The ESC season 2020 is already in full swing. A couple of singers have been determined already, and the first national finals took place. There is a lot more to come the next weeks. On March 9th all the entries must be submitted.
This special event is a very important one, because it’s to determine in which of the two Semi Finals the countries are allocated to. Among the 41 participating countries this year there the “Big5” countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and the host country the Netherlands which are already set for the Grand Final on May 16th.
Now its official confirmed that Martin Österdahl is the new successive ESC Executive Supervisor. The decision was made by the EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender together with the Chair of the ESC Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, ZDF’s Dr Frank Dieter Freiling. Martin Österdahl has been in charge as Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö 2013 and Stockholm 2016 and been member of the ESC reference group. Many people know Österdahl as an author for crime thrillers.
The time of the ESC super weekends has started. More and more country are going to choose their songs for Rotterdam. This Saturday we can witness three shows: “Melodi Grand Prix” in Norway, the 2nd Semi Final, “Pabandom iš naujo!” in Lithuania the 2nd heat and the EMA in Slovenia with the wildcard show.
German singer Sandro Nicolas has been chosen by the Cypriot broadcaster PIK to represent Cyprus in Rotterdam 2020. Cyprus has been quite successful recently, always in the Grand Final since 2015 and even very close to victory with Eleni Foueira “Fuego”.
A selection committee together with the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS, has made an internal decision to send Jeangu Macrooy as a representative for the host county this year, who has been under the radar as potential Dutch representative for a while. So the successful concept with an internal choice will be followed another time.