💶 Increase in participation fees for Eurovision 2023 confirmed

💶 Increase in participation fees for Eurovision 2023 confirmed

As we enter the 2023 national final season, the cost of participating is shown as countries begin to outline their selection plans. However, it has been confirmed that participation fees for Eurovision 2023 have increased following the expulsion of Russian broadcasters from the EBU.

Sky high participation fees for 2023

Prior to Russia’s expulsion, participation fees varied from country to country. For example – in 2022, Romania spent €320,000 across its national selection and Eurovision performance. In contrast, the ‘Big Five’ regularly spend well over this number. Spain’s national broadcaster spent just under €700,000 to take part in Turin, as an example.

However, despite these participation costs already running into the thousands, broadcasters are being expected to pay more to put on the show. This is because in 2022, while Russia was forcibly removed from participating, the broadcasters had already paid their participation fees. As a result, with no Russian broadcasters to take the load off, the cost of taking part is higher. This is the main explanation for the withdrawal of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT confirmed the increase in participation costs. The broadcaster gave no specific reason why the costs had gone up, but said that it was imperative to keep the show going. The EBU did not give a statement, but ensured that costs were being kept as low as possible. Speaking to SVT’s culture site, President of Melodifestivalklubben Sophie Ahlin said:

 It hasn’t always been this expensive, but it hasn’t been as big as it is now either. Nobody wants Eurovision to go back to being held in a concert hall.

Sophie Ahlin, Melodifestivalklubben President

The journey to Eurovision 2023

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on the 9th, 11th and 13th of May 2023. The Contest was due to be held in Ukraine; however, as a result of the ongoing war, second-placed United Kingdom was given rights to host. Artists from 37 countries will participate in the 2023 Contest. No specific slogan or logo has been revealed as yet. Tickets will go on sale in due course, while announcements on hosts and interval acts are expected in the New Year.

What do you make of the news regarding participation fees? Should the Big Five pay more to put on the show? Should the EBU allow other countries like Kazakhstan to debut? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: SVT

Photo Credit: EBU

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