The EBU has changed the official rules regarding its Associate Members’ participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Until recently, Associate Members were not eligible for participation (despite the Australian exception), but in the new wording, this has changed.
The rephrasing of the rules was noticed by website Eurovoix. The new rules state that: “Associates of the EBU may also be eligible to enter the Eurovision Song Contest, this is decided by the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, on a case by case basis.”
Rumours about a participation for Kazakhstan will only increase after this change of rules. Broadcaster Khabar Agency is an Associate Member of the EBU. A long-term participation license for Australia also seems more likely now. However, Kosovo, another country that has pushed for participation for a long time now, has no Associate Membership just yet and does not stand to benefit from the EBU’s change of heart.
These are the Associate Membership countries that might get a chance to participate due to the new regulation:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States