Now it’s official: the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020 will take place with 41 countries. This is the same number of participating countries like this year in Tel Aviv. Surprisingly, two countries have withdrawn: Hungary and Montenegro, but therefore two countries will come back after a year’s pause: Bulgaria and Ukraine. Of course a country is able to withdraw after the official deadline but only with paying a penalty fee. So until March there is still room for surprises.
For the upcoming 65th Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the official slogan has been announced: “Open Up”. Every contest is having a special motto so that the artwork and logos do make more sense and reflect the spirit of the host city. In 2002 it was the first time in ESC history that a motto “A Modern Fairy tale” has been used.
The second country to announce its participant is Spain. Earlier than ever Spain has named the young Spanish siner Blas Cantó as representant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. It looks like there will be an internal choice of the Spanish broadcaster RTVE, as the format “Operacion Triunfo” has been the format to choose the ESC participants and songs.
This year there will be a big Eurovision concert in Amsterdam called “Het Grote Songfestivalfeest” on December 15. The venue will be the big Ziggi Dome arena and obviously there will be a live orchestra accompanying all the ESC singers. The Dutch Television will also be broadcasting the show live.
The very first participant for the 2020 ESC in Rotterdam is unvealed: Hooverphonic from Belgium. It’s just the announcement of the band, the song will be chosen at a later stage. The band exists since 1995 and is known for indie-pop, electronic and dream pop music and is also quite known internationally – especially in Russia. It’s great to see that a successful band is going to represent Belgium in the ESC.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand will leave is position after the 65th ESC in Rotterdam next year. He will return to his Norwegian host broadcaster NRK. Since 10 years Jon Ola has been responsible for the smooth organization of the event dealing with all the host countries and participating broadcasters with all its ups and down.
These days also sad news are making the round. In the Czech Republic Karel Gott was a super star and has also reached a broad international fan audience, mainly in the German speaking countries. He released over 100 albums and compilations. Now he died in the age of 80, suffering from leukaemia.
Now it’s official, Rotterdam will be the host city for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. At the end Rotterdam was in the final battle with Maastricht, but could convince with the bigger arena and will host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in history.
For the first the Eurovision convention named “Unescon” took place in Hanover, Germany. This special Eurovision event has been organized by Dr Eurovision Irving Wolter in collaboration with Eurovision.de outside the Eurovision season. Beside of the gala concert on Saturday night there has been a vivid touristic programme for the guests, meet & greet and a welcome dinner.