Withdrawn Eurovision entries / Non-qualified Eurovision entries

Withdrawn entriesBrani ritirati o squalificati This list presents all the cases when a country withdrew or was disqualified from the contest. 

On a number of occasions entries into the contest have been prevented from competing at a late stage, either through withdrawal by the participating broadcaster or through disqualification by the European Broadcasting Union. The list below highlights cases where an entry for a given country had been planned in a particular year but which ultimately did not occur, either by withdrawal, disqualification or the cancellation of the contest.

On a number of occasions participation in the contest has been either suggested or attempted by countries which are ineligible due to a lack of a participating EBU member broadcaster, such as past media reports of interest by broadcasters in China, Kosovo, Liechtenstein and Qatar. Participation has also been suggested for a number of nations and territories whose participation is currently covered by another country. Potential entries from Wales and Scotland (currently countries of the United Kingdom) and the Faroe Islands (currently a territory of Denmark) have been reported, but are generally prevented due to the exclusive participation rights of the sovereign nation to which they belong.] Wales and Scotland have participated in other Eurovision events where the United Kingdom as a whole do not participate, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision Choir.

In questa lista si trovano i nomi dei brani musicali che inizialmente dovevano prendere parte alla manifestazione musicale, ma che per vari motivi non lo fecero.

  • 1956 | Regno Unito United Kingdom | Denis Lotis & The Keynotes / Shirley Abicair | “Ev’rybody falls in love with someone” / “Little Ship” | English | 
  • 1960 |  France | Marcel Amont | “Tom Pillibi” () | French |
  • 1961 | Svezia Sweden | Siw Malmkvist | “April April” () | Swedish | 
  • 1962 | Danimarca Denmark | Gitte Hænning | “Jeg Snakker med mig Selv” () | Danish | 
  • 1963 | Spanien Spain | José Guardiola | “Nubes de colores” () | Spanish | 
  • 1963 | Finlandia Finland | Marjatta Leppänen | “Muistojeni laulu” (The song of my memories) | Finnish | 
  • 1965 | Finlandia Finland | Marjatta Leppänen | “Iltaisin” (In the evening) | Finnish | 
  • 1967 | Italien Italy | Claudio Villa| “Non pensare a me” () | Italian | Disq.
  • 1968 | Norwegen Norway | Odd Børre| “ Jag har aldri vært så glad i no’en som deg” () | Italian | Ret.
  • 1968 | Spanien Spain | Joan Manuel Serrat | “La la la” () | Spanish-Catalan | 
  • 1970 | Portogallo Portugal | Sérgio Borges | “Onde Vais Rio Que Eu Canto” () | Portuguese | 
  • 1971 | Belgio Belgium | Nicole & Hugo | “Goeiemorgen, morgen” () | Dutch | 
  • 1972 |  Israel | Ilanit (אילנית) | “Chayekha ve chayai” (שינית את חיי) | Hebrew |
  • 1974 |  France | Dani | “La vie à 25 ans” (That old familiar feeling) | French | Ret. The President of France died / Morte del presidente francese Georges Pompidou
  • 1974 |  Malta | Enzo Gusman | “Paċi fid-dinja” () | Maltese | Lack of funding / Mancanza di fondi da parte dell’emittente Public Broadcasting Services
  • 1976 |  Malta | Enzo Gusman | “Sing Your Song, Country Boy” () | English | Lack of funding / Mancanza di fondi da parte dell’emittente Public Broadcasting Services
  • 1976 |Deutschland Germany | Tony Marshall | “Der Star” (Joue ta vie) | German | Disq.
  • 1976 |  Liechtenstein | Biggi Bachmann | “My Little Cowboy” () | English | No national broadcaster / Mancanza di un’emittente nazionale
  • 1976 |  Tunisia | No artist or song selected
  • 1979 |  Turkey | Maria Rita Epik & 21. Peron | “Seviyorum” (I love you) | Turkish | Ret. Boycotted the host Israel under pressure from Arab states / Boicottò la partecipazione in Israele sotto la pressione degli stati arabi
  • 1980 |  Israel | The Brothers and the Sisters (האחים והאחיות) | “Pizmon hozer” (פזמון חוזר) | Hebrew | Conflict with Israel’s Day of Remembrance / Data dell’evento in conflitto con lo Yom HaZikaron
