list of participants was announced, their broadcaster was unable to submit an entry by the deadline and were forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein: The head of delegation stated that the country would not return to the contest due to them leaving the position. A return in the next edition is not ruled out as a new HoD is expected to be hired by then.
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania: Despite being directly qualified for the final, the broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg: The resignation of the Monegasque head of delegation led to the Luxembourger delegation take over Monaco. However, as a new delegation couldn't be appointed, Luxembourg is ineligible to compete this edition.
  • Scotland.png Scotland: Since the acceptance of Gibraltar in the contest, BBC Scotland believes that it's the right time to finally return independently. Scotland has taken part since its debut in the 3rd edition, until they merged into the United Kingdom in the 44th edition. The head of delegation stated that "United Kingdom is not interested in the Scottish music, making us a void and forgetting about our beloved music industry".
  • Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia: The head of delegation announced that the country would be taking a one edition break.
  • Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine: The broadcaster failed to state their intentions regarding the upcoming edition, thus not being present in the final list of participants.

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