After the grand unveiling of Rotterdam as the host city of ESC 2020, details surrounding this year’s production are coming thick and fast. It’s only going to continue in the coming months — and today is no different. Writing on Twitter, Dutch Eurovision commentator and long-time ESC enthusiast Cornald Maas revealed that he has been given an important task for the 65th edition of Eurovision.
Nav vragen: ik word -naast paar andere dingen; later daarover meer- ‘creative advisor’ van het creatieve en organiserende team #songfestival2020
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) August 31, 2019
“After receiving questions about my role in ESC2020, I am announcing that I will become ‘creative adviser’ — among other things, which will be announced later on.”
Cornald Maas is a very important Eurovision figure in the Netherlands. Maas is responsible for the commentary of the ESC live shows for Dutch television and has spent years working behind the scenes. As many of you will know, he’s also hosted several editions of Eurovision in Concert — the biggest Eurovision promo event, which takes place annually in Amsterdam.
Cornald is appreciated for his involvement with ESC partly because he’s always remained positive — even in the years when the Dutch failed to qualify for the grand final. Yes, during that period of eight consecutive non-qualifications from 2005 until 2012.
A couple of years ago, Cornald became part of the selection committee. As part of the team, he influenced decisions that brought several successful acts to ESC, including Anouk (2013), The Common Linnets (2014), Douwe Bob (2016) and of course, the winner of Eurovison 2019, Duncan Laurence. During that period he also made time to connect with the community of Eurovision fans at home and abroad, even helping us with reporting on various occasions.
Here you can watch Cornald Maas’ commentary when The Netherlands won Eurovision in Tel Aviv.
Because of his involvement and his great love and passion for the festival, it’s no surprise that Cornald has been given this important job. Those are two of the reasons we included him on our wishlist of potential hosts for Eurovision 2020. We’ve now doubt this dedicated personality — and Eurovision fan — will make it a priority to put on an amazing 65th edition of the song contest.
Do you think Cornald Maas will do a great job as creative adviser? Which creative decisions would you like to see made for #ESC2020 in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comment section down below!