Eurovision has been officially cancelled
Adding to the bad news, Eurovision has announced that the song contest has been cancelled for 2020.
It’s no huge surprise, but there had been some hope that it could be run as a virtual competition.
Unfortunately, Eurovision organisers have decided that it’s not going to be possible to run the event so they’ve cancelled.
What happens to the artists who were going to compete in 2020?
Eurovision organisers haven’t yet given any clear guidance on this.
One option being discussed is that all of the artists selected for 2020 would be eligible to compete in 2021, but that they would need new songs.
Eurovision have said that they are looking at all options and will clarify the situation as soon as possible.
Where is Eurovision 2021?
After Duncan Laurence landed the Netherlands their fifth Eurovision Song Contest win in 2019, the massive event headed to Rotterdam in readiness for the 2020 competition – the 65th time that the event has been held.
However, the cancellation of the 2020 event means that everything is being carried forward to next year, so Rotterdam has been confirmed as the host of Eurovision 2021.
The 2020 event was planned to take place at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam Ahoy in the Netherlands. It’s likely that this will again be the venue for the 2021 event.
When is Eurovision 2021?
Dates have not yet been set for the 2021 event. Eurovision organisers are currently working with their broadcast partners to try and finalise this.
Who will we see at Eurovision 2021?
41 countries were confirmed to take part in Eurovision 2020. Australia was due to be back again, and Bulgaria and Ukraine had both confirmed their return to the competition. Hungary decided not to take part in the 2020 event.
We’ll have to wait and see how everyone lines up for 2021.
Who were the artists we were going to see in 2020?
Prior to the cancellation, all countries had completed their selection process and confirmed the artists and songs that would be representing them. These are:
- Albania – Arilena Ara to sing Shaj
- Armenia – Athena Manoukian to sing Chains On You
- Australia – Montaigne to sing Don’t Break Me
- Austria – Vincent Bueno to sing Alive
- Azerbaijan – Efendi to sing Cleopatra
- Belarus – VAL to sing Da Vidna
- Belgium – Hooverphonic to sing Release Me
- Bulgaria – Victoria to sing Tears Getting Sober
- Croatia – Damir Kedžo to sing Divlji Vjetre
- Cyprus – Sandro to sing Running
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo to sing Kemama
- Denmark – Ben & Tan to sing Yes
- Estonia – Uku Suviste to sing What Love Is
- Finland – Aksel to sing Looking Back
- France – Tom Leeb to sing The Best In Me
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani to sing Take Me As I Am
- Germany – Ben Dolic to sing Violent Thing
- Greece – Stefania to sing Supergirl
- Iceland – Daði og Gagnamagnið to sing Think About Things
- Ireland – Lesley Roy to sing Story Of My Life
- Israel – Eden Alene to sing Feker Libi
- Italy – Diodata to sing Fai Rumore
- Latvia – Samanta Tina to sing Still Breathing
- Lithuania – The Roop to sing On Fire
- Malta – Destiny Chukunyere to sing All Of My Love
- Moldova – Natalia Gordienko to sing Prison
- North Macedonia – Vasil to sing You
- Norway – Ulrikke will to Attention
- Poland – Alicja Szemplińska to sing Empires
- Portugal – Elisa to sing Medo De Sentir
- Romania – Roxen to sing Alcohol You
- Russia – Little Big to sing Uno
- San Marino – Senhit to sing Freaky!
- Serbia – Hurricane to sing Hasta La Vista
- Slovenia – Ana Soklič to sing Voda
- Spain – Blas Cantó to sing Universo
- Sweden – The Mamas to sing Move
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears to sing Répondez-moi
- The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy to sing, but the song hasn’t been confirmed
- Ukraine – Go_A to sing Соловей (Solovey)
- United Kingdom – James Newman to sing My Last Breath