On Thursday morning, it was announced with some fanfare that 46 broadcasters across Europe and Australia would show Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light on 16 May. And while it was assumed that all of the networks would air the programme on television, this does not appear to be the case for the United Kingdom.
According to reports, BBC intends to broadcast its previously announced Eurovision: Come Together special. The EBU organised Eurovision replacement programme will instead be shown on the BBC iPlayer — the broadcaster’s online streaming platform.
BBC to air Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light on iPlayer
TV journalist Scott Bryan broke the news on Twitter. Over a series of tweets, Bryan told his followers that the BBC had confirmed to him that the Graham Norton hosted Come Together show would go ahead as planned.
As a result, Europe Shine A Light will be relegated to the iPlayer. British viewers will also be able to watch on the Eurovision YouTube channel.
The BBC has yet to publicly confirm that this will be the case.
UPDATE: The BBC have said that their own show “Eurovision: Come Together” will be still be broadcast on the 16th May.
The special EBU broadcast “Shine a Light” will available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) April 16, 2020
Europe Shine A Light vs Come Together — What’s the difference?
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
The EBU and Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have organised Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light. It 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 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. It has already been revealed that the 2020 representatives will take on “Love Shine A Light” by Katrina and the Waves. Fans have been asked to submit their versions of Johnny Logan’s “What’s Another Year”.
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.
Eurovision: Come Together
This show is being put together by the British national broadcaster BBC. It will show, “what would have been in 2020.”
The new show will also air on May 16. It is set to feature “classic” Eurovision performances and showcase material from Eurovision 2020.
On both scores, the original press release is vague, but it does specify UK Eurovision 2020 act James Newman will feature.
Veteran broadcaster and Eurovision commentator Graham Norton will host proceedings. Eurovision: Come Together will also feature “interviews”, although whether that means from this year’s acts or other kinds has not been confirmed.