Date: 12, 14 & 16 May 2020
Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Voting system: 1-8, 10 & 12 points. Jury + Televoting 50%
Number of countries: 41
Hosts: Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit
Slogan: Open Up

Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled

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 COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions 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 to not continue with the live event as planned. The health of artists, staff, fans and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe and the world, is at the heart of this decision.

We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May.

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor: “We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation. The EBU, together with the Host Broadcaster NPO, NOS, AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam will continue to talk to see if it’s possible to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in 2021. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process of staging a great Eurovision Song Contest this year. Unfortunately, that was not possible due to factors beyond our control. We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”

NPO chairwoman Shula Rijxman: “This decision by the EBU was inevitable, given the circumstances currently affecting all of Europe as a result of the coronavirus and all the measures that governments must now take. This is a big disappointment for the Dutch audience, the fantastic team behind the scenes, the presenters and the artists. In recent months, a large group of people have worked hard on the Song Contest. We thank them for their great commitment and regret that the results of the efforts will not be visible in the short term. We would particularly like to mention the municipality of Rotterdam, which has proven itself as the ideal partner in this project in the past year. This edition was an excellent opportunity to understand each other differently in a period of uncertainty in Europe, but above all an opportunity to really bring Europe together. Music is universally binding and – I am sure – it will stay that way. Even after this corona crisis.”

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event, understands that many people are disappointed that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will not take place: “For the artists from 41 participating countries, our opening and interval acts that put their hearts and souls into their performance. For the fans who have always supported us and have kept confidence until the last moment. And not least, for the fantastic team, which has worked very hard in recent months to make this 65th edition a great success. We understand and share that disappointment. Some perspective is appropriate because, at the same time, we also realize that this decision and its consequences don’t compare to the challenges faced by people affected, directly or indirectly, by the coronavirus and the difficult but necessary measures.”

We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May but feel confident that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time.

Semi-Final 1

North MacedoniaVasilYOU
BelarusVALDa Vidna
LithuaniaThe RoopOn Fire
SwdenThe MamasMove
SloveniaAna SokličVoda
AustraliaMontaigneDon’t Break Me
IrelandLesley RoyStory Of My Life
RussiaLittle BigUno
flag_Netherlands_icoNorwayUlrikke BrandstorpAttention
CroatiaDamir KedžoDivlji Vjetre
AzerbaijanSamira EfendiCleopatra
MaltaDestinyAll Of My Love
IsraelEden AleneFeker Libi
RomaniaRoxenAlcohol You
BelgiumHooverphonicRelease Me

Semi-Final 2

AustriaVincent BuenoAlive
MoldovaNatalia GordienkoPrison
PolandAlicja SzemplińskaEmpires
San MarinoSenhitFreaky!
SerbiaHurricaneHasta La Vista
IcelandDaði og GagnamagniðThink About Things
Czech RepublicBenny CristoKemama
GreeceStefania LiberakakisSUPERG!RL
EstoniaUku SuvisteWhat Love Is
flag_Netherlands_icoDenmarkBen & TanYes
BulgariaVICTORIATears Getting Sober
SwitzerlandGjon’s TearsRépondez-moi
FinlandAksel KankaanrantaLooking Back
ArmeniaAthena ManoukianChains On You
LatviaSamanta TīnaStill Breathing
GeorgiaTornike KipianiTake Me As I Am
PortugalElisaMedo de Sentir
AlbaniaArilena AraFall From The Sky


SpainBlas CantóUniverso
GermanyBen DolicViolent Thing
United KingdomJames NewmanMy Last Breath
FranceTom LeebThe Best In Me
ItalyDiodatoFai rumore
flag_Netherlands_icoThe NetherlandsJeangu MacrooyGrow


Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit

Chantal Janzen was born in 1979 in Tegelen and studied at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. She rose to fame as a musical actress, performing in Tarzan, Petticoat and Hij gelooft in mij. She also acted in several well-known Dutch movies. Chantal started her TV career at public broadcaster AVRO, where she hosted the award show Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala from 2008 to 2010. In 2011, she made the transfer to commercial broadcaster RTL where she hosted shows like Holland’s Got Talent and The Voice of Holland. Chantal Janzen won the Televizier-Ster award for best TV presenter an impressive 5 times.Edsilia Rombley born in Amsterdam in 1978, Edsilia was introduced to the general public when she won the Dutch talent programme Soundmixshow in 1996. A year later she also won the European Soundmixshow and, in 1998, she represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest with Hemel & Aarde, finishing 4th. In 2007, she took part for the second time with On Top of the World. Edsilia also presented the Dutch voting and jury results twice. She hosted the first season of the successful AVROTROS programme Beste Zangers. Since 2005 the popular singer completed 7 theatre tours and since 2014 she has been performing as part of the formation Ladies of Soul annually. In 2019 she hosted Eurovision in Concert, which she will also do in 2020.

Jan Smit was born in 1985 and grew up in Volendam and scored his first hit at the age of 10. In 2005, his reality show Gewoon Jan Smit won the Televizier-Ring award. Jan is also a member of De Toppers and the German formation KLUBBB3. Since 2012, he has been hosting the AVROTROS show Beste Zangers, which got nominated for a Televizier-Ring in 2017 and 2019. As a singer, Jan is not only well known in the Netherlands, but also in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is the most successful Dutch artist in Germany, reaching up to 12 million viewers with Schlagerchampions, Die Hüttenparty and Schlagerboom.





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