  • 1982 |Griechenland Greece | Themis Adamantidis (Θέμης Αδαμαντίδης) | “Sarantapente kopelies” (Σαρανταπέντε κοπελιές) | Greek| The song was previously released / Brano già precedentemente edito
  • 1984 |  Israel | Ilanit (אילנית) | “Balalaika(בלאלייקה) | Hebrew | Conflict with Israel’s Day of Remembrance / Data dell’evento in conflitto con lo Yom HaZikaron
  • 1985 |  Yugoslavia | Zorica Kondža & Josip Genda | “Pokora” (Покора, Penance) | Croatian | Anniversary of the death of Josip Broz Tito
  • 1986 |Griechenland Greece | Polina (Πωλίνα Μισαηλίδου) | “Wagon-lit” (Βαγκόν λι) | Greek | The contest was held the night before Orthodox Easter
  • 1988 |  Cyprus| Giannis Demetriou & Scott Adams (Γιάννης Δημητρίου) | “Thimame / Thimame (San to rock ‘n’ roll)” (Θυμάμαι / Θυμάμαι (Σαν το ροκ-εν-ρολ)) | Greek | Disq. The song had previously competed in the preselection
  • 1990 |  Malta | Mary Rose Mallia | “Our Little World of Yesterday” ()  | English | Maximum number of participants had already submitted
  • 1990 | Österreich Austria| Duett | “Das Beste” (I couldn’t imagine life without you) | German | Disq.
  • 1992 | Schweiz Switzerland| Geraldine Olivier | “Soleil, soleil” (Soleil, Soleil) | German | Disq.
  • 1999 | Bosnien und Herzegowina Bosnia & Herzegovina| Hari Mata Hari | “Starac i more” (Sailing together) | Bosnian | Disq.
  • 1999 | Deutschland Germany| Corinna May | “Hör’ den Kindern einfach zu” () | German | Disq.
  • 2002| Litauen Lituania| B’Avarija | “We all” (Mes čia!) | English | Disq.
  • 2005 |  Lebanon | Aline Lahoud | “Quand tout s’enfuit” () | French | Ret. Lebanese law bans broadcast of Israeli content
  • 2005 | Weißrussland Belarus| Angelica Agurbash (Анжалікі Агурбаш) | “Boys and girls” () | English | Ret.
  • 2006 | Serbia e Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro | No Name| “Moja ljubavi” (Моја љубави) | Montenegrin | Ret. Nationalistic jury voting in the preselection
  • 2006 | Frankreich France | Virginie Pouchain | “Vous, c’est nous” () | French | Ret. 
  • 2009 |  Georgia | Stephane & 3G (სტეფანე და 3G) | “We Don’t Wanna Put In” () | English | Ret. Politically inappropriate lyrics
  • 2010 | Weißrussland Belarus | 3+2 | “Far away” () | English | Ret. 
  • 2010 | Ukraine Ukarine | Vasyl Lazarovich ( Василь Лазарович) | “I love you…” () | French | Ret. 
  • 2011 | Weißrussland Belarus | Anastasiya Vinnikova (Анастасия Винникова)| “I am Belarussian” (Born in Byelorussia) | English | Ret. 
  • 2012 | Italien Italy | Nina Zilli| “Per sempre” () | Italian| Ret. 
  • 2012 | Weißrussland Belarus | Alyona Lanskaya (Алёна Ланская)| “All my life” () | English | Ret. 
  • 2012 |  Armenia | No artist or song selected
  • 2013 | Nordmazedonien FYRO Macedonia | Vlatko Lozanoski & Esma Redžepova (Влатко Лозаноски & Есма Реџепова)| “Imperija” (Империја) | Macedonian | Ret. 
  • 2013 | Weißrussland Belarus | Alyona Lanskaya (Алёна Ланская)| “Rhythm of love” (Born in Byelorussia) | English | Ret. 
  • 2013 | Bulgarien Bulgaria | Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov (Елица Тодорова & Стоян Янкулов)| “Kismet” () | Bulgarian | Ret. 
  • 2016 |  Romania | Ovidiu Anton | “Moment of Silence” () | English | Debts of the broadcaster
  • 2017 |  Russia | Julia Samoylova (Юлия Самойлова)| “Flame Is Burning” () | English | The artist had a travel ban to the host Ukraine
  • 2019 |  Ukraine | Maruv / MARUV | “Siren Song” (Пісня сирени) | English | Broadcaster could not reach an agreement with an artist to represent country / No artist or song selected
  • 2019 |  Armenia | No artist or song selected
  • 2020 |  Albania | Arilena Ara | “Fall from the Sky” (Shaj) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Armenia | Athena Manoukian (Αθηνά Μανουκιάν; Աթենա Մանուկյան) | “Chains on You” | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Australia | Montaigne | “Don’t Break Me” | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Austria | Vincent Bueno | “Alive” (Lebendig) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Azerbaijan | Efendi (Samira Azer gizi Efendiyeva, Samirə Azər qızı Əfəndiyeva; Samira Efendi) | “Cleopatra” (Kleopatra) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Belarus | VAL (Гурт  