Earlier this evening, the official Eurovision website appeared to reveal that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is going to be held in Rotterdam. Yep. Eurovision.tv briefly listed Rotterdam 2020 as an event on the site, and also in the History archives. If you clicked on The Netherlands, the city of Rotterdam was shown hosting the event in 2020. It listed the official venue as the Ahoy — but sadly no details were given on dates.
The official host city is due to be announced on Friday 30th August at 12pm CET. However, many now seem to think we have been gifted an apparent confirmation by mistake and two days early. This follows a campaign from the contest’s social media account, which has been building suspense by sharing, among other things, a video of last year’s winner Duncan Laurence hanging around both cities.
Of course this could be a website testing blunder and rival city Maastricht may well be the actual winner. We still have to wait for the official confirmation on Friday. Then and only then we can start tracking down tourist hotspots and activities away from the Ahoy Arena (or indeed the MECC). Until then we can at least start focusing more on Rotterdam, and maybe get excited for pre-season already, and put up our FIKmas tree…
The plot thickens…
Interestingly, not long after Eurovision had put Rotterdam up as an event on the site — and hastily removed it — Maastricht 2020 then popped up there too. However, Twitter super-sleuth @TylerrM99 noticed some issues with the quickly loaded Massticht option:
Even left in the additional comma from the Rotterdam page pic.twitter.com/0QQl67Rg08
— Tyler M ?? (@TylerrM99) August 28, 2019
Whilst we are now amateur Sherlock Holmeses, trying to pick up more and more clues, we can’t help but be intrigued by Tyler’s theory of grammatical mistakes on the Maastricht page and the lack of photo. I guess we’ll have to hold our patience for just another couple of days to be certain!
When cities handed in bid-books, executive producer of the contest Sietse Bakker stressed some of the key criteria. He said: “You produce perhaps the most complex TV show worldwide. It is important that you have a location where you have the space to do that. And then the city itself: do you have the hotel rooms and can you handle the logistics so that not only the visitors but also all kinds of other people who attract it can stay in the city centre?”
From the off, many fans were hoping for Rotterdam to be chosen due to its easy links with Amsterdam. It also hosts one of the biggest ports in Europe for fans not so keen on flying. The city is also considerably bigger than Maastricht, so more availability of hotel rooms and tourist facilities is likely to occur. If Rotterdam indeed is the host then, this makes sense with Sieste’s requirements. The Ahoy is also experienced in hosting big events, such as the MTV EMAs in 2017, and even Junior Eurovision back in 2007.
No matter which way the decision goes, we are super excited for Eurovision 2020! Which city are you hoping for? Do you think there’s been a mistake at Eurovision HQ. Is it Rotterdam, or is the Maastricht post soon after proof it isn’t necessarily at the Ahoy? Let us know what you think in the comments below!