Eurovision 2020

EBU releases official statement regarding Eurovision 2020

This afternoon, the European Broadcasting Union has released an official statement regarding the preparation for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2020 due to be held on 12th, 14th and 16th May in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

“Work on Eurovision 2020 continues”

As published on eurovision.tv, here is the full statement:

The EBU is closely monitoring the situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus and keeping abreast of the latest advice and guidelines from the WHO and national health authorities.

We are working closely with Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam to explore different potential scenarios for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

However, with 2 months to go until the 3 live shows on 12, 14 and 16 May, and a rapidly changing situation both in the Netherlands and the countries of the participating broadcasters, it is still too early to make any final decisions.

With this in mind, we’re continuing to work together as a team on preparations to host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

EBU (13 March 2020)

In sync with Rotterdam

The EBU’s commitment to pressing ahead with preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is in line with comments made by some members of the Rotterdam City Council. For more details on their thoughts, read our previous article below:

🇳🇱 Preparation for Eurovision 2020 continues despite ongoing Coronavirus pandemic

Do you think the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will go ahead as normal in May or do you think there will be some changes? Let us know @ESCXTRA!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

10 Comments

  1. Sure hope it does there are some great songs this year (the UK is not one of them, not even close.) If it can go ahead maybe each artist could perform from their own homeland but each with the same back drop.

  2. Health comes first, but we in the netherlands would prefer a delay better then a show without audience. This our chance to be there!

  3. If the temperature is over 25⁰C the virus gets weakened show lets just hope the temperatures in Rotterdam be really high on May🙏🏻🙏🏼🙏🙏🏽🙏🏾🙏🏿

  4. The ESC is definitely timeless (at least until now!). I remember winners of the end 60ies and early 70ies like Dana, Severine or Vicky. Even older songs come to my mind, when i didn’t know yet that it was from Eurovision, like the super catchy tune ‘Puppet on a string’ from the barefoot lady Sandie Shaw or ‘La la la’… and of course, the massive break-through win of Abba in 1974. Eurovision united Europe and still does, even beyond european borders. Next to the music itself, this is the most important message of this yearly gathering which i will probably not miss until the end of my life.

  5. I strongly agree with Monique. Mid to late August, after the Olympics, would be the perfect time to reschedule. Right now the whole world is as sick of the C-word as they are of the corona virus, and the ESC would be the perfect remedy from nonstop news coverage and reruns.

  6. I wonder why the dutch tv, rotterdam’s authorities are beating around the bush when the situation in whole europe is terrible? do they prefer breaking up when it’s too late???? when structures inside are completed but europe is still suffering or facing a long recovery???? wouldn’t it better postponing the event without any loss of money??? All events were postponed, football matches, formula one, fairs, It ‘d be better if they could /would decide before April. Anyway it’s up to them.

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