Earlier this week, when the European Broadcasting Union confirmed the sad news that Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, it left one question — what would happen to all the songs intended for the show? Now the EBU has confirmed — the 2020 songs can NOT be held over until the next edition of the song contest.
The EBU announced the decision today on its social media accounts and website.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 20, 2020
The EBU also confirmed that it was “exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times.”
They explained, “It is our intention with this programming, and on our online platforms in the coming months, to honour the songs and artists which have been chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.”
This news follows an earlier claim from German television executive Thomas Schreiber that there could be a “Europe-wide offer from the EBU for all 41 countries that would have taken part in the ESC this year.”
Eurovision 2020 songs cannot be reused in 2021
And it’s this potential show that has led to the decision not to allow the 2020 songs to be held over for the next edition.
The Eurovision Reference Group decided that “in accordance with the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.”
This news will be disappointing to some broadcasters and artists who had hoped to carry over their 2020 entries for the next edition.
Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2020 singer VICTORIA had earlier written on Instagram, “we, the 2020 #Eurovision artists, should be allowed to perform our songs in 2021.” Following today’s news, VICTORIA quoted from the song, writing “In time my wound will be a scar”.
in time my wound will be a scar ?https://t.co/kGBMuT4dg5
— VICTORIA (@victoriageorge_) March 20, 2020
The EBU also clarified that participating broadcasters were free to send whoever they liked to the 2021 edition of Eurovision — either the 2020 artist or a newly selected one.
Some broadcasters have already confirmed that they will invite their Eurovision 2020 artist to again represent the country at Eurovision 2021, while others have confirmed that they will hold their usual national final for 2021.
What do you think? Should broadcasters be allowed to use their 2020 songs next year? What sort of Eurovision show would you like to see this year? Tell us your thoughts below!