On the final day that countries can confirm participation, Serbian broadcaster RTS announced Serbia’s withdrawal for Eurovision 2014. Financial reasons are causing the former Yugoslavian country to opt out on a trip to Copenhagen. Bulgaria also opts out.
Both countries initially seemed to confirm participation. Two months ago, RTS-director Aleksander Tijanic stated that Serbia had overcome its issues and would most likely participate. Today however, this hopeful message turned out to be in vain. Romania earlier today walked the opposite track: despite rumours, the Romanians decided to confirm their participation after all.
ESC Daily also received a press release from the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT, in which they explain their withdrawal. Bulgaria will not participate in Copenhagen. The BNT faces some financial constraints in the upcoming year, which unables them to meet the rising costs of Eurovision entrance. According to the press release, entry fees have gone up by 100% compared to Bulgaria’s first participation in 2005.
ESC Daily is still closely following updates from Slovenia, Moldova and perhaps Poland to subscribe for Eurovision 2014.