Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence had the honour of making the announcement during a special two-minute broadcast on NPO 1. He narrated a scenic video with these words:
“Is it about showing the beauty of our country to Europe, or even the world?…What is it really about?…Is it about who we are as humans, our nature, our habits?”
“For me it’s about music first, always. But it can be about whatever you want it to be. About what we have in common. About what makes us unique…in a city where being different doesn’t make a difference at all.”
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and has the right facilities to welcome delegations from over 40 countries next May. We look forward to working with Rotterdam and NPO, NOS and AVROTROS on an incredible state-of-the-art Eurovision Song Contest in a great city next year.”
NPO’s director general Shula Rijxman said: “It is our wish to organize a Eurovision Song Contest that is embraced throughout the Netherlands and also functions as a showcase for our country in Europe. We are happy that as a public broadcaster we can now really work together with Rotterdam and the Ahoy arena to organize a unique event that connects and inspires all inhabitants of the Netherlands and Europe.”
You can watch the reaction of the Rotterdam bid team below. Their excitement has us extra excited!
— Martijn van der Zande (@vanderzande) August 30, 2019
Rotterdam: Eurovision 2020 host city
Rotterdam’s victory isn’t particularly surprising. After Amsterdam withdrew its bid over the summer, the famed port city emerged as the fan favourite. Its Ahoy arena has a capacity of 15,000 and vast experience with major events. Among other things, it has hosted the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007.
While it’s known as The Netherlands’ “second city” after Amsterdam, Rotterdam is riding a wave of cool. In recent years it has been a staple of travel magazines. Bombed heavily during the Second World War, it’s had the chance to re-invent itself with experimental architecture. It’s now known for a vibrant restaurant and food scene and cutting-edge design, as seen at its iconic Markthall.
After The Hague withdrew from the host city race, it threw its support behind Rotterdam. And the province of Zuid-Holland committed one million euros to support the song contest should Rotterdam seal the deal. The city even had support from the reigning king of ESC — Duncan Laurence.
Speaking to 1Limburg — the main news portal in rival host city candidate Maastricht — he said: “I prefer the city near to where I come from and that is Rotterdam.”
Duncan was born in Spijkenisse, a small town in Zuid-Holland, and grew up in the even smaller city of Hellevoetsluis.
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