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Bulgaria is latest country to pull out of Liverpool song contest

Bulgaria is the most recent nation to announce that it would not compete in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

North Macedonia and Montenegro broadcasters have previously said that the higher admission cost would prevent them from participating in 2023.

As a result of Russia’s prohibition, nations have reportedly been urged to contribute more in order to make up for the revenue they have lost.

The roster of 37 competitors for the tournament in 2023 has officially been verified by the EBU, which oversees the event.

The amount that each participating broadcaster pays to compete is not made public, although the host often contributes a further payment, bringing the total cost of all contestants to roughly £5m.

In this year’s song competition, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria all fell short of moving on through the semifinal round.

For the benefit of Ukraine, the winner of the competition this year, the BBC is anticipated to spend between £8 and £17 million to produce the event in May.

According to the BBC, Liverpool was selected as the host city in part due to its “cultural package that places Ukraine at the core” of the competition the next year.

Russia used to contribute significantly financially to the production, but after its invasion of Ukraine, it was banned from participating.

According to organizers, BBC News “Affordability is a priority for the EBU when it comes to entry fees for the Eurovision Song Contest.

“Each participating broadcaster must pay a fee that is determined by the number of nations taking part in that year’s competition and their total contribution to EBU membership.

The relative size and financial situation of the member are taken into consideration in the calculation of annual membership dues and subscriptions.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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