Forty-one countries confirm participation in Eurovision

Wed 17 Aug 2011 02:53 GMT | 06:53 Local Time

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Another 13 countries have confirmed that they will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in May.

They are Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Ireland, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, Gun.Az reported.

This brings to 41 the number of confirmed contestants.

Alongside Azerbaijan, these are Germany, Albania, Austria, Great Britain, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Georgia , Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Nederland, Norway, Poland, Croatia, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine.

A question mark hangs over Armenia's participation. Azerbaijani media are reporting that they will compete, while Gohar Gasparyan, head of Armenian's Eurovision delegation, said recently that a decision would be taken in a few months' time.

A relative newcomer to Eurovision would be Morocco, which is reported to have applied to compete. The North African country last took part in Eurovision in 1980.

The semi-finals of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku on 22 and 24 May and the final on 26 May.




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