Taking a look at the Wikipedia page for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, I couldn’t help but be struck by how many participating countries will decide its entry for next year’s contest this year: four!
At the risk of sounding like an old man yelling at his lawn, it used to be that Albania would have its musical festival around Christmas time and there was your first Eurovision entry for the following year. (I don’t know if that’s strictly true, but it certainly feels like it’s true, for the purposes of this post.)
Then Switzerland decided to hold its Eurovision competition before Albania’s: the past two Swiss decision shows were held in December, and this year is no different.
Now Lithuania and Belarus are getting in on the act. To be fair, Belarus will probably change its entry several times before the EBU’s deadline, so you figure the organizers wanted to get a head start on matters.
For Eurovision junkies like us, it’s nice to get the ball rolling for next year so soon, but I can’t help but think that there is going to be a certain amount of national final fatigue setting in by the time we reach the EBU’s song selection deadline.
Of course, as is always the case with Wikipedia, you need to take the dates with a grain of salt: the Eurovision 2013 page says that Turkey’s artist (but not its song) will be decided on November 2, 2013, but the article that this information comes from, seems to indicate only that the first meeting of the committee to decide the artist will be on that date.
Of course, as is always the case, you need to take translations from Google Translate with a grain of salt.