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18/Dec at 18:09



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San Marino leaves Eurovision Song Contest

San Marino will not participate in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The small republic has informed the EBU that despite wanting to participate, it will not be able to meet all of the necessary criteria for entering the competition in Moscow.

San Marino's withdrawal from the competition after just one year of particiaption comes as the EBU maintains discussions to keep Latvia in the competition. Reports in the last two days have confirmed that the Baltic state is looking to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest in order to save money as it battles a credit crisis.

Initally, the national broadcaster of San Marino, SMRTV, had applied to enter the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, rubbishing rumours that it would withdraw after a poor result in their debut year. However, due to increasing financial hardships, SMRTV have informed the EBU that they will not be moving to the final list of competing countries.

Lithunaian national broadcaster LVT has also claimed that the Eurovision Song Contest participation could be cut as a cost saving measure. Whilst the participation fee in recent years has remained relatively constant, the additional costs such as travel and accoomodation fees have expanded greatly.

The list of participants has traditionally been made public in early December. The delay in revealing the final list of countries taking part in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest suggests that there are still countries that have yet to confirm that they will procede with their participation. 

Stay tuned to for all the latest news regarding the possible withdrawals of Latvia and Lithuania.

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Richard M [19278]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 16:29:51

GEORGIA IS BACK !!! - a few minutes ago they confirmed that Georgia is back in ESC so if Latvia and Lithuania solve their problems we could see 43 countries, but I will be happy with any ESC as long as it's good.

NO SONG = NO VOTE in ESC - that's what I say. Any withdrawing country should have no further part in ESC 2009.

Stian Fikseaunet [18395]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 15:06:14

Axel: NO that is not fair because Serbia and Montenegro even had chosen a song and was ready to participate when they withdrew.... they had gotten much further in the process than that Lithuania, Latvia and San Marino has this year.... if they do not participate they should not vote...

Axel Kearns [47152]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 13:14:57

I do hope though, that if Latvia, Lithuania and San Marino do not participate, that those countries get the opportunity to vote in the final. This was the case with Serbia-Montenegro a few years ago. And I really considered this unfair.

ProjectZero00 [45374]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:57:54

thats sad...but at least its a lesson for ebu! the participation fees are ridiculus! i heard ert was also considerin a greek withdrawal...

Milan S. [19572]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:57:23

Ten little niggers went out to dine,
one choked his little self, and then there were nine.

ChrisP . [42145]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:54:55

I'm apparently the only person who thought Miodio were boring and dull last year...well, me and the rest of Europe :-P That doesn't mean I don't want to see them again - there's been no country I have liked every entry from, but like Latvia, and possibly Lithuania, if they cannot afford to take part...unfortunate, but that's life. The people making harsh comments about Latvia's withdrawal should probably grow up a bit.

w g [12255]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:51:26

I'm finding this whole 'which countries will be in or out' thing really lame. Time was, the EBU used to publish the rules of the ESC with clear dates: the deadline for initial submissions and the deadline for withdrawals. Surely, once the December 14th deadline was over, then that should have produced a list for 2009: any country that applied in time and did not withdraw before that date should be on the official list of participants. Any withdrawals after that date should be treated like the Lebanese and Serbian-Montenegrin withdrawals in previous years. If San Marino withdrew before the deadline, why are we only finding out now? And why is Svante being all mysterious and trying to make us believe that Moscow is going to be the biggest ESC ever? And still all these rumours of the EBU being in talks with such-and-such a country (Italy? Georgia? Monaco?)... Why bother having application deadlines if they are meaningless?

Not to mention the fact that the official Eurovision website is failing to publish any of this information. The rules of the Contest aren't even on there! Rubbish.

I will be sad to see San Marino duck out; I liked their song last year and it's always good to have the micro-states in. As to Latvia, well, I think all of their entries except My Star have been pretty poor, including I Wanna, for me the worst Eurovision winner ever. If they have a year off, so be it. They'll be back in 2010.

