A lot is still up in the air over Eurovision 2020, but one thing is now certain: the Eurovision Song Contest will not take place in the city of Breda.

That’s after the city announced on Monday that it was withdrawing from host city contention because of the major financial risks associated with securing the event.

Previously Breda wanted to organize the contest in the Breepark event hall. Although this location would meet the requirements — it has adequate seating and a roof, for starters — the city has decided to pull out.

Alderman Daan Quaars from the city of Breda explained that while the will was there from the moment Duncan Laurence won Eurovision, further questioning and new information made them back away. You’ll remember that in order to see the official selection criteria, cities first had to sign up for the bidding process. In some ways they were bidding blindly.

“After some additional questions to [broadcaster] NPO, we finally had to conclude that, partly in view of the current financial situation of the municipality, it is not justified to do it. Also because everything is under great time pressure, the candidate cities must have submitted their bid books no later than 10 July. ”

Another complication was having to foot the financial guarantee for the event. It seemed strange to city officials that the city would have to shoulder the guarantee alone, given that the entire country will benefit from the contest.

“From a further explanation of the rules of this special event, it seems that [a considerable financial guarantee] must be provided unilaterally by the municipality. This is not realistic, because the event not only promotes Breda, but the whole of the Netherlands.”

There are now six cities and regions that are still in the race to become Eurovision’s next host city: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht / Limburg, Arnhem and Den Bosch. Leeuwarden and The Hague withdrew earlier.

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Rainbow
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Rainbow

My hometown. Sad life this amazing event will not take place just around the corner. But is was to be expected. ?
Breda is a lovely town tho so make sure that you will visit it sometime.

Peter
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Peter

The Breda Jazz Festival may be an excellent opportunity…. 🙂

Jo.
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Jo.

wow i thought they had this one in the bag

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Not unless Tiësto ponied up a nice chunk of the budget to have this show in his city.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Arnhem are the only cities left that have a venue that is big and high enough.
Maastricht, Utrecht and Den Bosch are just wasting the time of the people who have to go through the bid books.

Darren
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Darren

Can we just narrow it down to the final two already? We know it’s going to be between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. As I said before though, hopefully the other cities are used in some way too throughout the two weeks. Make hosting ESC a national thing instead of just confining it to one city. Get the nation behind it! Red carpet event at The Hague Pre-contest concerts in Breda, Maastricht etc Semi final and final either Amsterdam or Rotterdam Eurovision: The Party- concept used in 2016 in either Amsterdam or Rotterdam- whoever doesn’t end up hosting the actual contest Postcards… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

They should take the opportunity in a country with a great transport system and everything close together to make it national. Wouldn’t have this opportunity in Russia, Spain, Italy, Sweden etc.

Darren
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Darren

That’s exactly what I mean (Dunno why I got downvoted for it though).
Rotterdam/Amsterdam/Den Haag etc are all very close together. So my idea of spreading the contest out like this could work in The Netherlands.

Tusan
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Why should we spread the contest like that? So now youre telling me a whole country should be involved just because its main cities are close to each other? So what? Spreading out Eurovision events like Darren suggested would mean they would still be several kms away from each other and no one (not the fans nor the national broadcaster) wants to waste their money on commute and logistics like that when you can hold every event in one city. So the idea of holding these events in different cities just sounds illogical to me. Just because we can do… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

Moreover, that would set an unworkable precedent for larger countries like Russia or Ukraine. You couldn’t do the multiple cities approach as a one-off

KESC
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KESC

I really hope for Rotterdam and I know that it’s probably going to be either Amsterdam or Rotterdam, but considering the fact that Arnhem is very closely located to Germany, I wouldn’t mind Arnhem hosting either. I mean it only takes 1 hour for us to arrive there 😀

Even if the contest does take place in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, I will be still hoping to attend the Eurovision for the first time ever.

If everything goes right, the Netherlands I’m coming.. 😀

Lolo
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Lolo

We all know this thing will be between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Nikki
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Nikki

The surrender of Breda 2019.
People who know about Art will know ?

FYROM
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FYROM

why dont they just host it in russia in stead of all this unnecessary drama

Leo
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Leo

There is no logical reason to host next year in russia

Robert
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Robert

There is no drama! Cities are Just now looking at all the posibilities and concluding it is possible or not.. very normal.. gonna be Rotterdam/Amsterdam and maybe Maastricht anyway..

Joe
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Joe

By and large, compared to last year, this is one of the least dramatic host city bids I’ve ever seen.

Azaad
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Azaad

Small cities entering the bidding process and withdrawing due to a lack of funds is normal for Eurovision- Eilat wanting to host was not what made the 2019 season controversial. Besides, even if Breda didn’t win, they were never going to be chosen over cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht or Maastricht.

Bella
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Bella

What drama, lol? A city withdrawing itself because it doesn’t think it has the capacity to host is not “drama”.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I want Everyone but Amsterdam or Rotterdam to withdraw!

Nathan Anthony Pace
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Nathan Anthony Pace

Small cities deserve the chance to bid too, not only Amsterdam and Rotterdam.