EBU releases statement following Rotterdam 2020 host city “leak”

Yesterday evening, drama began when crafty Eurovision fans managed to find a Rotterdam 2020 page on the official website. Additionally, Rotterdam 2020 appeared on The Netherlands’ history page on the website as one of its host contests. The EBU have now release a statement to ESCXTRA clarifying the situation.

Eurovision.tv, the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest was being prepared for the reveal of the Host City of next year’s event on Friday. 

As part of these preparations pages were created for both candidate cities so the correct one would be ready to publish at 12.00 on Friday when the announcement is taking place. 

Due to an issue in the backend of the website both pages could be viewed online for a short time. This has now been resolved. 

The correct location of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will only be known on Friday 30 August when it is announced by host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS and on the official ESC channels


Shortly after the Rotterdam 2020 page was found, it was removed. Then, a Maastricht 2020 page was also created and placed in the host contest list on the Dutch history page. Whether this was always the plan or a cover-up attempt remains a source of debate amongst fans on Twitter this morning.

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