May 27, 2010 16:12

Economic problems rule countries out of Eurovision Song Contest

Global recession forces entrants out of this weekend's (May 29) event

Economic problems rule countries out of Eurovision Song Contest

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The Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on Saturday (May 29), has fewer entries this year due to the economic downturn.

According to organisers, Hungary, Andorra, the Czech Republic and Montenegro have all pulled out because of lack of cash.

"Of course, the economic crisis is affecting us," Eurovision producer Svante Stockselius told BBC News. "We have fewer countries competing this year and they all withdrew for the same reason – budget cuts."

This year's event takes place in Oslo, Norway, with the UK being represented by Josh Dubovie. His song 'That Sounds Good To Me' was written by Pete Waterman, Mike Stock and Steve Crosby. It can be watched below.



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