After the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was canceled, several broadcasters came up with replacement shows. There is, of course, the big official offering from the EBU — “Europe Shine A Light”. But there are also shows from the Swedish and German broadcasters and now Austria’s ORF. They’ve announced that they will air “Der Kleine Song Contest” (The Little Song Contest). It will run for three nights and will be hosted by Austria’s “Mr. Eurovision” — the radio host and Eurovision commentator Andi Knoll.
Der Kleine Song Contest – How does it work?
Der Kleine Song Contest will be broadcast on 14, 16 and 18 April on ORF 1 at 20:15 CET. The three shows will pay tribute to the Eurovision 2020 entries and artists. Andi Knoll will present the official music videos of the 41 competing 2020 ESC entries to the Austrian audience over the 3 nights.
The show will have (similarly to the Swedish broadcast) a competitive aspect too. A special jury consisting of 10 former Austrian Eurovision representatives will rate each song on a scale of 1 to 12 points (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12). They can award the same amount of points to different countries several times during the broadcast. Each night a winner will be determined by the jury, then on the last night, the Austrian public will be invited to choose the winner out of the three jury winners.
The Der Kleine Song Contest Jury:
- Waterloo (represented Austria in 1976 together with Robinson with “My Little World”)
- Simone (represented Austria in 1990 with “Keine Mauen Mehr”)
- Petra Frey (represented Austria in 1994 with “Für den Frieden der Welt”)
- Manuel Ortega (represented Austria in 2002 with “Say a Word”)
- Alf Poier (represented Austria in 2003 with “Weil der Mensch zählt”)
- Eric Papilaya (represented Austria in 2007 with “Get a Life – Get Alive”)
- Nadine Beiler (represented Austria in 2011 with “The Secret Is Love”)
- Conchita (won in 2014 with “Rise Like a Phoenix”)
- ZOE (represented Austria in 2016 with “Loin d’ici”)
- Cesár Sampson (represented Austria in 2018 with “Nobody but You”)
“After the EBU decided that this year’s Eurovision acts were allowed to compete next year, but only with new songs, it would be a shame if this year’s songs all end up forgotten in the history,” Andi Knoll said. “So we decided to bring a special contest in order not to cancel the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a unique mix of live and video versions. It will be very varied and finally you can vote for Austria!”
The schedule of DKSC:
- 14 April 2020– Show 1 (14 countries)
- 16 April 2020– Show 2 (14 countries)
- 18 April 2020– Show 3 ( 13 countries/ Audience voting)
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