The Executive Producer of Eurovision 2020 Sietse Bakker and Creative Advisor Cornald Maas have revealed on Dutch talkshow M that fourteen broadcasters have stated their willingness to broadcast Europe Shine A Light on May 16.
After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO sought to find an alternative show that could unite a continent currently fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on every front. It was answering the call from so many to create an alternative show to honour this year’s entries. Previously Thomas Schreiber, the head of delegation for German broadcaster ARD, revealed that the EBU was working on such a show.
We learned more earlier this week when the EBU announced the broadcast of Europe Shine A Light. The organising broadcasters of Eurovision 2020 plan to show an excerpt of each of the 41 entries with a video message, while also trying to involve former Eurovision participants. The acts will also be encouraged to say something about the situation in their home country.
Bakker and Maas explained that this show is still being put together and that they are busy trying to get as many parties involved as possible.
Singing Italians led to Europe Shine A Light
Prior to the cancellation of Eurovision, Italians in lockdown sang their country’s Eurovision entry “Fai rumore” by Diodato from their balconies as a way of supporting each other during these isolating times.
Maas said that he saw the video and it struck a chord inside him:
“At that time, I was already at home, working on my documentary and I was already feeling nervous about the possibility of cancellation. This made me emotional because it shows the power of social media. At the same time I was also thinking. Sietse and I had already been contacted about this, how beautiful it would be… Eurovision was founded in 1956 with the idea of uniting post-war Europe through music. In corona times, every country is mostly busy with its own policies, with its own battle, with its own worries, its own deaths… And especially through Eurovision, whether you are from Bulgaria, Croatia or the Netherlands, you might be able to create something through music, which can be a great alternative.”
"Het @songfestival is ooit opgericht in 1956 vanuit het idee in het naoorlogse Europa: landen verbinden met muziek", dat kunnen wij ook in #coronatijd dacht @cornaldm. #ditisM pic.twitter.com/7mp44MT1Ll
— KRO-NCRV talkshow (@KRONCRVtalkshow) April 1, 2020
Although Eurovision 2020 was supposed to be held in Rotterdam, Europe Shine A Light will primarily be coordinated in Hilversum, where the broadcasters are all based. However, the show will still be hosted by Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit, with Nikkie de Jager featuring as the online host.
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