Story Watch The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place Rotterdam at the Ahoy, following the Dutch victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song Arcade, performed by Duncan Laurence. The semi-finals are on 12 and 14 May. The grand final on Saturday, 16 May. NPO is aiming to kick off Eurovision 2020 ticket sales by the end of the year, further information on the ticket sales will be released in due course.
If you haven’t planned anything yet, you need not worry as everything is going on schedule for Eurovision 2020 and Rotterdam has got the ball rolling! There are plenty of accommodation options both in Rotterdam and its neighbouring cities (Den Haag, Dordrecht, etc.) ranging from Airbnb to 5 star hotels to suit everyone’s budget and requirements. The 2020 ESC host city has excellent flight connections with most cities in Europe and overseas via two airports: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam-The Hague Airport. The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 12 , 14 and 16 May at the Rotterdam Ahoy. The event will be co-organized by Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS, AVROTROS in liason with the EBU.
We all know that Rotterdam will host the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, Rotterdam will also host an academic conference in what is widely expected to be rehearsal week. The conference will explore music, identity, media and politics in light of the Eurovision Song Contest. The conference will be hosted by the School of History, Culture and Communications at Erasmus University Rotterdam on the 6th and 7th May respectively. It was announced on Twitter by Julian Schaap, Assistant Professor of Cultural Sociology, which included a call for papers. In 2019 AMPTV opted for an internal selection in order to select the Armenian Eurovision representative and entry for Tel Aviv. Srbuk flew the Armenian flag at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her entry Walking Out, despite an extraordinary performance Armenia failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year.
Despite a magnificent performance Georgia failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the third year in a row. The submission period for DORA 2020 is open as of today 5 November and will close on 15 December. Hereafter a special HRT Committee will evaluate all the submitted entries and shortlist them to sixteen. The 2020 Croatian national final Dora is set to be held in February with a total of 16 acts battling for the golden ticket to Rotterdam, the show will be aired live on HRT.
Eurovision fans have noticed that the Hungarian broadcaster has been very quiet regarding their participation in Eurovision 2020, causing rumors to spread that they may be considering a withdrawal from the contest. These murmurs became stronger when the official rules for A Dal 2020 were posted online, as the rules themselves made no mention of Eurovision, violate the song release rule, and rule for how many people can be on stage.
The answer to that question is still unclear, but there are a lot of possibilities. What seems to be the case is that Hungary will not participate in Eurovision next year OR they will use a different selection method to chose their act. It is also possible that MTVA will choose a representative from A Dal to serve as their representative and then select their song using a different method alltogether. At this rate, what MTVA is up to is a complete mystery. We’ll just have to wait and see what will happen as we move into Winter.
Last year, Joci Pápai was selected to represent Hungary again after he won A Dal 2019 with his song Az én apám. Despite an impressive 8th place finish in the 2017 Grand Final, Joci and Hungary failed to qualify out of a packed first Semi Final in Tel Aviv. This was the first time they failed to qualify for the Grand Final since the 2009 contest in Moscow. If they do choose not to participate in Rotterdam, it will be the first time they do not compete since 2010.
The contest in 2010 was won by Lena and her song Satellite. Traditionally, the winner of the contest will also perform as an interval act during the next contest. Lena however, decided to return to the contest as a participant. The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv just two weeks ago and preparations for next year’s edition have well and truly kicked off in the country. The Dutch will be having the honour to hold the ESC for the fifth time on home soil, thanks to Duncan Laurence’s epic victory in Israel. Last week Dutch public broadcasters NOS, AVROTROS and NPO officially invited the potential host cities and regions to submit their applications in order to host the event next year. According to the local media, seven cities have officially submitted an application.