42 participants we had in Baku. If we're lucky, we'll have 40 in Malmö. Something isn't going right there in Geneva. It started with the somewhat expected Portuguese withdrawal. RTP had financial issues and isn't happy with the contest at the moment. Then came Poland, who were expected to come back, but didn't... As if that wasn't bad enough, also Slovakia seems to have withdrawn. But the most shocking of all withdrawers is definitely Bosnia-Herzegovina. They announced today that it's not wise to spend money on participation, when people in the country live in hunger. Who would ever have thought that Bosnia would withdraw? Was that it? No, because there's still Greece and Slovenia who have said it'll be a tough decision. Slovenia will say something today, but I expect them to stay, especially now EBU will definitely give them a call today. Greece simply can't withdraw, can they? Or at least, it's not likely for them. Yes, they're in a crisis, but it's Greece. So that puts us below 40, no big issues there. Funny enough, someone told me (and this could just be worth nothing) that EBU will have a surprising name on the final list. Any guess who it could be? But the biggest question: what's going on here? In the past years, EBU offered low(er) fees to the participants with financial issues. Why don't they offer Bosnia a lower fee? Why don't they offer Slovakia a lower fee? To offer Poland and Portugal lower fees would be nonsense, as financial issues aren't their only reason to withdraw.