They say that all that glitters is not gold.

But evidently nobody told the City of Rotterdam.

Because when this year’s intake of stars strut their stuff at the Eurovision 2020 Opening Ceremony they’ll be walking a gold carpet.

After blue, orange and red in recent years, the Netherlands will be going gold in 2020. The ceremony is scheduled for May 10 and as in previous years will be live streamed.

It will take place at Rotterdam’s Cruise Terminal. The venue choice may leave international fans scratching their heads, but the Terminal is part of the city’s cultural heritage. As a point of arrival and departure from the Netherlands, it offers an ideal spot to welcome all of Europe to Rotterdam for the contest. It also boasts a 3800m² hall.

Eurovision 2020 Opening Ceremony focuses on sustainability

While hosting Eurovision is in every sense a “one-off” for most cities, sustainability is high on the agenda this year.

Everything from colour to construction of this year’s carpet has been influenced by that theme. This year’s carpet will be made from recycled carpet tiles.

A Eurovision spokesperson told Ad.nl:

“The golden colour symbolises the value of waste. Because in a circular world, waste is worth gold.” The carpet will be primarily gold, with a final segment in blue for one of the main sponsors of the event.

The city is keen to use the event to highlight its green credentials.

Rotterdam is fast becoming a leader in sustainability. It is not without reason that our ambition is to make the Rotterdam edition of Eurovision as sustainable as possible in addition to a fantastic party for the city. The gold carpet is a symbol of this,” enthuses Alderman Arno Bonte.

After the Eurovision 2020 Opening Ceremony, the carpet will be recycled.

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Minaa
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Minaa

Imagine, if Italy had won in Tel Aviv last year instead of the Netherlands, Eurovision 2020 in Italy would definitely have been canceled. Yikes.

aroncido
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aroncido

If you look at the data, other European countries, including the Netherlands, will become similarly infected as Italy is right now in a few weeks’ time.

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

What people haven’t realised yet is that what’s happening right now in Italy WILL happen everywhere around Europe in the next 2-3 weeks unless we shut down everything right now. It’s possible that Italy will be safer in May than any other European country.

aroncido
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aroncido

There’s no ‘unless’. It will happen. Shutting down too much of normal life too early is ineffective and could be harmful. Let’s just prepare.

Laimis
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Laimis

The Roop won’t be going to The Netherlands for the postcard as well. so I think everyone are cancelling this bit for now.

Citizen of Memel
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Citizen of Memel

“We do not want to risk our own health or public health. We will follow the government’s recommendations to avoid overseas travel. We believe prudence is the key to getting everyone back to normal.” – Vaidotas

Thus, The Roop won’t be going to London and Amsterdam preparties as well.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

I think the pre-parties should be canceled altogether or pushed back for the sake of containing the coronavirus

Erik
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Erik

https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/live-alle-bijeenkomsten-met-meer-dan-100-personen-afgelast-kabinet-roept-op-thuis-te-werken~a26b4b4e/

Ban of events with less than 100 people in NL for a month of time. Authorities say ESC will continue as planned.

TimeToReact
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TimeToReact

Not ‘less’ but ‘more’ tan 100 ppl.

Erik
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Erik

Ofc. sorry

Anna
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Anna

I think that there are a big risk that to many will be sick in may. The prognosis as I have understand it – is that this will continue over the summer.

Artists, cameramen, producers, dansaer etc, etc. If a lot of people are sick it will not be able to arrange the show even if there would not be any restrictions from politicians

filipko54
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filipko54

I don’t know if CR with Ben will be able to participate because from today we can’t travel to many European countries including Netherlands because of the coronavirus ..

Andrew
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Andrew

All. Signs are on RED in the Netherlands at this moment unfortunately. But the good news, we still got some time.

