Eurovision 2020

Netherlands 2020: NPO to visit Rotterdam and Maastricht for extra meetings

The host city will be announced in mid-August!

We are less than a month away from discovering the host city for Eurovision 2020! Until then, meetings and discussions are still underway to determine the winning city. After several cities threw their hats into the ring, only two contenders remain in the race – Rotterdam and Maastricht. This week, NPO will visit both for further meetings.

According to RTL News, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) – A.K.A. Dutch Foundation for Public Broadcasting – will be making additional working visits to Rotterdam and Maastricht in the coming days. The purpose of these will be to discuss questions relating to production and logistics for the contest.

NPO had recently held meetings with representatives from the two bidding cities in order to look at their prospective venues. Following these visits, a spokesperson from NPO said the following:

There have been good substantive discussions this week.

The next round of conversations and visits will be about production logistics. It will not be announced when these sessions will take place. It is a serious competitive battle. We will not disclose any more details until the final decision is made.

The host city will be announced next month

The tight race between the two cities will conclude next month in mid-August. Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest previously stated that he was “impressed with all proposals”.

Despite Rotterdam being the presumed favourite, Maastricht has put forward a strong bid, even securing price freezes for 3,000 hotel rooms especially for the contest. Meanwhile, Rotterdam is planning to invest €15 million into hosting the contest.

In the meantime, you can watch a visual representation of the Maastricht and Rotterdam bids below:

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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