The moment of truth has arrived!
The EBU and the Dutch broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS, and NOS announced today in a special live broadcast that the city of Rotterdam will host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 May 2020.
Earlier this year, right after Duncan Laurence dared to dream and gave The Netherlands its first win since 1975, Nine Dutch cities applied to host the contest in 2020:
- Den Bosch
- The Hague
One after the other, most of them withdraw for various reasons and only two cities that met all requirements were left on the race, those were Maastricht and Rotterdam.
This year announcement scheduled earlier than previous years and were kept in high secrecy till the official revel today except for one mistake happened 2 days before the announcement when fans spotted a new event with the header “Rotterdam 2020” on the show official website (eurovision.tv). the event, of course, was removed a few minutes after but screenshots of the “leak” were already shared and discussed by the fans all the social media. the EBU tried to recover the mistakes and created another event on the page, this time with the name “Maastricht 2020” but after the damage was done, its was pretty obvious that Rotterdam won the race and will host the contest next year.
Today it was finally revealed that the Next Eurovision Song Contest Will take place in Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena. Unlike last year Expo convention center, Ahoy is big enough and can offer 16.5K seats which will probably affect the ticket prices when they go on sale.
The EBU has signed a long-term partnership with the haircare Moroccanoil to be the official sponsor of the show and also confirmed that the main production 4 nuclei team will be consists of:
- Sietse Bakker (Executive Producer Event)
- Inge van de Weerd (Executive Producer TV)
- Emilie Sickinghe (deputy Executive Producers)
- Jessica Stam (deputy Executive Producers)
🤝Meet the core team in charge of creating an incredible #Eurovision next year in The Netherlands! 🇳🇱
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) July 5, 2019
So far, 34 countries have been approved to take part in the next edition of the contest and some of them begun revealing their preparations.
Albania (Festival I Këngës 58)
Australia (Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020)
Croatia (Dora 2020)
Denmark (Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020)
Estonia (Eesti Laul 2020)
Finland (UMK 2020)
Georgia (Georgian Idol)
Iceland (Söngvakeppnin 2020)
Israel (Hakohav Haba La’Eurovision)
North Macedonia (Internal selection)
Norway (MGP 2020)
Portugal (Festival da Canção 2020)
Serbia (Beovizija 2020)
Sweden (Melodifestivalen 2020)
The Netherlands (Internal Select)
The United Kingdom (Partnership with BMG)