Kim
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Kim

Current info from Oz is we can fly out but recommended that it be only essential / emergency. Some countries are banned and no flights from Australia to them – China,Italy,Iran,Hong Kong . If you leave the country you are in voluntary isolation on return for 2 weeks but latest info that has just come through is they suspect 2 weeks is not enough as Clovid 19 can keep you infectious for longer and there is talk of extending isolation for up to 4-5 weeks. We currently have Tom Hanks and his wife in Hospital in isolation here in Oz… Read more »

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Milan
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Milan

Sieben, sieben… 🙁

Henry
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Henry

Aqua meets Verka….

Héctor
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Héctor

But the result isn’t what one would like.

Citizen of Memel
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Citizen of Memel

The song sounds cheap and what’s worse, their vocals are awful live. Won’t make it to TOP5, but probably will stay in TOP10 because of many Eastern countries.

Héctor
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Héctor

Pfff…. I just can’t. Why Russia? WHY? Most annoying song I’ve listened to in a while. Her voice is insufferable, the drop is pure noise and the lyrics are plain basic and repetitive. I’m sure there were better things but Russia likes to troll Europe. It reminds me to those dreadful joke entries send during the 00s. We all know it will still place top 10 because Russia but if send by… let’s say the Czech Republic… this won’t place higher than 16th in its SF.

Andrew
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Andrew

Ooh nooo.. This is pretty awefull

Ana
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Ana

I don’t think it’s confirmed as an entry. But if that’s their ESC song then yeah, it’s like Aqua but in a sewerage version. It’s not their best effort.

Thorn
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Thorn

Rotterdam has to prepare for the contest until a decision is taken. It’s very unlikely though that the pandemic will be over in less than 2 months time and it’s very unlikely that thousands of fans will be allowed inside the arena. There are 3 possibilities currently as things stand: cancel the contest altogether, postpone it for later this year, or hold the contest with an empty arena. I have no idea what EBU will decide to do.

poe-tay-toe chips
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poe-tay-toe chips

Postponing sounds the most sensible to me. This leaves room to prepare for an even more outstanding show, and for countries to fine tune and tweak their songs more, rather than these bad rushed revamps.

August or September?

Thorn
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Thorn

August is still holiday time for most people. September sounds perfect to me.

Denis
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Denis

Problem is aviability. Will the arena be aviable?Will the artists, who have schedules. Not to mention that would leave 2021 host with less time to prepare for May next year..

xelx
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xelx

In that scenario, I imagine EBU would have to pick the 2021 right away.

poe-tay-toe chips
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poe-tay-toe chips

Just have it in september for here on out then perhaps? I don’t see why it must ALWAYS be in may

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

The same applies for multiple events that are being cancelled or postponed right now all over Europe. Some will never take place, some others will be rescheduled to an alternative date. We can’t make predictions. Right now is safety first. And the scientific estimates indicate that mass events will be probably unsafe for at least 2 months anywhere in Europe. Eurovision won’t stay unaffected. We just don’t know yet how exactly it will become affected.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Hard to realize. It has to fit all of the broadcasters agenda’s. ahoy needs to be available for 6 weeks and the interval acts + artists need to be available.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Also eurovision in september means eurovision 2021 would probably not be able to take place in may or a broadcaster would have only 8 months of time to prepare.

Helene
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Helene

I think they will skip this year and come back next year in Rotterdam.

Jan van der Jansen
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Jan van der Jansen

The most sustainable thing is to cancel eurovision

Nicky91
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Nicky91

exactly, and just a random winner chosen this year

Cameron
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Cameron

Honestly, I can see Italy withdrawing this year because the whole country has been shut down and maybe Israel as Eden’s not going anywhere at the moment

Somebody
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Somebody

If Italians won’t buy tickets to Rotterdam and Eden takes the necessary precautions, I don’t see why they’d withdraw. And, if a country that’s actively under Corona attack wins, EBU may grant the runner-up the ability to host as replacement.

