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North Vision Song Contest 28
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Dates
PQR date 8 April 2019
Semi-finals date 20 May 2019
Final date 27 May 2019
Host
Venue PostFinance Arena, Bern
Presenter(s) Charline Mignot, Alexa
Broadcaster SRG SSR
Opening act Semi-final 1: Rachel Bloom performing her song "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury"
Semi-final 2: Vendredi sur Mer performing her song "Écoute chérie"
Final: Crimer performing his song "Brotherlove" in a Chapel version
Interval act Semi-final 2: Steff la Cheffe performing "Guggisbärglied"
Final: Trauffer and DJ BoBo performing a mashup of their songs "Alpenmuhve" and "Somebody Dance With Me"
Participants
Entries 50
Returning Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Withdrawing Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Spain Spain
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting
Winner Flag of Ireland Ireland
"Falling"
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 28, often referred to as NVSC 28, was the twenty-eighth edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest was hosted in Bern, as Switzerland was the winning country of the twenty-seventh edition due to Crimer's win with "Brotherlove". The show was hosted by duo Charline Mignot and Alexa.

Fifty countries will participate in the edition, with Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Tunisia and Turkey returning. Tunisia returned after an absence of 11 editions. The Czech Republic, Egypt, Poland, Portugal and Spain withdrew from the contest.


Location

Although there was no bidding phase made public, SRG SSR received biddings from several cities to host the edition, including the capital city Bern, the host city of the 3rd edition Winterthur, as well as Lugano. Eventually, Bern was announced as the host city of the edition along with the theme art reveal on 20 April 2019.

Bern or Berne is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their "federal city", in German Bundesstadt, French ville fédérale, and Italian città federale. With a population of about 140,000 (as of 2019), Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons.

Participating countries

Fifty countries took part in the 28th edition. Five countries announced their return to the competition: Cyprus, Estonia, Finland and Turkey all returned after a short abscence from the competition, while Tunisia made their return after last taking part in the 12 editions ago.

Meanwhile, five other countries confirmed their absence from the competition: the Czech RepublicEgypt and Spain announced that they would be withdrawing after taking part last edition, while Poland was forced to withdraw after missing the deadline. Romania was originally forced to withdraw as well, but the NBU eventually let TVR take part with a fine. Although Portugal originally confirmed to take part in the competition, they were later removed for missing the submission deadline for the Pre-Qualification Round.

Returning artists

Four of the returning artists have previously taken part in the 15th edition of the contest. Those are Emel Mathlouthi, who was selected to represent Tunisia on their return, Greta Svabo Bech who returned to represent the Faroe Islands for the 4th time, following her participation in the 10th, 15th and 24th edition, just like Thea Trajkovska who returns for a third time to represent North Macedonia following her participations in the 13th and 15th edition and AURORA who was as well selected to represent Norway once again. Another Norwegian returnee is Ina Wroldsen who represented her home country in the twenty-sixth edition, now taking part for Lithuania in a collaboration with Lithuanian DJ Dynoro. Salvatore Ganacci returned to the contest with Nailah Blackman after having previously represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the twenty-fifth edition with an uncredited vocalist. The Croatian DJ duo Vanillaz represented Slovenia in the third edition featuring Kosta Radman and Hannah Mancini and have now returned to represent their home country. Tolvai Reni was selected to represent Hungary for a third time after her participations in the 10th and 21st edition. Rita Dakota returns to represent Belarus for a second time following her participation in the twenty-second edition. Andrea di Giovanni comes back just one edition after representing San Marino to represent his home country Italy in this edition.

