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Eurovision 2020 stars react to cancellation news

All 41 artists have given public reactions to the cancellation news and messages to fans

Despite some indication that it was a possibility, this week the Eurovision world was rocked by the news that the 2020 edition of the contest has been cancelled. Of course, the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic left organisers with little option but to cancel for the sake of public safety.

This was of course devastating news for the fans, but the artists due to participate in the contest have lost a lot this week. Regardless, all 41 have responded with love, understanding and positivity.

Whether it be via Instagram post, videos, interviews or via Twitter, the artists of Eurovision 2020 have taken to social media to thank their fans for their support and to share their thoughts at this difficult time.

On the plus side, many have shared their intention to continue to record new music, with a few confirming their participation for Eurovision 2021!

Find all artists listed in alphabetical order by country:

🇦🇱 Albania – Arilena Ara

🇦🇲 Armenia – Athena Manoukian

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My dear all. In life you must know that everything happens for a reason. And in my experience, when something goes wrong or not as scheduled, ALWAYS something better and bigger comes after. That's what I also believe now. Whatever happened, happened ONLY for good. And time will show. I keep that I met amazing, precious and unique people, my team, my Armenian family❤ They worked so hard and they TRULY believed in me. This is the biggest gift. Be patient, NEVER give up and remember that after rain ALWAYS comes the rainbow. In the end our work will be rewarded no matter what. Love you always and thank you for your love and support from the bottom of my heart. Please take care of yourself. The best is yet to come. We'll be back stronger. And never forget : "Trust the timing of your life." Your Athena💎🇦🇲 #StayPositive . . . @mari___official @anushik_nush @davidtserunyan @karo_naghdalyan @arthurmanukyan @manukyan_team @kristinaromanova_av @marinos_rovithakis @iren_danielyan_make_up @imdjpaco @dj.prince.official @nikolyanofficial @rozigreyg @armpublictv @depievratesil @hasmik_nersisyan_girlytrips @depievratesil @eurovision #DavidTserunyan #AnushikTerGhukasyan #MariAvenesyan #ArmenianPublicTelevision #DepiEvratesil #HasmikNersisyan #DJPrince #DJPaco #IrenDanielyan #MarinosRovithakis #KristinaAvagimyan #ArthurManukyan #TeamManukyan #ChainsOnYou #ESC2020 #Eurovision #Rotterdam #TheNetherlands #Armenia 🇦🇲 #Yerevan

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🇦🇺 Australia – Montaigne

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Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled. I’ve had my cry. I spent a couple of hours paralysed in bed, despondently scrolling through the many lovely tweet mentions from people expressing love and support. I imagine I’ll probably have a lot more cries in the next little while, for me and for the wonderful team who were working with me to make our vision come to life. But the truth is that cancelling #Eurovision this year is the most responsible and ethical decision that the EBU could have made. A decision they *have* to make. It is best that we all practice the measures that will stop COVID-19’s ravaging effects from going on any longer than they could. The team at Eurovision are still working through plans, as is SBS, so we will have more info to share soon. Thank you to @paulclarketv and everyone at @blinktvco and @sbs for making the process of devising a campaign for a Eurovision performance so easy and fun, for really listening to me and understanding who I am and wanting to figure out how to combine that with Eurovision. Thanks to Marko Panzic and Sasha Mutch who were an integral part of the second phase of staging, I wish we could have presented our ideas. Thank you to @WonderlickEntertainment who have always been there for me in more ways than one. Thank you to @SonyMusicAustralia and especially to @ollylbr for helping me through every overwhelming public moment and supporting me through everything. Thank you to my family, friends, and partner who have cradled me in the twinkle of their eyes. A tip of the hat to Eurovision fans who are so passionate, I know this is just as much of a loss for you as it is for me. And a final tip of the hat to the other Eurovision contestants this year who were working their butts off to make their dream come true. I’m sorry it turned out like this. I’m gonna try figure out how to make the best of this situation creatively, see if there’s something I can present to you, the fans, that will feel satisfying, or will feel anything like closure, or at least coping. I’ve got a lot of fucking time on my hands so. Let’s get to work.

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🇦🇹 Austria – Vincent Bueno

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Efendi

Shortly after sharing this, Samira announced that she will indeed be representing Azerbaijan at the next contest after all! Azeri broadcaster İTV has already invited her back for the 2021 contest.

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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 studying a Bachelor of Science in Politics & International Relations at the University of Exeter.

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It would be good if the Eurovision 2020 CD was released with all proceeds going to various charities across the EBU, to help in the recovery from this awful virus.

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Czechia has official short name… use it instead stupid Czech Republic… or use long name for whole countries… f. e. Kingdom of Spain/Republic of Ireland etc

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