Eurovision contestants from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Montenegro have all expressed their withdrawal from the Eurovision 2023.

In a statement, Montenegro led the exodus citing accommodation costs, which immediately jumped up as soon as Liverpool was announced as the host city in the United Kingdom.

“In addition to the significant costs of the registration fee, as well as the cost of staying in Great Britain – we also faced a lack of interest from sponsors, so we decided to direct existing resources to the financing of current and planned national projects and organizational and program reforms, which entail significant investment interventions in equipment and premises.”

The withdrawal was soon followed by Bulgaria, Wiwiblogs reports:

“Bulgaria will not be taking part at Eurovision 2023 and most probably in the future editions as well. After analysis it was decided that this program does not present an interest for the broadcaster any longer.”

The official broadcaster from North Macedonia also expressed their concerns about the rising energy costs and accommodation in the UK.

“Such a decision is in the best interest of the citizens, taking into account the increased costs due to the energy crisis, which occupy a large part of the budget of the Public Service, as well as the increased registration fee for the participation in Eurovision 2023, which until last year was 39,143.00 euros, and the next year is expected to be higher. This decision will enable the saving of funds that would have been set aside for the Macedonian delegation’s stay in Liverpool, where Eurovision 2023 is being held.”

“However, MRT will broadcast the event, the two semi-final evenings and the grand final on its services. MRT hopes that the situation will stabilize, after which the country will return again with participation in Eurovision in 2024.”

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