Results

Pre-Qualification Round

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of France France Nazca "Loups" 3 109
02 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Mila Robert "Nešto grubo" 7 77
03 Flag of Malta Malta CRUX "Smiling Man" 5 99
04 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan JUZIM "Tańdaý" 1 119
05 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Greta Svabo Bech "All My Bones" 4 106
06 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin "Let Me Go" 6 82
07 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Mayssa Karaa "Call Me a Stranger" 2 110
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Semi-final 1

Andorra, Lithuania and United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Croatia Croatia Vanillaz feat. Dilini "I Got Love" 16 58
02 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl "Valovi" 8 168
03 Flag of Belgium Belgium Slõane "J'irai" 12 122
04 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Mayssa Karaa "Call Me a Stranger" 2 222
05 Flag of Moldova Moldova Mark Stam "Doar Noi" 9 136
06 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine DETACH "Bridges" 10 135
07 Flag of Albania Albania Irkenc Hyka feat. Mimoza Shkodra "Valla" 20 25
08 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Emel Mathlouthi "Footsteps" 4 205
09 Flag of Ireland Ireland Lyra "Falling" 1 297
10 Flag of Monaco Monaco Lyna Mahyem "Boucan" 18 54
11 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan JUZIM "Tańdaý" 6 190
12 Flag of Latvia Latvia Laura Rizzotto "Tightrope" 19 53
13 Flag of Denmark Denmark Ea Kaya "4 AM" 14 83
14 Flag of Serbia Serbia Anastasija "Rane" 11 134
15 Flag of Sweden Sweden LÉON "You and I" 3 218
16 Algeria Algeria Nabila Dali "Tidet (The Truth)" 15 78
17 Flag of Israel Israel Mergui "Tni Li Rega" 7 171
18 Flag of Georgia Georgia Apolloe "Suicide Tea" 13 119
19 Flag of Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni "Get It" 17 57
20 Flag of Norway Norway AURORA "Animal" 5 201

Semi-final 2

Greece, Italy and Switzerland also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Finland Finland Amorphis "Amongst Stars" 16 89
02 Flag of Armenia Armenia Mariam Araqelyan "Lozh' Iznutri" 19 64
03 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia Thea Trajkovska "Koja sum jas" 17 88
04 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands AAPNOOTMIES "Supersoakerkracht" 7 155
05 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Sabrina Gérard "En attendant" 13 117
06 Flag of Romania Romania Lucia "Food Chain" 9 136
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey Mabel Matiz feat. Sibel Gürsoy "Mendilimde Kırmızım Var" 6 170
08 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro MAiKA "River Sava" 1 258
09 Flag of Russia Russia DRUG feat. Zimne "Kovboy" 12 123
10 Flag of France France Nazca "Loups" 4 191
11 Flag of San Marino San Marino Shanguy "Toukassé" 2 222
12 Flag of Morocco Morocco Malca "Wham" 14 104
13 Flag of Germany Germany lilly among clouds "Wasting My Time" 3 221
14 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Katarzia "Bábiky sa vraždia" 8 144
15 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sophia Patsalides "Deep Blue Ocean" 20 53
16 Iceland Iceland Valdimar "Of Seint" 10 125
17 Austria Austria Little Big Sea "My Famous Laughter" 5 174
18 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Kto" 11 125
19 Flag of Estonia Estonia NOËP "Move" 18 64
20 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Salvatore Ganacci feat. Nailah "Kill a Soundboy" 15 103