Cameron
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Cameron

But what about the Italian and Israeli delegations, how would they even get to Rotterdam, Italy can’t leave and Israel is being really strict about the whole thing, honestly I’m Team Summer Eurovision at the moment because by July it would’ve slowed down and the risk won’t be as high. However I’m also open to a DMGP style Eurovision with no live audience. At the end of the day, Italy may withdraw due to the side of the outbreak there that’s only going to keep on growing and I can see that happening. If it does then Diodato should at… Read more »

Somebody
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Somebody

The delegation team consists of 10 people, maximum. And, we have two months ahead of Eurovision. Italy spent 10 billion EUR to contaminate the country, it’s not that they won’t allow them to leave the country in that time frame, but of course what you say can be applicable for events happening within the boundaries of Italy.

Una
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Una

“Contaminate the country”? What is that? Maybe to “contain the virus/situation”. “Put the country in quarantine”? 🙂

Somebody
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Somebody

You contain the virus by decontaminating the local places to avoid quarantine.

Burp
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Burp

Israel requires a two week quarantine for any travelers or anyone entering Israel. So that’s why Eden isn’t going anywhere rn. Because then she wouldn’t be able to prep while she’s in quarantine

Glorious Mustache
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Glorious Mustache

Jesus Christ people. Eurovision is in mid-May. Not a single country will be quarantined for 2 MONTHS. That’s insane. Especially once the warm weather kicks in. Simply the delegation of each country will be on a strict protection. The Eurovision parties are over for sure and the postcards will shoot in each entry’s country. Ain’t nobody got time to travel to Holland for some damn postcards.

Erik
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Erik

I’m also very keen on not spreading desinformation. Everyone who says summer will do the trick to prevent the current epidemic – where is your source?

Una
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Una

I never said that and I don’t have a source. But usually the flu virus is predominant in the cold season because of reasons I forget now. Lower temperature, weaker immune system, people sneazing etc. and spreading the virus more easily, more sick people in closed spaces.
So if coronavirus is like the flu virus, it would make sense that the warmer weather would bring it down.

Cameron
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Cameron

It’s flu season around now anyway (January-April) because of the cold weather and then the change between cold and warm temperatures, there as much in summer months. This comes from someone that has got both parents and a grandparent working and worked in the health service

Nicky91
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Nicky91

warm weather fake news again lol

Milan
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Milan

Not only the whole country of Italy has been shut down, but a lot of other countries are quite likely to be shut down in a matter of days.

Denis
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Denis

Sources on that?

Cameron
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Cameron

Here in UK we are preparing to close schools, my school has already set up a website for online school just in case, our government just had an emergency meeting about coronavirus and what to do and it’s looking like we’re going to go down the same route as Italy and quarantine the whole country

Denis
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Denis

The shutdown is only to April 3rd, meaning they hope it will have diminished by then. And from what I heard Italy’s borders are still open

Cameron
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Cameron

Not to Austria, freedom of movement throughout Italy is also banned

Sandy
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Sandy

I don’t think (and hope) it will be cancelled. I have a feeling that its going to be done behind closed doors, meaning just for t.v with no live audience.

Glorious Mustache
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Glorious Mustache

That’ll be the most underwhelming eurovision ever without a crowd. But relax Eurovision is 2 months away. That’s enough time for coronovirus to get solved.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

coronavirus can’t just get solved in this little time, cancel it for this year, choose a random winner now and let that one host next year

Vrede
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Vrede

I’d rather them postpone to September than go the Denmark route. It was really weird watching this giant arena with no audience…

Salvadork08-09
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Salvadork08-09

I think the reason why dutch people are upset is because they have waited 40 YEARS almost for the contest to take place in the Netherlands again… And while some countries (I won’t name them) in the past had issues for the most stupid situations, this really is a unfortunate happening that we CANNOT get under control…. but we did not just win Eurovison, just to watch it from the tv again, we may finally have chance to see it in real life, in our country, in our arena. But know with this pandemic? It might just be all gone,… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

Hopefully, if it follows the same course as China, it could begin to decline in the next 2-3 weeks, provided containment is successful.

Tom
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Tom

I live in China. Only Italy is doing anything even remotely comparable to what China did. But even then, before they locked down Italy, the media leaked news of the ban and thousands of people fled Lombardy, spreading the disease. Also dozens of flights flew out of Italy without passengers being tested.

so no, unless the West starts taking this seriously and taking the extreme measures like China did, it wont dissipate like it did in China.

