Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Europe’s broadcasters now have three big slots to fill: the evenings of May 12, 14 and 16, which would have been the semi-finals and grand final of the song contest. So what will host country The Netherlands do?
Well look no further than the official tariff card — which shows how much advertising costs at a specific time and during a specific programme. The provisional NPO broadcasting schedule shows that Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS will fill its Eurovision slots with its own programming, except from the Saturday grand final slot.
For the most part, AVROTROS seems to have decided to stick with their normal broadcasting schedule as if Eurovision were not to take place. But there are a few exceptions. It will start its Eurovision programming on Sunday 9 May with the broadcast of Eurovision 1975, which was the last contest the Netherlands won before 2019.
In het programmaschema van NPO1 zien we in mei:
* Za 9/5 NPO1, 14.03u ‘Eurovisie Songfestival 1975’
* Di 12/5 NPO1, 21.30u Docu van Cornald Maas ‘Op weg naar de winst’
* Za 16/5, 19.00: ‘M Songfestival’
* Za 16/5, 20.28u; ‘Beste zangers – songfestival’ (Bron: Ster) #songfestival
— Songfestivalweblog (@songfestivalNL) March 25, 2020
AVROTROS Eurovision week programming
Tuesday 12 May: De weg naar de winst (21:30-23:30 CEST)
Eurovision commentator and Eurovision 2020 Creative Advisor Cornald Maas wrote and shot a documentary about the Netherlands’ road to success at Eurovision. De weg naar de winst (The Road to Victory) explores why it took the country over forty years to win the song contest again. The documentary was originally scheduled for a different date and time, but has now been given a prime time slot.
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) November 11, 2019
Thursday 14 May: Normal AVROTROS programming
On the night of what would have been the second Eurovision semi-final, fans of the contest will not be able to see shows related to Eurovision. Instead, AVROTROS will broadcast its typical Thursday programmes, including DNA Onbekend and Nick, Simon & Kees: Homeward Bound.
Saturday 16 May: De Beste Zangers Eurovision special (20:30-21:30 CEST)
From 20:30 until 21:30 local time, AVROTROS will broadcast its own programming. They plan to re-broadcast their 2019 Eurovision special of De Beste Zangers — the popular show where Dutch singers perform other people’s songs. You’ll see Glennis Grace cover Loreen’s “Euphoria” and Jan Smit and OG3NE will tackle ABBA’s “Waterloo.”
After this broadcast, the remaining time will be filled by the BNNVARA comedy programme Even Tot Hier.
Elsewhere in Europe
While Germany’s broadcaster ARD hinted at the EBU preparing special broadcasts to take place when Eurovision should have happened, several European broadcasters have decided to come up with their own programming.
The BBC has revealed that it will air a special show honouring both Eurovision classics as well as this year’s entries.
What do you make of AVROTROS broadcasting plans? Are you excited to see Cornald Maas’ documentary De weg naar de winst? Let us know in the comments below!
Read all Netherlands Eurovision news here.
Picture credits: AVROTROS/BNNVARA