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan JUZIM "Tańdaý" 10 237
02 Austria Austria Little Big Sea "My Famous Laughter" 16 194
03 Flag of Greece Greece Ioanna Gika "Roseate" 20 162
04 Flag of Moldova Moldova Mark Stam "Doar Noi" 23 140
05 Flag of Andorra Andorra Karla Grunewaldt "Desatar" 5 288
06 Flag of Romania Romania Lucia "Food Chain" 24 119
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Ekat Bork "Fear" 22 150
08 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands AAPNOOTMIES "Supersoakerkracht" 25 105
09 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine DETACH "Bridges" 18 181
10 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Mayssa Karaa "Call Me a Stranger" 8 264
11 Iceland Iceland Valdimar "Of Seint" 26 95
12 Flag of Germany Germany lilly among clouds "Wasting My Time" 15 197
13 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Emel Mathlouthi "Footsteps" 7 269
14 Flag of Israel Israel Mergui "Tni Li Rega" 13 212
15 Flag of France France Nazca "Loups" 9 259
16 Flag of Norway Norway AURORA "Animal" 4 289
17 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Katarzia "Bábiky sa vraždia" 19 165
18 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Dynoro feat. Ina Wroldsen "Obsessed" 21 152
19 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Tom Adams "Fade" 14 209
20 Flag of Sweden Sweden LÉON "You and I" 6 281
21 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl "Valovi" 11 231
22 Flag of Ireland Ireland Lyra "Falling" 1 563
23 Flag of San Marino San Marino Shanguy "Toukassé" 2 356
24 Flag of Turkey Turkey Mabel Matiz feat. Sibel Gürsoy "Mendilimde Kırmızım Var" 12 213
25 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro MAiKA "River Sava" 3 336
26 Flag of Italy Italy Andrea di Giovanni "Bang" 17 191

Non-qualifier results

Place Country Semi-final Place Points Percentage
27 Flag of Serbia Serbia 11 134 5.02%
28 Flag of Belarus Belarus 11 125 4.69%
29 Flag of Russia Russia 12 123 4.61%
30 Flag of Belgium Belgium 12 122 4.57%
31 Flag of Georgia Georgia 13 119 4.46%
32 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 13 117 4.39%
33 Flag of Morocco Morocco 14 104 3.90%
34 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 15 103 3.86%
35 Flag of Finland Finland 16 89 3.34%
36 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia 17 88 3.30%
37 Flag of Denmark Denmark 14 83 3.11%
38 Algeria Algeria 15 78 2.92%
39 Flag of Estonia Estonia 18 64 2.40%
40 Flag of Armenia Armenia 19 64 2.40%
41 Flag of Croatia Croatia 16 58 2.17%
42 Flag of Hungary Hungary 17 57 2.14%
43 Flag of Monaco Monaco 18 54 2.02%
44 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 20 53 1.99%
45 Flag of Latvia Latvia 19 53 1.99%
46 Flag of Albania Albania 20 25 0.94%
47 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands N/A
48 Flag of Malta Malta
49 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
50 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria

Voting grids

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Ireland Ireland 133 Flag of Ireland Ireland 152
2 Flag of Israel Israel 106 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 129
3 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 102 Flag of Sweden Sweden 119
4 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 96 Flag of Norway Norway 106
5 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 95 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 97
6 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 92 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 91
7 Flag of Sweden Sweden 89 Flag of Moldova Moldova 85
8 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 88 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 72
9 Flag of Norway Norway 87 Flag of Serbia Serbia 66
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium 67 Flag of Israel Israel 63
11 Flag of Georgia Georgia 65 Flag of Belgium Belgium 55
12 Flag of Serbia Serbia 64 Flag of Georgia Georgia 54
13 Flag of Moldova Moldova 51 Flag of Denmark Denmark 40
14 Flag of Denmark Denmark 43 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 39
15 Algeria Algeria 42 Algeria Algeria 36
16 Flag of Hungary Hungary 26 Flag of Croatia Croatia 31
17 Flag of Monaco Monaco 26 Flag of Hungary Hungary 31
18 Flag of Croatia Croatia 24 Flag of Latvia Latvia 29
19 Flag of Latvia Latvia 24 Flag of Monaco Monaco 28
20 Flag of Albania Albania 14 Flag of Albania Albania 11
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12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the first semi-final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Ireland Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tunisia
Kazakhstan Israel, Serbia, United Kingdom
Lebanon Albania, Belgium, Sweden
Norway Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania
Slovenia Denmark, Lebanon, Monaco
2 Moldova Algeria, Andorra
Tunisia Georgia, Slovenia
1 Hungary Latvia
Israel Ukraine
Serbia Norway
Sweden Croatia
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Slovenia Belgium, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Serbia
3 Ireland Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine
2 Israel Hungary, Norway
Lebanon Algeria, Tunisia
Tunisia Ireland, Lebanon
Ukraine Israel, Slovenia
1 Belgium Albania
Croatia Sweden
Denmark Monaco
Georgia Latvia
Moldova Georgia
Monaco United Kingdom
Norway Andorra
Sweden Croatia

