In a statement to ESCXTRA.com, the EBU has confirmed that Kazakhstan will not be invited to participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
A Junior Eurovision debut
Last year, Kazakh broadcaster Khabar TV made their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk. Deemed a success, Kazakhstan will be once again taking part in the contest this November in Gliwice, Poland.
During a press conference in Minsk, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand informed press that potential participation of Kazakhstan in the adult contest was something that “needed to be discussed”.
EBU: “No plans”
With the deadline for broadcasters to confirm participation in Eurovision 2020 fast approaching, we reached out to the EBU to find out whether Kazakhstan would be invited to debut in next year’s contest.
We can confirm that we have no plans to invite Kazakhstan to participate in next year’s competition.EBU, 6 September 2019
Associate members must rely on invitations
As an associate member of the EBU, Kazakhstan’s Khabar Agency must rely on annual invitations to take part in a Eurovision contest in the same way Australia’s SBS has done. However, for the time being at least, Kazakhstan’s invitations will remain limited to the junior edition of the contest.