The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 sadly had to be withdrawn due to the corona pandemic. Nevertheless, all the 41 confirmed participating countries from this year have now officially been confirmed again for next year. It’s great to see that there is still a wide enthusiasm among the European countries as well as Australia. How the ESC 2021 is going to look like is still unclear, there are four scenarios, but the contest will take place for sure.
Paola Felix, former Paola del Medico has become 70 years these days. The Swiss singer with Italian father and a Swiss mother has become super star in Switzerland and also became famous in Germany, Austria and all over Europe, also due to her two participations at the Eurovision Song Contest.
It has been a sad year, for the first time in history the Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled. This was a big disappointment especially for the singers, who have been chosen by their countries. And not every selected singer from 2020 will have a second chance in 2021.
The idea is brilliant to make a movie about the Eurovision Song Contest. A show which is being watched by hundreds of millions every year around the world. It would not even matter to produce a comedy, drama or documentary about it. Whatever would have been created, a strong identification with the values of this contest is a must to captivate the watchers. A lot of people have been waiting for this movie for a long time but also feared if this movie will fulfil their expectations.
It’s no surprise anymore that Rotterdam will host the next Eurovision Song Contest. This is the preliminary announcement of the Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO. It all depends on the development of the current Corona pandemic, which hopefully will be over next year. But it is to be expected that the health security level will be stricter and that there is more initiative to protect the singers, fans and journalists.
Instead of the real Eurovision Song Contest, the replacement show called “Europe Shine A Light” has been send out of the Hilversum TV studios. Regrettably, the original ESC has been cancelled due to the Corona pandemic, this was a sad but needful decision made by the host broadcasters, EBU and the city of Rotterdam.
In fact it has been a sad time these weeks, knowing that the Eurovision Song Contest will cancelled has urged a tremendous uncertainty for everybody involved in the ESC. There has been a huge discussion, if the ESC 2020 should be cancelled, postponed or broadcasted in a different way. At the end a cancellation was unavoidable due to the Corona pandemic.
Beside of the official program of the Dutch host broadcaster AVROTROS, NOS and NPO many EBU broadcasters have put Eurovision specials before or after the official show, which starts on Saturday 21.00 CET. Some countries like Germany have even two programs in parallel, the “German Eurovision Final” in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with this year’s singer from Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Lithuania, while on the private channel PRO SIEBEN there will be Stefan Raab’s “Free European Song Contest” with some non-Eurovision singers in a race, co-hosted by Conchita Wurst.