ВАЛ) | “Da vidna” (Да відна, Before dawn) | Belarusian | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Belgium | Hooverphonic | “Release Me” | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Bulgaria | VICTORIA (Victoria Georgieva, Виктория Георгиева) | “Tears Getting Sober” (Сълзите стават трезви) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Croatia | Damir Kedžo | “Divlji vjetre” (Wild Wind) | Croatian | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Cyprus | Sandro | “Running” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Czech Republic | Benny Cristo | “Kemama” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Denmark | Ben & Tan | “YES” (Ja!) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Estonia | Uku Suviste | “What Love Is” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Finland | Aksel () | “Looking Back” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  France | Tom Leeb | “Mon alliée (The Best in Me)” () | French, English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Georgia | Tornike Kipiani (თორნიკე ყიფიანი) | “Take Me as I Am” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Germany | Ben Dolic | “Violent Thing” (Brutales Ding) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Greece | Stefania (Stefania Liberakakis, Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη, Stefanía Lymperakáki) | “SUPERG!RL” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Iceland | Daði og Gagnamagnið | “Think About Things” (Gagnamagnið, The datavolume) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Ireland | Lesley Roy | “Story of My Life” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Israel | Eden Alene (עדן אלנה‎; ኤደን አለነ, My beloved) | “Feker Libi” (ፍቅር ልቤ) | English, Amharic, Hebrew, Arabic | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Italy | Diodato | “Fai rumore” () | Italian | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Latvia | Samanta Tīna | “Still Breathing” (Vēl elpoju) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Lithuania | THE ROOP | “On Fire” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Malta | Destiny (Destiny Chukunyere) | “All of My Love” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Moldova | Natalia Gordienko | “Prison” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 | The Netherlands | Jeangu Macrooy | “Grow” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  North Macedonia | Vasil (Vasil Garvanliev, Васил Гарванлиев) | “YOU” | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Norway | Ulrikke (Ulrikke Brandstorp) | “Attention” (Oppmerksomhet) | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Poland | Alicja (Alicja Szemplińska) | “Empires” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Portugal | Elisa | “Medo de sentir” (Afraid of feeling / Fear of feeling) | Portuguese | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Romania | ROXEN | “Alcohol You” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Russia | Little Big | “UNO” (Один, One) | English, Spanish | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  San Marino | Senhit | “Freaky!” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Serbia | Hurricane (Харикејн, Hurricane Girls) | “Hasta la vista” (Видимо се, See you later) | Serbian | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Slovenia | Ana Soklič | “Voda” (Water) | Slovene | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Spain | Blas Cantó | “Universo” (Universe) | Spanish | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Sweden | The Mamas | “Move” () | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |   Switzerland | Gjon’s Tears | “Répondez-moi” (Answer me, Antwortet mir) | French | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  Ukraine | Go_A  (Ґоу_Ей)  | “Solovey” (Соловей, Nightingale) | Ukrainian | Contest cancelled
  • 2020 |  United Kingdom | James Newman | “My Last Breath” | English | Contest cancelled
  • 2021 |  Belarus | Galasy ZMesta (Галасы ЗМеста) | “Ja nauču tebja (I’ll Teach You)” (Я научу тебя) | Russian | The political nature of the song / Testo con riferimenti politici

Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was planned to be the 65th edition of the contest, however the contest was cancelled in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement released by the EBU following the cancellation confirmed that the entries chosen to compete in the 2020 contest would not be eligible for the 2021 contest. As these songs have not been performed live in the competition they are not considered to be contest entries and are not counted in the running total of entries performed.

Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Country Artist Song Language
 Albania Arilena Ara “Fall from the Sky” English
 Armenia Athena Manoukian “Chains on You” English
 Australia Montaigne “Don’t Break Me” English
 Austria Vincent Bueno “Alive” English
 Azerbaijan Efendi “Cleopatra” English[al]
 Belarus VAL “Da vidna” (Да відна) Belarusian
 Belgium Hooverphonic “Release Me” English
 Bulgaria Victoria “Tears Getting Sober” English
 Croatia Damir Kedžo “Divlji vjetre” Croatian
 Cyprus Sandro “Running” English
 Czech Republic Benny Cristo “Kemama” English
 Denmark Ben & Tan “Yes” English
 Estonia Uku Suviste “What Love Is” English
 Finland Aksel “Looking Back” English
 France Tom Leeb “Mon alliée (The Best in Me)” French, English
 Georgia Tornike Kipiani “Take Me as I Am” English[b][d][e][g]
 Germany Ben Dolic “Violent Thing” English
 Greece Stefania “Supergirl” English
 Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið “Think About Things” English
 Ireland Lesley Roy “Story of My Life” English
 Israel Eden Alene “Feker Libi” (ፍቅር ልቤ) English, Amharic, Hebrew, Arabic
 Italy Diodato “Fai rumore” Italian
 Latvia Samanta Tīna “Still Breathing” English
 Lithuania The Roop “On Fire” English
 Malta Destiny “All of My Love” English
 Moldova Natalia Gordienko “Prison” English
 Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy “Grow” English
 North Macedonia Vasil “You” English
 Norway Ulrikke “Attention” English
 Poland Alicja “Empires” English
 Portugal Elisa “Medo de sentir” Portuguese
 Romania Roxen “Alcohol You” English
 Russia Little Big “Uno” English, Spanish
 San Marino Senhit “Freaky!” English
 Serbia Hurricane “Hasta la vista” Serbian[c][d]
 Slovenia Ana Soklič “Voda” Slovene
 Spain Blas Cantó “Universo” Spanish
 Sweden The Mamas “Move” English
  Switzerland Gjon’s Tears “Répondez-moi” French
 Ukraine Go_A “Solovey” (Соловей) Ukrainian
 United Kingdom James Newman “My Last Breath” English

Entries that failed to qualify – The 1993 and 1996 contests featured a pre-qualifying round. Unlike the semi-final system that has been in place since 2004, in which countries that do not advance past the semi-finals are still credited as having participated in the contest, countries that did not pass the pre-qualifying rounds in 1993 and 1996 have not been credited with having participated in the contests for those years.

Pre-qualifying competitions were held in advance of the 1993 and 1996 editions of the contest, as a measure to reduce the number of competing entries. In 1993 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet was held between seven new Eastern European countries competing for three places in the contest proper; in 1996 an audio-only competition was held for all interested participants, with Norway automatically qualified as host country and 29 additional countries competing for 22 places in the contest. Unlike the semi-final system in place since 2004, in which countries that do not advance from the semi-finals are still credited as having participated in the contest, countries which competed in these pre-qualifying rounds but failed to progress to the main contest have not been credited with having participated in that year’s contest.

  • 1993 |  Estonia | Janika Sillamaa | “Muretut meelt ja südametuld” () | Estonian | Did not qualify from Eastern European preselection (Kvalifikacija za Millstreet)
  • 1993 |  Hungary | Andrea Szulák | “Árva reggel” () | Hungarian | Did not qualify from Eastern European preselection (Kvalifikacija za Millstreet)
  • 1993 |  Romania | Dida Drăgan | “Nu pleca” () | Romanian | Did not qualify from Eastern European preselection (Kvalifikacija za Millstreet)
  • 1993 |  Slovakia | Elán | “Amnestia na neveru” (Love addiction) | Slovak | Did not qualify from Eastern European preselection (Kvalifikacija za Millstreet)
  • 1996 |  Denmark | Dorthe Andersen & Martin Loft | “Kun med dig” () | Danish | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  FYRO Macedonia | Kaliopi (Калиопи Грил) | “Samo ti” ” (Само ти) | Macedonian | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  Germany | Leon | “Planet of Blue (Blauer Planet)” () | German (English) | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  Hungary | Gjon Delhusa | “Fortuna” () | Hungarian | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  Israel| Galit Bell (גלית בל) | “Shalom olam” (שלום עולם) | Hebrew | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  Romania | Monica Anghel & Sincron | “Rugă pentru pacea lumii” () | Romanian | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)
  • 1996 |  Russia | Andrey Kosinskiy (Андрей Косинский) | “Ya eta ya” (Я это я) | Danish | Did not qualify from audio preselection (Eurovision Song Contest 1996 Pre-Qualifying Round)