Erik
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Erik

It’s hard for a democracy to make actions similar to what can be done in a dictatorship. In my country, the health ministry advices the government based on scientific evidence. The government cannot and should not act on their own hand. Closing down and locking up might make people less willing to report that they are infected. Hence it might be even harder to control the disease.

Maldric
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Maldric

China is a not a democracy….You can do things in China that you cannot do in Europe…

Denis
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Denis

To be fair, what made China successfully is that they control each citizen. They monitored. We don’t have that in Europe..

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

……haven’t most countries not won yet? I think a lot of people get how it feels actually

Sara
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Sara

Jep true, but I think they also mean that we already won and were really looking forward to it the whole year. Those countries didn’t win it yet if you know what I mean.

poe-tay-toe chips
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poe-tay-toe chips

okay but what percentage of dutch Eurovision viewers are both over 40 and old enough to remember the last time? It has to be an extremely low percentage.

Ben
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Ben

47.6% of the population of the Netherlands is older than 45 (so certainly not an extremely low percentage!)

Andrew
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Andrew

No it’s not ?

Sara
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Sara

I mean that we already won esc 2019. The countries that you mean still need to win the whole thing.

xelx
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xelx

If ESC 2020 is cancelled altogether, I imagine Rotterdam will automatically be the host of ESC 2021 with extra help from EBU.

Indiana07
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Indiana07

If Eurovision 2020 won’t take place then it will be held in 2021 and in the Netherlands. So you can host Eurovision. Or did I misunderstand anything?

Denis
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Denis

No, nothing says that. ESC 2021 will be for new songs, in a new arena, in a new country. Why compete with songs that were selected a year ago? That most people will have forgotten..

Nicky91
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Nicky91

then you shouldn’t forget about these songs, and don’t listen to any random american music crap later in the year either

Nicky91
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Nicky91

lol, our own fault how we also brought our people back from infected dirty zones like italy, china

George
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George

And i even coming from england to see latvia performance first time ever. I have tickets for flight and 2nd semi final and hostel. As hotels was not able to book its too expensive 🙂

Magistr
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Magistr

Well, you didnt name the country, but I want to say that when Ukraine had issues being in very difficult situation ESC fans didnt show much compassion to us, “move the contest to Sweden” they said… I wish you to organize perfect contest in empty arena hahaha))) Netherlands always were very negative to us, lets spread the hate!

Sara
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Sara

In what way? If you say something about a country being negative explain yourself please. Also, I don’t think you’re talking about ESC anymore but ok.

Liam Lindsay
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Liam Lindsay

I am thinking that they will end up postponing to July as the peak of the European infection of Covid-19 will occur over the next couple of weeks, this time will give all countries a chance to have dome breathing space and time to think of plans to put on a contest with the same fun and impact as years prior. This virus has put a major dampener on things but, more important priorities like health must always come first. The virus was first spotted in Europe in Late-January, Early-February time so naturally the Dutch btoadcasters, parliament and the EBU… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

Where is your source for the virus to faulter above 20°C?

Jeydelrey
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Jeydelrey

The idea that the virus would die above 20c is a myth. It’s everywhere at the moment, even in war countries. Scientists have proved that Trump’s theory that the virus will die in April because of water temperatures is wrong. The temperature would need to be over 56c to ensure the end of the pandemic.

Burp
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Burp

Or over 60-70% alcohol substances according to the CDC and WHO

Kirby
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Kirby

I refuse to think Rotterdam 2020 could be cancelled. Maybe the worst scenario would be to hold it à la old school, as in London 1973, when the acts were televised in one studio, and the audience and presenters were in another studio.

lucky
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lucky

London 1963

Kirby
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Kirby

Thank you for the correction! Yes, 1963, the year of Ofarim, Mouskouri, Hardy, Carroll…

Kirby
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Kirby

I’m shocked at how things develop. What would everything have been like if Soldi had won in Tel Aviv? Maybe Eurovision would have been cancelled for the first time or perhaps moved from Italy to another country.
I do hope the virus spreading gets weak by May, for the sake of everyone in the world.

