Earlier today, The EBU has announced that following the coronavirus, Eurovision 2020 will be canceled.
The Dutch broadcasters and the EBU are discussing the possibility of The Netherlands to host Eurovision 2021.
You can read the official announcement of the EBU right here:
“it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision song contest 2020 in Rotterdam. over the past few weeks we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision song contest to go ahead. However, the uncertainty created by the spread of the COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restriction put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned. We are very proud that the Eurovision song contest has United audience every year, without interpretation, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it cannot take place in May. The EBU, NPO, NOS, AVROTROS, and the City of Rotterdam will continue a conversation regarding the hosting of the Eurovision song contest in 2021. We would ask people to bear with us while we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await any further news in the coming days and weeks.
we would like to pay tribute to all the host broadcaster team in the Netherlands and our 41 members who have worked so hard on planning this year’s event. We are all as heartbroken as they are that the Eurovision song contest will not be able to be staged in May and know that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time”
The Dutch broadcaster and the EBU examined several options including broadcasting the Eurovision without an audience and even giving special permission for every country to broadcast its performance by itself and from its territory.
However, any of the options weren’t selected.
It will be the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest is canceled after it had been broadcasted for 64 years in a row!
The EBU will hold the reference group and discuss the implications of the selected songs and selected artists.
Jon Ola Sand (The Eurovision supervisor) has posted on Twitter:
— Jon Ola Sand (@jonolasand) March 18, 2020
At the moment, several countries have already revealed details about their intention toward Eurovision 2021:
The Dutch Broadcaster AVROTOS has announced that Jeangu Marcooy will be the Dutch representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2021
The Spanish broadcaster RTVE invites Blas Cantó to represent the country in Eurovision 2021
The Mamas will not represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 unless they are the winner of the “Melodifestivalen 2021“.
The Latvian broadcaster LTV announced Samanta Tina as its Eurovision 2021 representative
Uku Suviste won’t represent Estonia at Eurovision 2020. The representative will be the winner of “Eesti Laul 2021”
Destiny will represent Malta at Eurovision 2020.
Roxen will represent Romania at Eurovision 2021.
Damir will represent Croatia at Eurovision 2021
Victoria will represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021.
Go_A band will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2021
Stefania will represent Greece at Eurovision 2021
Hooverphonic band will represent Belgium with a new song at Eurovision 2021
Tornike Kipiani was confirmed at the Georgia representative for Eurovision 2021