Why isn't North Macedonia in Eurovision 2023? | The Sun

THE Eurovision Song Contest is a highly popular competition show that many European countries partake in.

North Macedonia will sadly be sitting this one out, read on to find out why.

Why isn't North Macedonia in Eurovision 2023?

Like Bulgaria, Montenegro, Luxembourg and Monaco, North Macedonia will not appear in the 2023 edition of Eurovision.

There are only 37 nations taking part in Eurovision 2023, the lowest number of participants since 2014.

North Macedonia is not taking part due to the economic and energy crisis currently gripping the country.

The official broadcaster in North Macedonia also cited the entry fee as being too high to participate.

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Find out why Montenegro will not participate in Eurovision 2023

Find out why Bulgaria withdrew from Eurovision 2023

Which countries are taking part in Eurovision 2023?

The nations confirmed to take part in the singing contest this year are:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

The semi finals will take place in Liverpool on May 9 and May 11, 2023.

The grand finale with the big five will also be in Liverpool on May 13, 2023.

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The big five are Eurovision 2022 winners Ukraine, hosts the United Kingdom and France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The United Kingdom offered to host instead of winners Ukraine due to the continued conflict happening in the country.

Who is likely to win Eurovision 2023?

The winner of Eurovision is a heated topic of debate amongst Eurovision fans everywhere.

The iconic glass microphone trophy, bragging rights and the opportunity to perform on stages across Europe as the Eurovision winner are highly coveted prizes for singers across Europe.

If you're a betting person, here are the latest Eurovision winner odds from bet365.

  • Sweden 8/11
  • Finland 15/8
  • France 8/1
  • Ukraine 8/1
  • Spain 18/1
  • Norway 20/1
  • Israel 35/1
  • United Kingdom 40/1
  • Italy 45/1

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