The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled [Read more]
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was to have been the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The final of the contest was scheduled to take place in the Netherlands on 16 May 2020, following their victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song “Arcade”, performed by Duncan Laurence.
It would have been the fifth time that the Netherlands hosted the contest, the last edition being the 1980 contest, and the first Eurovision event to be hosted in the country since the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Five cities initially entered bids to host the 2020 show (Amsterdam was not one of the hopefuls). Days later the coordinating committee said they’d ruled out all but two. The smart money remained on Rotterdam, though Maastricht was still in the running.
North Macedonia (MKRTV)
Russia (Channel One)
Czech Republic (CT)
San Marino (RTV)
Switzerland (SRG SSR)
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom (the ‘Big Five’) and host country, the Netherlands, automatically qualify for the final, however they are each required to broadcast and vote in one of the semifinals.
Germany, Italy and the Netherlands get to vote in the Tuesday show. France, Spain and the United Kingdom vote on Thursday.