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 134 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 114
2 Flag of Germany Germany 124 Flag of France France 106
3 Flag of San Marino San Marino 104 Flag of San Marino San Marino 106
4 Austria Austria 86 Flag of Turkey Turkey 94
5 Flag of France France 77 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 90
6 Flag of Turkey Turkey 76 Flag of Germany Germany 90
7 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 76 Austria Austria 82
8 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 67 Flag of Romania Romania 76
9 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 65 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 73
10 Flag of Morocco Morocco 63 Iceland Iceland 70
11 Flag of Russia Russia 62 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 67
12 Flag of Belarus Belarus 59 Flag of Belarus Belarus 61
13 Flag of Romania Romania 58 Flag of Russia Russia 61
14 Iceland Iceland 55 Flag of Macedonia North M. 44
15 Flag of Finland Finland 51 Flag of Morocco Morocco 41
16 Flag of Macedonia North M. 44 Flag of Estonia Estonia 39
17 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 41 Flag of Finland Finland 38
18 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 35 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 32
19 Flag of Armenia Armenia 32 Flag of Armenia Armenia 32
20 Flag of Estonia Estonia 25 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 18
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12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the second semi-final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 France Armenia, Iceland, San Marino, Slovakia
3 Montenegro Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Netherlands
Slovakia Estonia, Italy, Montenegro
2 Germany Finland, France
Luxembourg Cyprus, Germany
Netherlands Morocco, Switzerland
San Marino Luxembourg, Russia
1 Austria Romania
Belarus Turkey
Bosnia and Herzegovina North Macedonia
Romania Belarus
Turkey Greece
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland
3 Germany Austria, France, San Marino
Turkey Germany, Greece, Montenegro
2 Belarus Armenia, Russia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Belarus, Turkey
San Marino Luxembourg, Romania
1 Cyprus North Macedonia
France Estonia
Iceland Netherlands
Netherlands Morocco
Russia Cyprus
Slovakia Iceland

