It is the news Eurofans have been dreading.
And now EBU has confirmed the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been cancelled for the first time in history.
As with other world events, the move is a response to the coronavirus pandemic and a measure to protect public health.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 18, 2020
Eurovision 2020 cancelled
The news had been anticipated for some time.
The decision comes after a meeting of the Reference Group also held on Tuesday. The group brings together each Head of Delegation and acts as the Contest’s executive committee.
Alternative options were considered. They included postponing the contest and hosting it without an audience. Regrettably with public health in mind, the contest cannot proceed this year.
In the statement, the EBU notes that they are will continue a conversation with Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVOTROS about hosting the contest in Rotterdam next year.
Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand also spoke out about the cancellation. In a video posted to the official Eurovision YouTube channel, Sand says that he is deeply disappointed by this decision.
He notes that the escalating spread of coronavirus and the restrictions put in place by the Dutch government mean that the live competition can no longer go ahead.
However, Jon Ola finished by saying: “The Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever”.
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