As we enter the home stretch of August, Eurovision fans have one question on their minds: Which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020?
As you’re all well aware, several Dutch cities wanted to host ESC 2020, but only two of them are still left in the race: Maastricht and Rotterdam. We already knew the winner would be revealed on the 30th of August. And now we know when and where the announcement will take place. Dutch broadcaster NPO has revealed on its web site that it has reserved a slot on NPO1 to announce whether MECC Maastricht or Ahoy Rotterdam will have the honour of hosting the event. The prize for the winning venue is massive exposure — around 200 million people will tune in to see the show unfold.
In the past, Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence has admitted that he prefers Rotterdam over Maastricht because it’s closer to where he grew up.
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Will Duncan announce the host city?
Eagle-eyed Eurovision fans spotted Duncan filming videos in both Maastricht and Rotterdam earlier this summer. The chances are that these were announcement videos filmed in advance, and that one of them will be shown during the two-minute broadcast. The announcement will come just before NOS Journaal, the most-watched news broadcast in the country. A spokesperson for NPO said that more information would be shared during the week about what the announcement will look like. They may also make clear what will be broadcast later in the evening at 7:58pm.
Host city problems solved
MECC director Rob van de Wiel remains hopeful about Maastricht’s bid, following NPO’s recent call for additional information about logistics and stage rafters. After the selection committee’s visit to the MECC, he announced that manufacturers still had to consider the load-bearing capacity of the trusses which help support the roof. When asked whether that was solved, he said: “The bid book and the cooperation agreement have been submitted — that says enough.” Rotterdam also had to submit a supplement to their proposal, but Ahoy has not made any statements about this so far.
No visit from the EBU
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest shows and the TV broadcast, has not yet visited Maastricht or Rotterdam. According to a spokesperson for the EBU, the organization requires the Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS to first submit at least two cities with suitable locations. The EBU is then involved in the final choice. “In this case, it is not necessary to visit the candidate cities before the decision is made. In recent years the EBU has visited candidate cities in Israel and Ukraine, but not in Portugal and Sweden.”
Do you prefer Maastricht or Rotterdam to host ESC 2020? Are you just as excited as we are? Let us know in the comment section down below!