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Timeline

How the numbers have grown over half a century.  In the entrants section the left column contains the number of finalists, the right column contains the total number of entrants in a semi/pre-qualifier process for the year.

Year  Entrants  Songs So Far* Debut by
1956 7   14 Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Switzerland
1957 10   24 Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom
1958 10   34 Sweden
1959 11   45 Monaco
1960 13   58 Norway
1961 16   74 Finland, Spain, Yugoslavia
1962 16   90 -
1963 16   106 -
1964 16   122 Portugal
1965 18   140 Ireland
1966 18   158 -
1967 17   175 -
1968 17   192 -
1969 16   208 -
1970 12   220 -
1971 18   238 Malta
1972 18   256 -
1973 17   273 Israel
1974 17   290 Greece
1975 19   309 Turkey
1976 18   327 -
1977 18   345 -
1978 20   365 -
1979 19   384 -
1980 19   403 Morocco
1981 20   423 Cyprus
1982 18   441 -
1983 20   461 -
1984 19   480 -
1985 19   499 -
1986 20   519 Iceland
1987 22   541 -
1988 21   562 -
1989 22   584 -
1990 22   606 -
1991 22   628 -
1992 23   651 -
1993 25 29 676 Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia
1994 25   701 Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia
1995 23   724 -
1996 23 30 747 -
1997 25   772 -
1998 25   797 FYR Macedonia
1999 23   820 -
2000 24   844 Latvia
2001 23   867 -
2002 24   891 -
2003 26   917 Ukraine
2004 24 36 941 Albania, Serbia & Montenegro
2005 24 39 965 Moldova
2006 24 37 989 Armenia
2007 24 42 1013 Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia
2008 25 43 1038 Azerbaijan
2009 25 42 1063 -
2010 25 39 1088 -
2011 25 43 1113 -
2012 26 42 1139 -
2013 26 39 1165 -
2014 26 37 1191 Montenegro, San Marino
2015 27 40 1218 Australia

Participants yet to make a Eurovision final:

Country DNQ Years
Andorra 2004-2009
Czech Republic 2007-2009, 2015

* The "total songs so far" figure denotes how many songs have been sung in the contest final.  The EBU would have you believe that the 1,000th song was performed in the 2006 "semi-final".  However they  have ignored the unsuccessful songs in the 1993 and 1996 qualifiers that were equally as valid as the "semi" losers in 2004-2010.  Our ethos has always been to regard all pre-qualifiers with the same status.

The 500th song to be performed was "L'amour De Ma Vie" by Sherisse Lawrence for Luxemburg in 1986, which finished third.

The 1000th song to be performed was "Visionary Dream" by Sopho Khalvashi for Georgia in 2007, which finished 12th.

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