With much of Europe on lockdown as efforts continue to curb Covid-19, the EBU has announced some entertainment for those stuck at home. The Eurovision Home Concerts series will launch on 3 April. The series will feature Eurovision stars delivering mini-concerts from their homes.
The EBU describes the YouTube series as stemming from artists facing travel restrictions and tour cancellations in the face of Covid-19. They say that “a new forum to share the music we love is needed now more than ever.”
Each episode of Eurovision Home Concerts will feature several Eurovision artists, both from past years and from 2020. In every episode, the artists will each perform their Eurovision song as well as a cover of another Eurovision classic.
Fans will decide which song will be covered
The first confirmed artist is Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who represented Ireland at Eurovision 2018. He will, of course, perform his Eurovision entry “Together”, but it will be up to fans to decide the Eurovision song he’ll cover.
There are four options to choose from: Ireland’s 1994 winning song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”, the Netherlands’ 2014 runner-up “Calm After the Storm”, Lake Malawi’s recent hit “Friend of a Friend” and Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Think About Things”. The vote closes soon, so have your say over on Twitter!
Which ONE of his four choices do YOU want to hear him cover???
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 27, 2020
The first show of Eurovision Home Concerts will kick off on 3 April. The show will be available on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
PrePartyES goes online
Fans were disappointed when the Spanish Eurovision pre-party was cancelled PrePartyES was cancelled earlier this month. But the party will go on — this time in an online format.
The event organisers have confirmed that PrePartyES at Home! will take place on 11 April. The event is described as an “online concert tribute to Eurovision 2020 that appeals to global responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but organisers promise some Eurovision 2020 acts and stars from previous years. They’ll all be contributing via performances in their own homes.
Organisers say the event has three objectives: to pay tribute to the acts of Eurovision 2020, to give Eurovision fans on lockdown some company in the form of music, and to emphasise the importance of staying home to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The show will be broadcast on Saturday 11 April — the same date as the previously planned Spanish pre-party. The event will be streamed live on the Eurovision Spain YouTube channel.
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