Final

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Ireland Ireland 292 Flag of Ireland Ireland 259
2 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 187 Flag of San Marino San Marino 175
3 Flag of San Marino San Marino 171 Flag of Sweden Sweden 171
4 Flag of Norway Norway 146 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 158
5 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 144 Flag of Andorra Andorra 158
6 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 142 Flag of France France 151
7 Flag of Andorra Andorra 129 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 147
8 Flag of Israel Israel 125 Flag of United Kingdom UK 140
9 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 121 Flag of Norway Norway 136
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey 120 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 127
11 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 115 Austria Austria 110
12 Flag of Germany Germany 114 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 110
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden 110 Flag of Turkey Turkey 93
14 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 106 Flag of Italy Italy 93
15 Flag of France France 100 Flag of Moldova Moldova 88
16 Flag of Italy Italy 98 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 87
17 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 89 Flag of Greece Greece 82
18 Austria Austria 84 Flag of Israel Israel 82
19 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 82 Flag of Germany Germany 79
20 Flag of Greece Greece 80 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 79
21 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 73 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 76
22 Flag of Romania Romania 67 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 68
23 Flag of United Kingdom UK 66 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 66
24 Flag of Moldova Moldova 52 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 57
25 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 48 Iceland Iceland 56
26 Iceland Iceland 39 Flag of Romania Romania 52
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12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Ireland Belarus, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Malta, Moldova, Serbia, Sweden
5 San Marino Algeria, Georgia, Ireland, Lithuania, Russia
4 Andorra Armenia, North Macedonia, Romania, San Marino
Lebanon Albania, Azerbaijan, France, Latvia
Sweden Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Turkey
3 Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom
Tunisia Bulgaria, Germany, Slovakia
United Kingdom Estonia, Monaco, Tunisia
2 France Iceland, Netherlands
Norway Belgium, Montenegro
Slovenia Denmark, Lebanon
Turkey Greece, Israel
1 Austria Cyprus
Germany Finland
Greece Italy
Israel Norway
Italy Hungary
Lithuania Ukraine
Moldova Andorra
Netherlands Morocco
Slovakia Slovenia
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Ireland Armenia, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Montenegro, North Macedonia San Marino, Tunisia, Ukraine
4 Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland
3 Andorra Algeria, Georgia, Lithuania
Germany Austria, Belarus, Cyprus
Norway Belgium, Latvia, Sweden
Slovakia Iceland, Ireland, Italy
Sweden Croatia, Estonia, Norway
Ukraine Albania, Andorra, Israel
2 Austria Moldova, Slovenia
Israel Hungary, Russia
Kazakhstan Netherlands, United Kingdom
San Marino Finland, Turkey
Slovenia Kazakhstan, Malta
Tunisia Lebanon, Morocco
Turkey Germany, Greece
1 Greece Serbia
Italy Faroe Islands
Lebanon Romania
Moldova Azerbaijan
United Kingdom Monaco

Incidents

Hungarian entry change

After the national selected ended and Stolen Beat were declared as the winners with their song "Hol vagy?", it was revealed, that one of their members was under the age limit of the North Vision Song Contest rules. The group refused to take part in the competition without their member, therefore the Hungarian broadcaster chose the runner-up Tolvai Reni to represent Hungary in the contest instead.

Kazakh performers

Shortly before the competition started, it was discovered that one of the group members of JUZIM did not meet the age requirements to perform in the competition. The group went on to perform with their 5 remaining members. It is unknown whether the Kazakh broadcaster tried to sneak her through or whether the group was not aware of the age limitation.

Voting errors

After the results of the edition were announced, multiple voting errors have come to light. In the final, the Russian votes were submitted incorrectly, leading to Slovenia gaining and Ireland losing 7 points, respectively. There was another error discovered with the voting lines of the Rest of the World. Later corrected, Ireland and San Marino switched places; France, Norway and Kazakhstan gained 2 more points, while Israel lost 2 points and Germany 4 points. Montenegro gained 1 point, while Andorra lost one. These result errors led to several placement changes from the original scoreboard with Norway actually coming fourth and Andorra dropping to fifth place, as well as Israel dropping to thirteenth, while Turkey climbs to twelfth place.

Voting and Spokesperson

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the North Vision Song Contest

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic: On 30 March 2019, CT announced their withdrawal from the edition, citing a lack of interest from Czech musicians as well as financial difficulties within the broadcaster, furthermore, the country would have had to participate in the Pre-qualification round. The delegation stated their aim to return in the twenty-ninth edition.
  • Flag of Egypt Egypt: On 28 March 2019, the Tunisian head of delegation announced that TT1 would make a cooperative show with the Arabic countries of this edition, in order to reveal their entries. It was confirmed that Egypt will also present their entry for this edition but the Egyptian broadcaster is yet to confirm their participation in the contest. Egypt wasn‘t in the final list of participants.
  • Flag of Poland Poland: TVP failed to confirm or withdraw from the edition on time and were fined by the NBU.
  • Flag of Portugal Portugal: RTP confirmed participation for this edition but failed to submit a song on time and were fined by the NBU.
  • Flag of Spain Spain: On 22 March 2019, TVE announced that the country would be withdrawing from the 28th edition, citing financial difficulties as the reason behind their decision. A return in the 29th edition has not been ruled out.

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