I had some little free time, so I made the history of Eurovision Memories in maps. So, let's start:
EM01: The countries that started Eurovision Memories, broadcasted from Arad, Romania.
Debuting Countries: Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Greece, Ukraine and Turkey.
EM02: Broadcasted from Yerevan, Armenia, this edition saw the entrance of 5 new countries, but also the exit of 3 countries.
Debuting Countries: Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, Israel, Azerbaijan
Withdrawing Countries: Sweden, Czech Republic, Latvia
EM03: This time, EM travelled to Amsterdam, Netherlands with 7 new countries participating and other 3 going out. Latvia stays out for the 2nd time consecutive. Red countries hadn't passed the semi-final.
Debuting Countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Croatia, Finland, Russia
Returning Countries: Sweden, Czech Republic
Withdrawing Countries: Spain, Azerbaijan, Norway
EM04: Broadcasted from Istambul, Turkey, the number of participations was maintained in 21, with 3 new countries and 3 countries out.
Debuting Countries: Italy, Moldova, Cyprus
Withdrawing Countries: Ireland, France, Croatia
EM05: This time, that EM was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, the contest had a decline in the number of participants. Estonia debuted, France returned, but 7 countries gone out!
Debuting Countries: Estonia
Returning Countries: France
Withdrawing Contries: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Cyprus, Israel
EM06: EM gone to San Remo, Italy. Maintains the number of participants by 15, with no debuting countries. But nearly before the show, Cyprus gone out.
Returning Countries: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Georgia
Withdrawing Countries: France, Germany, Slovenia, Moldova, Finland, Estonia, Cyprus
EM07: After the dual-victory between Italy and Turkey, EM maintained in Italy and Rome was the host city. Serbia debuted in this edition.
Debuting Countries: Serbia
Returning Countries: Spain, Norway, Finland, Cyprus
Withdrawing Countries: Slovakia, Georgia
EM08: EM returned to his origins, broadcaster from Bucharest, Romania. Small changes of countries this edition.
Returning Countries: Azerbaijan
Withdrawing Countries: Czech Republic, Serbia
EM09: When EM travelled to Bath, United Kingdom, no country gone out! Only returning and debuting countries! Red countries hadn't passed the semi-finals.
Debuting Countries: Hungary, Belarus, Iceland
Returning Countries: Ireland, France, Slovenia, Croatia
EM10: Cyprus hosts this edition in Nicosia and Latvia returns after 8 editions out of the contest!
Debuting Countries: Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Andorra, Monaco
Returning Countries: Slovakia, Serbia, Latvia
Withdrawing Countries: Ireland, France, Belarus, Slovenia, Croatia
EM11: This time, Helsinki, Finland hosted EM with many old participates returning. This was the first year that had Second Chance Voting. The light green countries are those who passed that.
Debuting Countries: Portugal, Albania
Returning Countries: France, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Estonia, Moldavia
Withdrawing Countries: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
EM12: At this time, this was the edition with more participants: 35! Russia hadn't gave points for the semi-final, so it was desqualified.
Debuting Countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Returning Countries: Israel
Withdrawing Countries: Andorra, Switzerland, Hungary, Russia
So, as you can see, we still have some countries which never debuted: Malta, Austria, Montenegro and Macedonia. Vatican City, Liechenstein and San Marino would be more difficult, unless the nationality rule would be lifted for these countries.
- Should Kosovo participated apart of Serbia? Some contests already allow that.
- As we are a kind of "copy" of Eurovision Song Contest, shouldn't we allow the northern african countries and those from the Middle East who are close to the Mediterranium. The ones I'm talking are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and, in other case, Palestine.
It was a point to discuss, but I'm sure we'll decide the best way.