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Posted by DINRIL on December 31, 2010

So, with just a few hours to go until we are in a year when Eurovision has yet to take place, things are starting to take shape for 2011’s Dusseldorf extravaganza. For starters, a whopping 43 countries have confirmed they will be taking part in the contest, the largest number that has ever taken to the Eurovision stage in one go (although we fear we may have lost the will to live by the time song number 42 rolls along).  Of those, we can look forward to the return of Hungary, Austria, San Marino and perhaps most significantly, Italy, who are taking part in the contest for the first time since 1997 (take note Luxembourg, there is only so much longer you can sit there in flounce mode before you also have to give in). They will join UK, France, Spain and Germany as one of the countries who automatically qualifies for the final – thus the Big Four will become the Big Five for the first time. And if that’s not pant-wettingly exciting then we don’t know what is. A big comeback for Toto Cutugno perhaps? Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s who we’ll be seeing in the line-up come May….

Albania (RTVSH)
Armenia (AMPTV)
Austria (ORF)
Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
Belarus (BTRC)
Belgium (RTBF)
Bosnia & Herzegovina (BHRT)
Bulgaria (BNT)
Croatia (HRT)
Cyprus (CyBC)
Denmark (DR)
Estonia (ERR)
Finland (YLE)
France (France TV) 
FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
Georgia (GEGT)
Germany (NDR/ARD) 
Greece (ERT)
Hungary (MTV)
Iceland (RÚV)
Ireland (RTÉ)
Israel (IBA)
Italy (RAI) 
Latvia (LTV)
Lithuania (LRT)
Malta (PBS)
Moldova (TRM)
Netherlands (TROS)
Norway (NRK)
Poland (TVP)
Portugal (RTP)
Romania (TVR)
Russia (C1R)
San Marino (SMRTV)
Serbia (RTS)
Slovakia (STV)
Slovenia (RTVSLO)
Spain (RTVE) 
Sweden (SVT)
Switzerland (SRG/SSR)
Turkey (TRT)
Ukraine (NTU)
United Kingdom (BBC)
And on that note, let us wish you all a very happy, healthy, joyful and prosperous New Year and thanks a lot for your support over the past 12 months as without our loyal fans nobody would be reading us and we would basically have to give up and find something sensible to write about.   Now let us consign 2010 to the annals of Eurovision history and bring on 2011, keeping our fingers crossed that the UK actually makes a bit of an effort next year as opposed to coming up with something which sounds like it’s been scribbled on the back of a napkin in the dressing room right before show time……:)
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