Denis
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Denis

Corona is not end of the world, nor is it the Bubonic Plague. At some point its going to peak. By that time in May it could at least be contained enough, there are indications it doesn’t like warm temperatures. There is always a back-up plan for these events, always. That is why I don’t think EBU would cancel a very expensive event, especially when countries has gone through similar costly events just to find songs. It is already to advanced in planning stadium to be cancelled. Similarly re-schedule it would be risk too because you don’t know if the… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

two down votes?
Wow, for saying ESC will not be cancelled..

Jonas
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Jonas

It’s not going to be the EBU who decide. They are in the television business, not public health. They will carry on until they are told not to.

Denis
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Denis

Yes but surely they have back up plan. These events always have those.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

no, what do we even care about z-lister artists on this line up anyway

Erik
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Erik

What source do you have of the indications that the virus does not like warm temperatures?

Una
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Una

This is a good question. I never read anything official about the virus not surviving in warm temperatures. That reasoning must be because of the “similarities” with the flu virus.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

it isn’t similar to flu virus

Denis
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Denis

Actually it’s more related to the common cold than the flu. It’s two different viruses.

Burp
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Burp

WHO and CDC

Jimmy Smit
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Jimmy Smit

Despite the comments below, I really appreciate how positive the organisers are being both to keep planning with the full expectation of hosting a complete Eurovision experience and that they want it to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. It’s appreciated. I hope the Contest is able to go ahead with a live audience. Let the fans decide to come. Let them be screened if need be. I really want to hear the cheers of the crowd for all the acts, the buzz for acts like The Roop, Destiny and the Mamas, and so the winner can feel… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

What would you suggest happens with songs already chosen then? I mean countries went through processes just to find songs..

Denis
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Denis

Italy is special because that is where the virus was resting. However what is important is that ESC is months away. By that time in May the virus might be contained enough to be safe to go. The virus is high peak now which is why safety measures are taken now. But most are temporary with hope of getting better.

vox
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vox

the revamp of France has leaked and they added french lyrics but they kept the you are you are’s. Its even more annoying now. Good luck not coming last.

James
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James

I’ve heard a portion of the “revamp” with the Francophied chorus weeks ago on Twitter. It’s nice to finally hearing it in full. It’s tolerable now without the random insertions of those repetitive English lyrics minus the last 30 or so seconds.

Eurovision, is it love or hatred?
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Eurovision, is it love or hatred?

Eurofans and their “last place” are annoying, firstly it’s not the revamp it’s just the french version for the french radios, secondly the video on youtube where is written revamp it’s a fake, a revamp is an instrumental change not a simple lyrics change, to finish just for information will we have this useless and insane hatred towards France until May just to know?

Bimbamboum
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Bimbamboum

Where did you see that?

Eurovision, is it love or hatred?
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Eurovision, is it love or hatred?

The account where is published the video on youtube is far from being an official.
The title of the song remains “The best in me” on eurovision.tv.
Weirdly I have already heard this version which is exactly the same as the original except for the lyrics (so no revamp) during my shopping on my supermarket’s radio two days ago (French Radio version).
Then this version is not a revamp and maybe there won’t be some revamp at all and they will send the original version.

Bimbamboum
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Bimbamboum

Seriously? There are radios who play the song? Which one?

Eurovision, is it love or hatred?
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Eurovision, is it love or hatred?

I think I can’t make advertising here but it was on intermar…. ‘s radio.

Relax
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Relax

Jesus people calm the f*ck down
Everyone is pretending that Corona will be the end of the world and esc will be cancelled meanwhile NO ONE has said this will happen… SO CALM DOWN

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

Why are there so many comments about the corona virus? The Eurovision Song Contest will be held between the 12th-16th of May..not in the next few weeks! Of course all the organizers are still involved in planning the show. That also means that we are still getting new details about the show and everything around. The last comments from the EBU were, that they still try to host the show the same way as every year. I dont think that it will postpone the show to summer or autumn as many singers and bands will have different plans at that… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

By that time in May though, the virus could at least be contained. There are indications it doesn’t like warm weather so maybe in April it will start to diminish?

