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Netherlands 2020: Utrecht bid team reveal reasons behind their elimination

The city council has made their feedback public!

The bid team for the city of Utrecht have made public the official letter they received from the Dutch broadcasters outlining the reasons for their elimination in the race to host Eurovision 2020.

Numerous criticisms for the bid

Our friends at Eurovoix reported that Utrecht fell short in several areas. NPO, NOS and AVROTROS gave detailed feedback to the city on these areas but specifically, they were criticised for their choice of venue, lack of secured finances, and lack of confirmed city-dressing to promote the contest.

It wasn’t all bad news for the bid team, however. The push for sustainability and usage of public transport was praised by the selection committee. They also received positive feedback for the clever initiative to ask the general public of the region what they thought about the idea of bringing Eurovision to their city.

The full feedback can be found on the public platform for the city council, as well as the actual bid book submitted by Utrecht.

Two candidates remain

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 selection committee previously revealed that Maastricht and Rotterdam are the final two cities in the race to host next year’s contest in The Netherlands. Arnhem, Den Bosch and Utrecht were the other three candidate cities in the bidding process.

The host city of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is expected in mid-August and whilst both remaining cities have already been visited by the selection committee, NPO will visit both Maastricht and Rotterdam again for further meetings in the coming days to discuss questions relating to production and logistics for the contest.

You can see the official Maastricht and Rotterdam campaign videos below:

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