The NPO needs more information. That’s the news coming out of the Netherlands as the Eurovision 2020 host city race draws to a close.
As RTL Nieuws reports, the last two remaining cities — Rotterdam and Maastricht — must once again consider their plans for the organization of the song contest at the request of the organizing broadcaster. The two potential host cities have until this Friday to hand over a supplement that expands on their previously submitted bid books.
The selection committee — which consists of the broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS – conducted working visits to the candidate cities last month. And it seems that those trips have inspired more questions about how Rotterdam (home of the world-famous Ahoy) and Maastricht (home to the lesser-known MECC) intend to throw Europe’s biggest party.
The request for still more information suggests how serious the host broadcaster is taking its decision. It could also imply that the race is very tight, and that officials want another chance to somehow separate two strong contenders.
So what exactly are they looking for? A spokesperson for the MECC said the request includes “the situation with certain permits or the program of the side events”. As we previously reported, Maastricht has already shared publicly some of its impressive plans, which include using a former gas storage unit for EuroClub and assigning delegations various neighbourhoods of the city for celebratory events.
The additional information may revolve around the practicalities that surround these plans — everything from parking and transport to funding and security. Throwing a party isn’t all fun and games, right?
The spokesman for the municipality of Rotterdam, who nominated Ahoy as the host venue, didn’t provide any further details about the additions to the bid book, but confirmed that it’s a matter of adding that “finishing touch.”
Based on the bid books and working visits to the cities, the selection committee will make its recommendation to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The decision should be announced in mid-August — after which all of you can start planning your trips!
Last month, Utrecht, Arnhem and Den Bosch also tried to win the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Those three cities were summarily dropped by the host broadcaster owing to a mixture of factors, including the financial contributions each city could make.
Fan hype has been building in recent hours. Duncan Laurence was spotted in Maastricht on Monday to record a promotional video. And later this week the Eurovision 2019 winner will visit Rotterdam on behalf of AVROTROS to make a video. It is not yet clear what role Duncan is playing — perhaps he’s just filming congratulatory videos which can be used to announce the eventual winner? What is known is that he’s previously indicated he would like to be one of the hosts for Eurovision 2020. We’d be thrilled if he showed us his Arcade!
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