Erik
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Erik

Indications that the virus do not like warm weather?

254 more infected in Qatar the latest week, 143 more infected in Bahrain the latest week, 99 more infected in Malaysia the latest week.

I’d love to see a source of your statement about warm temperatures.

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

I know what you mean. But you have to keep one thing in mind: The EBU, NOS, Avotros as well the the City of Rotterdam are planning this show for almost one year. They are getting financial support bei different companies, the community as well as the fans that are paying hundreds of euros for a ticket. Making a decision on cancelling the show now is way to early. At the same time there are 41 countries that have put lots of money and effort in their act. They still try to plan everything as usual but i am sure… Read more »

Nicky91
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Nicky91

you can go live under a rock, or you can face facts and the truth

truth is coronavirus is trending topic now and for the next 2 years

Rdd
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Rdd

Maybe finally a show without annoying flags. There’s a a good side of this medal

Darren
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Darren

Ireland got its first coronavirus death today, with 33+ people infected, a pandemic sweeping across Europe with Italy under lockdown and travel advisories on parts of Spain. It’s worrying times and I know us Europeans have face many hardships together, and this is just another one of those difficult times where we must come together.
Hopefully the coronavirus is gone or diminished by May and we can all unite together in music and cultural diversity once more

Polliu
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Polliu

And those people who attacked me for saying how horrible Coronavirus could be got a slap in the face. Just look at the drastic change in numbers of people who got the disease in Europe. You better pray the virus will die down in summer or we’re gonna face a year without Eurovision.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Eurovision is the least of my concern at this point. I’m a university student and today they just announced that all classes will be switching to an 100% online format.

At this stage it feels like a massive overreaction since only 3 people in my state are sick (i live in the US), but…jesus christ does this suck. I’m supposed to graduate in the spring and it’s looking as though there won’t be a graduation ceremony either.

Jimmy Smit
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Jimmy Smit

Sorry to hear your tuition is being affected, Poe. I would hope that the graduation ceremonies will simply be postponed rather than cancelled though. Either way, you should be able to defer your attendance to an appropriate graduation ceremony that is convenient for you. This is common practice for universities, but most students don’t realise it. I hope this helps.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

hi polliu, this is unrelated but I just wanted to apologise because I called you a homophobe in vasil’s article. the remark wasn’t meant for you, but someone else who has being incredibly rude, so I just want to apologise since I in no way think you are a homophobe. my sincere apologies.

Mirko
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Mirko

Sorry Europe, I don’t know what is going to happen, but Italy is facing hard Corona and – based on our latest government announce – starting from tomorrow all shops and commercials will be closed for 15 days.
The situation is really hard here. Please keep attention and stay healthy and at home as long as you can.

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

Imagine Italy had won in 2019…It would‘t be held in Italy in 2020…that for sure now!

Thorn
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Thorn

We stand next to Italy and we are getting prepared that the same thing will happen everywhere around Europe. Stay strong and safe! Our love from the UK.

Fionn
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Fionn

So many solutions to the coronavirus. People shouldn’t worry. There could be a show without an audience or maybe each country could broadcast a live performance at a scheduled time or they could postpone it to the autumn. Basically there’s no way the eurovision would be cancelled so everyone stop freaking out!

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

You can‘t postpone such a show. Many of the artists will be playing concerts at that time or they will simply have other plans.