Jean-Fran�ois DOMINIQUE [14846]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:40:45

Such a shame!!! Let us remind that the idea to quit the contest circulated since last year at the French TV’s Studios also. After Télé Monte Carlo, we are anxious about this year potential desistance of France Télévision!?…

Cristina Giuntini [30618]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 10:54:47

I don't think the different reactions depend on Countries being considered as Eastern or Western. I suppose it has more to do with personal musical taste. To be honest, I'll miss any Country which should decide to leave, buf if this has to be, I can say, for example, better Latvia than Lithuania leaving ESC. But this is simply because I like the songs Lithuania has sent to the ESC until now more than the ones Latvia has sent. Nothing to do with a Country being Eastern or Western. So I suppose that a lot of people on this forum simply liked the sammarinese song more than the latvian one.

Axel Kearns [47152]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 10:17:52

Good point Benji....

And I believe you are very close with your analysis aswell. But he that's what the contest grew into the last 5 years. A gap between the West and the East that get's bigger every year my friend. Let's hope with all the new rules, that things will all get a bit softer again...that we all grow back towards each others. Although I really do believe that the damage been done, will be very difficult to heal

benji zagreb [31957]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 10:06:05

I have compared your reactions concerning Latvia's and San Marino's withdrawal and I'm a bit confused. All of you seem to be extremely sorry for San Marino, while in the case of Latvia some of you have written coldly: "Well, if they don't have money, let them stay at home". What's the reason for such a biased attitude? Only because San Marino is considered to be a western country and Latvia an eastern one? Ridiculous!

Night Elf [43921]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 09:46:07

OMG what is going on this days ????!!!!!!!

Axel Kearns [47152]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 09:41:13

Very sad, that already 2 confirmed, I believe, at least another 3 to follow....

Melina ~ [35728]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 09:40:21

It's a pity, but I don't blame them, especially after this year' bad result... Interestingly, everyone here seems to have liked their entry (I did as well), so how come it did end up *last* in its semifinal..?!

Even if several countries pass this year due to financial problems (which is fully understandable), I'm sure it won't be a long-time thing, they (or most of them) will return, sooner or later...

Thanasis Mantas [18199]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 09:38:45

I am really sad about this. We had representatives from the Italian peninsula only for one year and now nothing? Too bad...
P.S. I loved Complice!

ALIBI BOY [52480]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 08:44:54


their votes were fair...............

Will T [42521]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 02:35:33

Ben Gray

well it's also on wikipedia, so it MUST be true ;) lol

Ben Gray [44512]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 01:46:51

No other sites have written about this... esctoday are you sure your sources are credible?

Max Raspail [36649]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 01:05:21

Latvia, Lithuania, San Marino - what's going on at the moment?

drusus 1 [10652]
Fri 19 Dec 2008 00:31:33

Very sad....maybe Italy returns now ?

Lucky 12b [52236]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 23:12:40

Sorry, San Marino of course...

Lucky 12b [52236]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 23:11:37

That´s sad...
...hope, that San marino will not have the same Fortune like Morokko:-(

Mario Mir [44111]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 23:07:16

It was predictable that the financial crisis would finally affect several participants.
This fact is not new; in the 80s and 90s some countries withdrew some years because of problems like that. But something has changed indeed: ESC is now bigger and costs are bigger too, so the effect is being clearly amplified.

morgan frayne [51985]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 22:47:50

thats sad! I'd rather have San Marino in the competition than all the "exposure hungry" Eastern european countries!

Zohar Rashit [10195]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 21:58:06

It's wrong to judge a country by one song only, BUT i don;t understand how Complice failed this year. I absolutely loved it !

A o [11689]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 21:49:51

sad to hear San Marino wont be in Moscow :(

dirofreak jean philippe [47413]
Thu 18 Dec 2008 20:49:59

LOL I PREDICTED THIS , this morning on the lithuanian/Latvian topic xD
now let's see if estonia orCzech Republic will withdraw as well lol (i'm god... or maybe not)
(and of course it's not hard to predict like i did that monaco will not return :P) Bad news... their 2008 entry deserved much better , not a qualification (because the 9 qualifiers from the 1st semi were perfect imo (1st semi was the better one as well)

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