The UK was set to be represented by singer-songwriter James Newman with his self-penned My Last Breath, whether he will be asked to come up with another track to compete with is yet to be confirmed. The 2020 contest, due to take place in Rotterdam in May, will now be held in 2021, Last modified on Wed 1 Jul 2020 13.12 EDT. This week, Glastonbury Festival organizers announced that the event for this year had been canceled, and organizers for other events like Miami’s Ultra Music Festival have chosen to pursue livestream alternatives for the concerts. Pharrell Launches Search for World Class Gospel Choir in 'Voices of Fire' Teaser, Dolly Parton Made Stephen Colbert Cry With an Old Folk Song on ‘The Late Show’, Watch Obama Absolutely Torch Trump During His Debut Campaign Event for Biden, Harry Hudson Discusses Journey With Cancer and How ‘Just Living’ Inspired His New Album, Adam Sandler’s Bulldog Bagel Joins Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’ Craze. coronavirus, covid-19, Eurovision Song Contest. In This Article: It’s a blow for the country’s chances, after last year’s last place finish – Newman had been selected by the BBC rather than by a public vote having previously worked on 2011’s winning entry from Azerbaijan, Running Scared by Ell & Nicki, and having won a Brit Award for Best British Single in 2014, for Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. media caption Eurovision 2020: The Cancelled Coronavirus Year. “We regret this situation very much but I can promise you, the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”. Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers confirm. The Dutch broadcasters and the EBU are discussing the possibility of The Netherlands to host Eurovision 2021. The European music contest was originally scheduled for this May; it will be the first time that Eurovision has not been held annually in its 64-year history. It is avidly followed across much of Europe, and is lauded and mocked in equal measure for its uniquely kitsch and frequently surreal performances.
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam,” the EBU wrote in a statement. The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has become the latest high profile cultural event to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the annual songwriting competition delayed until 2021. Due to be held in Rotterdam on 16 May, in a statement put out on Wednesday the European Broadcasting Union said: “It is with deep regret that we have to announced the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020”. Sign up for our newsletter. Remember when Pharrell Williams' monumental hat sent the internet into a frenzy? Many European countries have shuttered their borders, restricted travel and banned mass gatherings in recent days as the coronavirus pandemic has deepened. This year's contest was set to take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in May, with 41 countries taking part in two semi-finals and a final. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation," the show's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said in a statement. The European Broadcasting Union, which manages the annual pan-European show, said it was "extremely saddened" to take the decision. With Eurovision 2020 cancelled, the acts who were supposed to perform have recorded a message for fans. While it is expected that all this year’s acts will be invited to take part again, it is unclear if the same songs will be eligible.
The Eurovision Song Contest logo is seen on a screen during the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) national selection show. Want more Rolling Stone?
It is the first time the event has not taken place since it began in 64 years ago. However the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned.”. The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest will be missed this year. On 18 March the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled for the first time in its 64-year history. Organizers and the city of Rotterdam will "continue a conversation" regarding next year's event, the EBU's. The EBU statement goes on to say that it will “continue a conversation” with regards to hosting the event in 2021. Intention to honour Eurovision 2020 songs and artists. Why Are Men So Compelled to Defend Jacking Off on a Work Zoom? Finneas Sings About His Hatred of the Internet on ‘Can’t Wait to Be Dead’, 5 Things We Learned From Lizzo’s Interview With David Letterman, Nada Surf Release 10-Minute Short Film for ‘Just Wait’. Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Wednesday. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. The EBU has said discussions are ongoign with Rotterdam about the hosting of the event next year.
That means 2020’s Eurovision will be forever lost to time, and so will all of these songs.
An official statement from the European Broadcasting Union on the #Eurovision Song Contest 2020. pic.twitter.com/b3h7akxvpF, — Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 18, 2020.
Eurovision is just the latest major music event to be canceled or postponed due to the spread of coronavirus.
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