Nudiecrudi
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Nudiecrudi

Wiwiblogg should stop writing such news.
Be sure 100% that no red carpet no parties no pressroom no postcards no audience and maybe no ESC this year

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

Do you actually think the EU will easily cancel a show where so many people, producers, musicians etc. are involved. There is a high financial burden on the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the production company, the technical staff… They still have to plan everything as usual. And who knows..maybe the situation will be different in May. They will have a plan C in case it is actually impossible by then. But i am actually sure about one thing: If Italy had won last year in Tel Aviv they would have moved the show from Italy away by know…maybe to… Read more »

No One
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No One

NAIVE. Just wait until UEFA cancel/postpone euro2020 and then see what happens to eurovision. Have you seen how many people were in Anfield stadium today? We’ll talk about that in 15 days.

Lilli Eurofan
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Lilli Eurofan

I am Not naive. I just try to be more realistic. Do you actually think all These organisations will cancel events and shows that bring them millions or billions of Euros??? Its easy to cancel a football game or concert within a few weeks. Cancelling the Olympics, UEFA or Eurovision is on another level. Especially of you know that it will be held in a few months time.

Nudiecrudi
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Nudiecrudi

Two of the most famous tennis tournaments closed, Indian Wells and Miami. Hundreds of million dollars gone.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

agree

Jago
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Jago

Just let Eurovision happen as a TV-show without audience and in a few months (summer/autumn) just make live-shows so people can watch the acts live. Good and safe solution.
It is ridiculous that Eurovision/EBU keeps posting these annoucements totally ignoring the fact that Europe is facing Corona Pandemic!

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

Can people please stop talking like we are all going to die. Many have had a cold and then its over and they are fine. 1 have died in Sweden only and that peron was really old and sick before. It will blow over like all the other stuff.

KESC
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KESC

It’s not about dying. Of course, there are also many other diseases and we don’t know when and for what reason we will all die. The real problem is how the situation escalated so quickly. Unfortunately, a lot of European countries did not act very quickly and a lot of people did and still don’t take this virus seriously.
Look, what is happening now. It has finally turned into a pandemic.

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

Not in Sweden.

algo
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algo

Europe and Eurovision is not just Sweden. It is 41 different countries.

KESC
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KESC

There are currently 500 cases in Sweden. Isn’t that enough for you?

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

are there? fake

Polliu
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Polliu

Delusional Swedish. Keep supporting your lousy government that acts so slowly toward the virus.

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

Fake.

Erik
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Erik

Our government act only from advice of our health ministry and they base their advices on science. I know some governments are able to act freely and irrational, but I prefer it like we have it. It is the health ministry that analyses the situation. But I don’t agree with Linus that the pandemic will “blow over”

vox
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vox

You are a total idiot. The schools in Greece have shut down for 2 weeks and we have 100 cases of corona virus. Italy is in lockdown because they didnt act quickly. Sweden will face a huge problem for not taking the necessary measure when it was needed.

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

fake

Solvay
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Solvay

I don’t think that Italy didn’t act quickly. Italy was the first european country (and maybe the only one) that suspended all direct flights from/to China, at the end of January. Scientists said that the patient zero was probably a German who arrived in Italy, in the province of Lodi (Lombardy) at the end of January. And the first european hotbed was Munich. Italy reported its first coronavirus case on February 21. Remember that Italy has the oldest population in Europe (and the second-oldest in the world after Japan). The elderly with previous pathologies are notoriously numerous there. I think… Read more »

aroncido
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aroncido

It feels like a joke until it’s your grandma or grandpa that’s dying.

Milan
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Milan

Why grandma or grandpa?

aroncido
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aroncido

Elderly people are far more likely to be seriously ill or die. While the overall mortality is in the low single digits overall, it can be as high as 15% for people over 80.

pooky1001
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pooky1001

Wow, linusescfan, you think this is just gonna blow over. Over 4500 people have died, hundreds of thousands are infected, countries are on lock down, hundreds of flights are cancelled and the affect on the economy is going to be horrendous, this virus is not going to be slowing down anytime some, infact its going to get much worse before it even starts to slow down.. I highly doubt this will just blow over anytime soon.

