Colbie wrote:^ They shouldve done it like this in 2016 with Romania. Not just 2/3 weeks before the contest. Glad they learned from it!
I agree. I still feel sad for Ovi. I mean, he won the right to represent his country in Eurovision and was just about to fly in for the rehearsals. It still feels unfair.
Its quite "funny" that there has been a "43 countries are confirmed" curse for three years in a row now:
2016: Romania was originally confirmed to take part and Ovidiu was ready to represent his country with the entry "Moment of Silence". On 22nd April, the EBU blocked Romania's participation because the country refused to pay bills.
2017: Russia "intended" to submit an entry to Kyiv but broke Ukrainian laws by willingly choosing someone who entered the annexed island of Crimea. Ukraine asked Russia to change its entrant but the country refused and withdrew in the end.
2018: FYR Macedonia wants to take part but the EBU is blocking its participation right now due to the same reasons like Romania 2016. It's highly unlikely the country will take part.
In all three cases the preliminary confirmed countries of 43 have been brought to 42.