New day, new bit of news from The Netherlands. NPO has announced that Rozemarijn Moggré and Andrew Makkinga will moderate all press conferences during the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Between May 2nd and 17th, Rozemarijn and Andrew will conduct 87 different press conferences in Ahoy Rotterdam’s press center.

Eurovision 2020 press conferences

Each contestant at Eurovision has the opportunity to meet the press en masse at least twice. There is a “meet-and-greet” after their first rehearsal during the first week. And a larger “press conference” after their second rehearsals (when more journalists have arrived in the city). In addition to this, there are press conferences after each semi-final for the acts that have advanced, and with the winner after the grand finale.

Although the press room welcomes 1,500 journalists from all over the world, the vast majority of these people only arrive in the second week — and many only days before the grand final. This means that the press meet-and-greets during the first week are typically intimate affairs. If you’re accredited you can get truly up-close-and-personal with your favourite stars.

The press conferences for the semifinals and the grand final will be broadcast via YouTube.

Who is Rozemarijn Moggré?

Roos Moggré is a journalist and presenter for the AVROTROS’ current affairs program EenVandaag. In addition to presenting television broadcasts, Rozemarijn is also one of the presenters of Radio EenVandaag. Eurovision fans might recognise her: she presented the press conference given in Rotterdam after it was announced that Rotterdam won the host city bid. She’s ready to #OpenUp. She said: ”These artists and journalist come from all over the world. As a Dutch person, I think it’s amazing to be part of this.”

Who is Andrew Makkinga?

Andrew Makkinga is a presenter and discussion leader. Born in Uganda, Andrew has enormous know-how in the field of politics and music. These two worlds may seem to have little in common, but Andrew knows how intertwined they are. The Dutch public might know him as a reporter for NTR during live broadcasts of music festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival — an annual jazz event in Ahoy Rotterdam — and as a radio DJ for NPO Soul & Jazz. Andrew is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Performing Arts Fund. He said: ”I am particularly interested in Eurovision’s diversity of musical styles.”

What do you think of these Rozemarijn and Andrew? Do you watch the press conferences on YouTube? Let us know in the comment section down below!

 

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Good luck Roos en Andrew! A plea to the organizers: can you make sure that the *sound* will be in optimal condition for the press conferences and meet and greet sessions? Rotterdam is not Tel Aviv but last year the sound quality made it impossible to follow those events and enjoy them on youtube. Thanks very much in advance.