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

i actually do

Denis
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Denis

At some point it will blow over. It’s not forever. Every virus started the same. Each country takes different measures because each country has different situations. What Sweden does is relevant for Sweden because Sweden is still relatively spared from the virus. 500 cases, all of them imported, one death. Some countries aren’t that lucky. I rather have a government that takes advice from people working every day to make our country safe rather than a government who takes advice from “opinionated people” online.

xelx
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xelx

The problem is that the virus spreads fast and a lot “old people” may need ICU assistance, making the medical system collapse. If they don’t contain the spread, young healthy people who may need ICU assistance for other reasons (f.e. accidents), may find themselves without the proper care they would normally get.

KESC
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KESC

It’s so sad to see how a virus from China is impacting all events around the globe.
I truly feel sorry for the Netherlands and all the artists who are competing this year.
Eurovision will still most likely take place, but I’m highly convinced that there won’t be any audience, which will destroy the real purpose of such an event.

I really hope that the situation improves as soon as possible, however, things don’t look good for now.. 🙁

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

We are lost, lost in the stale quarantine
We are lost like two white facemasks on the street
We are lost ’cause sometimes we catch viruses inevitably
We are lost our Corona

Hello hi
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Hello hi

Yasssssss .. they should record this

Polegend Godgarina
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the evergreen classic lives on!

InEurovisionWeTrust
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InEurovisionWeTrust

Guys, i think Eurovision has to be moved to 2021 with countries like Israel and Italy already closing their borders. People are too paranoid and afraid right now… I think we will have to wait 1 year and hopefully this virus has completely died out. Eurovision without audience is like a human without it’s legs and hands. They have been there from the beginning and they should be there till the end…

I vote for #Rotterdam2021

Jonas
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Jonas

No, the audience is not crucial. It’s a television event for home viewers. I would much rather the show go ahead in a different format than be cancelled altogether.

Thanos
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Thanos

Agree with Jonas. It’s completely viable I believe for the show to be held without audience. Also Italy’s prime Minister Conte announced today the temporary closure of everything apart from supermarkets or pharmacies in Italy, which we must hope that will solve to a certain extent the situation.

Salvadork08-09
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Salvadork08-09

Yet there would be zero atmosphere, zero excitement, zero cheers, emotions whatever. It would be the most akward atmosphere. I agree it might be the only option. But please let’s just pray and hope that this virus is gone in may. We still have the entire month of April ahead of us guys. They can still find a cure if they work really, really hard.

Thanos
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Thanos

Yeah of cource we would all prefer if there is also an audience there. And I really hope that Eurovision will take place otherwise I will be devastated. But being realistic, we must above all care about the solution of the crisis which has caused a great deal of human suffering and must be taken seriously!!!

Cameron
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Cameron

Who cares about the atmosphere when this method would be able to contain the spread

Dalth
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Dalth

They could always go old school and hold it in a more traditional theatre. San Remo vibe I think it would still work. There is something about a singer coming out onto a stage and just belting out a song without all the gimmicks. Especially in a fairly open year like this one it could lead to a very different result.

Denis
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Denis

Viruses never die out, it’s here to stay. However by next year there might be a vaccine that will minimize the risk. As for the show agree with Jonas. For EBU it is a live television event for home viewers, audience is not a crucial element. It is more viable for them to go on without audience and hope that next years event will have audience..
And the borders aren’t closed, you can still visit Israel. Also remember that closure is only temporarily to April 3, meaning that they hope it will solve the crises to some degree

David
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David

I have a bad feeling for Eurovision now 🙁

Mark
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Mark

I don’t think it’s gonna happen… but I hope it will!

Matthew ESC
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Matthew ESC

The all aboard slogan would’ve fit so well

Erik
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Erik

Except they say open up this year

Adam
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Adam

The red carpet is really going out of the window for Eurovision, isn’t it? Anyone want to place bets on the colour for next year?

West
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West

Maybe the next hosting country will shock us by choosing a red carpet that’s… red.

Erik
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Erik

Or a red carpet that is actually reversed. The surroundings is covered in carped, but the artists will walk on a naked strip of the floor. That would be something new

Tom
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Tom

Coronavirus: Am I a joke to you?