While the good people of Maastricht are cheering themselves up with vlaai and Brandt beer, Rotterdam is celebrating its win in the race to host Eurovision 2020.
And it’s not just folks in Rotterdam who are happy that the music contest is heading to the harbour city in May 2020. The second city of the Netherlands was a long-term favourite among Eurofans, including the many who commented on any and all of our host city posts expressing their love for it.
And now, following the official host city announcement, Eurovision 2020 directors Marnix Kaart and Marc Pos have revealed that both of them also preferred Rotterdam over Maastricht for artistic reasons.
The city’s location and its previous experience hosting major international events seem to have been the key factors when the organising committee decided which city had the better bid — and so it was for the two directors in charge of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
The Ahoy in Rotterdam has vast experience hosting international music and sport events, including the 2007 edition of Junior Eurovision, which was immortalised in the documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit.
Maastricht, on the other hand, was always an underdog in the bidding process…owing mostly to challenges with its venue the MECC, which had no tribunes to hold up the immense lighting rigs and also the issue of its low roof. But anyway: you could not be fault the city for its enthusiasm.
Marnix Kaart, who will be responsible for the cinematography of the contest, told NOS:
“[Rotterdam] was my personal preference. I know Ahoy very well, so I know its capacities. Especially the height of the arena is great.”
And he definitely knows his stuff. He’s previously been in charge of entertainment juggernauts like Holland’s Got Talent, The Musical Awards, Friends of Amstel live, Toppers in Concert and Armin van Buuren in the Amsterdam Arena. He’s prime time, y’all.
The directors were not involved in the decision-making process per se, but they told NOS that they nonetheless advised the organising broadcasters and the EBU.
Marc Pos, who will be the man in charge of the design and sets, and also the structure of the show, told NOS that the venue in Rotterdam will be perfect to create a “legendary opening ceremony”. It’s pretty clear that both directors are hoping to showcase Dutch innovation in the contest.
Pos has done it before. He rose to fame at home for directing the first series of Idols in 2003, and he founded the popular Dutch TV shows DWDD, Nieuwsuur and De Lama’s. He told Eurovision.tv: “Eurovision is one of the largest and most complex directional assignments that exists, which I will sink my teeth into. We will show the world what the Netherlands is made of.”
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