Ever since Australia joined the Eurovision family, fans have wondered if any other countries outside the EBU might also get a guest invitation. Now outgoing Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand says that the EBU ‘may’ extend an invitation to the United States. But only if the American version of Eurovision gets established.
Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden reports that Sand made the comments at Eurosonic Noorderslag, an annual European music conference held in the Dutch city of Groningen.
Sand made the comment at a special event where he was interviewed about his time as Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
When asked if the United States would be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sand said it was possible. But first, the American Song Contest (also known as Eurovision America) would need to go ahead and be established first.
But this isn’t something we’ll be seeing any time soon. As Jon Ola told the panel, an American appearance would be a long way off – “not in my time.”
Australia has been able to get a guest invitation to Eurovision as broadcaster SBS is an associate member of the EBU. The United States has three broadcasters who are associate members of the EBU: the major networks ABC, CBS and NBC.
The news has sparked mixed reactions from fans. Some welcome a potential new addition to the Eurovision Song Contest, while others feel that Eurovision should focus on Europe. Some argue that the EBU should work at getting non-participating European countries like Slovakia and Turkey back in the contest and for the debut of countries such as Liechtenstein.
Who would you rather want at ESC?
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Eurovision stars perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag
Jon Ola Sand isn’t the only Eurovision-related person to feature at Eurosonic Noorderslag. A number of recent Eurovision stars performed at the event.
Duncan Laurence performed his recent single “Love Don’t Hate It” as well as his Eurovision winning song “Arcade”.
Fellow Eurovision winner WURST is on the schedule, as well as Slovenia 2019 stars Zalagaspar and Belgium 2017 star Blanche. Latvian national finalist ANNNA is also on the list, as is X Factor Malta judge Alexandra Alden.
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