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Eurovision Song Contest 2020 cancelled - Coronavirus leads to Eurovision 2020 being scrapped

  • Eurovision 2020 cancelled as a result of Coronavirus pandemic
  • Decision on Eurovision Song Contest was initially due to be made in April
  • Rotterdam may now host Eurovision in 2021.
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The Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, which is scheduled to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest (Photo by ROBIN UTRECHT/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
Conrad Castleton 18 Mar 2020
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Eurovision 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been called as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The annual event was scheduled to take place in Rotterdam this May.

Eurovision officials had recently said they would delay making a final decision until April.

But in a statement posted on the official Eurovision Twitter account on March 17th, organisers explained that they felt they had no alternative but to cancel the show.

"It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam," a statement read.

Options for Eurovision organisers were thought to have included holding the live shows without an audience, or even basing the vote - and result - on pre-taped performances, as alternatives to cancelling the contest completely.

The European Broadcasting Union is now planning to hold talks with officials in Rottenham with a view to the Dutch city hosting the contest in 2021.

Eurovision Song Contest FAQs

When is Eurovision 2020?

The Eurovision Song Contest was scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 16th 2020 but has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

What is the United Kingdom's Eurovision 2020 song?

The UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is My Last Breath by James Newman.

Where is Eurovision taking place?

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was scheduled to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands in May, but was cancelled on March 17th 2020 as a result of Coronavirus.


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