Cornald Maas will not present the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 in Rotterdam. Cornald revealed the news during an interview with the Dutch TV show Shownieuws on Monday.
Cornald 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.
So for many Eurofans it would be a logical step for Cornald Maas to present Eurovision 2020. Earlier he stated that he would like to do so. But this will not be happening. It is still unclear who will do it. Maas hopes that Jan Smit will have the opportunity. In recent years Maas and Smit have provided commentary together for the live broadcasts of the Eurovision Song Contest. Both presenters were on our wishlist for hosting for ESC 2020 in Rotterdam.
Dutch media have sensationalised the news that Cornald won’t be hosting with several newspapers stating that he was “rejected” by Dutch broadcaster NPO. Cornald says this is not the case and has hit back on social media.
Agossie – dit soort kopjes na wat selectieve berichtgeving. Heb zelf aangegeven dat ik commentaar wil (blijven) doen, oa omdat dat meer vrijheid en ruimte geeft. En organisatie #songfestival heeft nog niks besloten over presentatie pic.twitter.com/1UHZKagMKH
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) October 8, 2019
“Oh dear — there are always these kinds of headlines after some selective reporting,” he tweeted. “I have stated myself that I would prefer to continue providing commentary during ESC, partly because this gives me more freedom and space. The #Eurovision organization has not yet decided on who is going to host.”
Last month it became clear that Cornald had a different task within the organization: he’ll serve as the creative advisor of Eurovision 2020. Because of his involvement and his great love and passion for the contest, it’s no surprise that Cornald has been given this important job.
Watch Cornald and Jan’s reaction to Duncan winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 here:
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Wanneer je hoort dat Nederland na 44 jaar het Songfestival wint… ? Hier zit alles in! Tranen van geluk, na jarenlang knokken om Nederland weer op de Songfestivalkaart te zetten! De beste stuurlui staan aan wal, maar in dit geval zit de kapitein met het meeste verstand al 6 jaar naast mij! Cornald bedankt! ??
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