The BBC is the first Eurovision broadcaster to confirm a replacement for the cancelled contest.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the UK broadcaster confirmed a new show Eurovision: Come Together.
Details in the release are scant, but the BBC has confirmed it will show, “what would have been in 2020.”
Eurovision: Come Together to be hosted by Graham Norton
The new show will air on May 16, the same day planned for this year’s Grand Final.
It is set to feature “classic” Eurovision performances and showcase material from Eurovision 2020.
On both scores, the press release is vague, but it does specify UK Eurovision 2020 act James Newman will feature.
Veteran broadcaster and Eurovision commentator Graham Norton will host proceedings. Eurovision: Come Together will also feature “interviews”, although whether that means from this year’s acts or other kinds has not been confirmed.
The program is part of a major BBC entertainment push announced this morning. It is a response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UK entering lockdown yesterday. Major televised events including Eurovision, the Olympic Games in Tokyo and Glastonbury Festival have all been postponed or cancelled, leaving gaps in the broadcaster’s schedule.
Eurofans are no strangers to the phrase “come together”.
It was chosen as the slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Sweden by SVT. At the time, the slogan was interpreted as a call for unity in Europe in response to the migrant crisis.
The term takes on new prescience in light of this year’s cancellation and the ongoing pandemic.
The EBU confirmed it was exploring “alternative programming” to offer with broadcasters. The news from the BBC suggests they’ve passed up on the offer.
As the EBU mentioned use of “online platforms” as part of their alternative, UK Eurofans may still be able to access that offer.
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