It’s the show that’s aiming to bring Europe together and honour the 41 Eurovision 2020 acts in these uncertain times. And now, one week after Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light was first announced, organisers have revealed that the show will close with a special performance of “Love Shine A Light” — Katrina & The Waves’ Eurovision 1997 winning song for the UK.
“Love Shine A Light” for Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
The Eurovision team broke the news on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday 7 April. The announcement led with the song’s iconic line — “Let our love shine a light in every corner of the world!”.
The 41 Eurovision 2020 acts will jointly perform the past Eurovision hit, each from their own location. “Love Shine A Light” was chosen for its unifying lyrics that are appropriate for the current situation across the continent.
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
When Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, many had begun to wonder what would fill the slot in TV schedule. Many national broadcasters have already been planning ideas of what to show in each of the time slots.
Last week, the EBU and Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS revealed Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light. They hope all countries originally set to compete at Eurovision 2020 will broadcast this alternative show in order to honour the 41 entries submitted for the contest.
This new programme is set to air in place of the Eurovision 2020 grand final on Saturday 16 May at 21:00 CEST. It will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley (Eurovision 1998 and 2007) and Jan Smit, who were originally set to be the hosts of Eurovision 2020.
The EBU intends for the two-hour long show to honour the 41 selected songs for Eurovision 2020 in a non-competitive format.
It won’t just be the 2020 acts that make an appearance. Former Eurovision stars from recent contests will also be invited to take part and perform iconic Eurovision songs.
Dutch make-up artist and YouTuber NikkieTutorials will also create online content leading up to this alternate programme. The online media mogul was originally appointed to do this in the run-up to Eurovision 2020.
More details about Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light will be revealed in due course.