The series of promotional events and concerts in the run-up to Eurovision are a major part of what makes it such a special event. But amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, artists are being forced to reassess their plans.
Bulgaria’s VICTORIA is the latest artist to announce that she won’t be traveling through Europe this spring. She’s based her decision on the need to protect public health and the wellbeing of those around her.
Here’s what she posted on Twitter.
With heavy heart I have to confirm that I will not be doing any of the stops of my promo tour for #Eurovision 2020 in London, Madrid and Amsterdam in March and April. ? In times like these we need to be responsible for our health and the people around us and to be disciplined…
— VICTORIA (@victoriageorge_) March 15, 2020
In the same thread she ads:
“My team and I will use the time till I arrive in Rotterdam to prepare and focus on our vocal and staging rehearsals for the contest. #Eurovision is giving people hope since 1956 and the event is the highlight of the year for many people around the world. I can’t wait to perform Tears Getting Sober on the #Eurivision stage in Rotterdam in May and to sing in London, Madrid and Amsterdam the first opportunity I have. #StayHome #StaySafe”
Eurovision 2020: Coronavirus impacting major events
VICTORIA is not alone in making this difficult but responsible decision.
As more countries introduce guidelines to help contain the coronavirus, Lithuania’s Eurovision 2020 act The Roop confirmed they would not travel to The Netherlands for the planned postcard shoot. The band also pulled out of the London and Amsterdam pre-parties.
The decision followed advice from the Lithuanian government, who advised its citizens to avoid any unnecessary travel outside the country.
This means The Roop won’t be travelling to The Netherlands to film their postcard for Eurovision 2020. It also means they won’t be heading to London for the London Eurovision Party or to The Netherlands for Eurovision in Concert. Neither of these events have been cancelled yet.
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//EN// Today we had to fly to The Netherlands for filming. But health first. Here is a picture from outfit fitting. We hope to use these crazy clothing combinations soon ? . //LT// Šiandien mes tur?jome išskristi ? Nyderlandus filmuotis. Bet pirmiau – sveikata. Nuotrauka iš r?b? primatavimo. Tikim?s, kad greitu metu dar panaudosim šiuos crazy derinius ? . Stylist @glorijagz #theroop #theroopisonfire #onfire #eurovision #eurovision2020 #eurovizija #style
The Roop frontman Vaidotas Valiukevičius explained the band’s decision, saying: “We don’t want to risk our own, nor the public’s health. We are complying with the recommendations of the government to avoid trips abroad. We believe that precaution is the main measure which will allow us to come back to our casual living quicker.”
Earlier on Friday, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed that plans for Eurovision 2020 are continuing. In a statement, the organisation said that it is too early to make any final decisions regarding the contest. Shortly afterwards, the organisers of the Eurovision PrePartyES 2020 announced that they were cancelling their event, which was set for April 10 and 11. Then officials from Israel Calling announced that they were also cancelling their event. They had been organising it privately for months and were poised to reveal all of the details publicly when the coronavirus pandemic struck Israel.
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