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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

The former Eurovision nations no longer in the Contest

Following Romania's withdrawal from Eurovision 2024, they've become the eleventh nation to choose to no longer compete in Eurovision.

We take a look at all 11, their history with Eurovision, and why they no longer compete.

Additionally, we've included details on the countries that have been removed from the Contest or no longer exist.

Countries that have chosen not to compete

(the year they last competed included)

Romania - 2023

After debuting in 1994, Romania made the Top 10 of Eurovision six times with their best placing being 3rd in 2005 ('Let Me Try') and 2010 ('Playing with Fire').

Romania pulled out this weekend based on the financial costs of competing and concerns of being competitive.

The broadcaster TVR will be putting more budget towards the Olympics this year and modernisation improvements.

In 2023 they finished with 0 points in their semi-final.

Bulgaria - 2022

Bulgaria debuted in 2005 and has made the Top 5 on three occasions. Their best result was Kristian Kostov's runner-up finish in 2017 with 'Beautiful Mess'.

Bulgaria cited financial constraints as their reason for not competing after 2022 where they didn't qualify from the semi-final.

Montenegro - 2022

Montenegro first competed in 2007 and has made the Grand Final twice in 12 attempts at the Contest.

Their best result was from Knez in 2015 with 'Adio' finishing 13th.

They pulled out of the Contest in 2023 and 2024 citing financial constraints with their last result being 17th in the semi-final of 2022 with 'Breathe'. They also pulled out after 2019 to buy a fleet of cars with their dedicated Eurovision budget.

There is hope for 2025 as they have plans to hold a music festival to promote Montenegrin artists which may be used as a way to select their Eurovision artist.

North Macedonia - 2022

Appearing at Eurovision for the first time in 1998, the nation had to wait until 2019 to achieve their first Top 10.

Tamara Todevska finished 7th in Tel Aviv after winning the jury with 'Proud'.

After not qualifying for the Grand Final in 2021 and 2022, the nation withdrew from the Contest in 2023 citing financial restraints.

A return was budgeted by broadcaster MRT for 2024 but had yet to receive government approval. They ultimately withdrew from the Contest in Malmö.

Hungary - 2019

Hungary achieved their best result on debut in 1994 when finishing 4th with 'Árva reggel'.

They finished Top 10 on five occasions and following eight Grand Finals in a row, they missed out on qualifying in 2019.

They withdrew the following year to focus on "supporting the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly." This coincided with a rise in anti-Western and anti-LGBT sentiment by the government at the time.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2016

Their first appearance at Eurovision in 1993 was during the Bosnian War. The competing artists had to leave the nation in the middle of the night and sprint across a UN airfield under sniper fire. Although they escaped unharmed, that same night six other people attempting to flee were killed.

Their best result was 3rd place in 2006 with 'Lejla' by Hari Mata Hari. They made the Top 10 on six occasions including four times between 2006 and 2011.

They withdrew due to their own financial restraints of competing as well as large unpaid debts to the EBU.

Slovakia - 2012

Slovakia debuted at Eurovision in 1994 and has competed six times in total. Their best result was 18th in 1998 and the nation withdrew after non-qualifying four years in a row between 2009 and 2012.

Although the results didn't help, Slovakia said the cost of competing was the main issue and any future entry would need the artist to fund their participation.

There is hope for 2025 as the broadcaster RTVS said they were actively seeking to return.

Turkey - 2012

A former giant of Eurovision, the nation first competed in 1975. They eventually won the title in 2003 with Sertab Erener's 'Everyway That I Can'.

Between 2003 and 2012 they finished in the Top 10 on seven occasions.

They withdrew after 2012 citing dissatisfaction with the rules of the Contest, particularly the return of the jury vote.

Other issues were raised including Conchita's win in 2014 and despite many promising statements in recent years, Turkey looks unlikely to return soon.

Andorra - 2009

The microstate competed at Eurovision six times between 2004 and 2009.

They never made the Grand Final but came close in 2007 with Anonymous finishing 12th in their semi-final with 'Salvem el món'.

They then withdrew citing financial constraints. There have been several attempts for the nation to return but funding remains an issue.

Monaco - 2006

Making their debut way back in 1959, Monaco won the Contest in 1971 with Séverine's 'Un banc, un arbre, une rue'.

They withdrew initially after 1979 but returned in 2004 for three participations.

After not coming close to qualifying in those years, the microstate withdrew from the Contest stating bloc voting patterns gave them no chance of making the Grand Final.

Morocco - 1980

Morocco competed at Eurovision on just one occasion, finishing second last. The broadcaster chose not to compete after their disappointing result.

Countries kicked out

Following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russia and their ally in the war Belarus were expelled from the Contest. Russia last competed in 2021 and was a former giant of the Contest winning in 2008. Belarus's last appearance was in 2019.

Countries that no longer exist

Serbia and Montenegro - 2005

The nation competed twice finishing 2nd and 7th. They withdrew in 2006 and following the split of the nation, began competing as two separate countries from then on.

Yugoslavia - 1992

The nation made its debut in 1961 and competed all the way up to 1992.

They won in 1989 with Riva's 'Rock Me' but stopped competing due to the dissolution of the nation.

So will we see any of these eligible nations come back? There is hope after Luxembourg's return this year after last competing in 1993.

However, for now, Eurovision 2024 will only have 37 nations with Iceland's participation also at risk.

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