Bit by bit, the alternative Eurovision 2020 viewing schedule is beginning to take shape as broadcasters reveal their plans to fill the gap left by the cancelled song contest. And Ireland’s RTÉ is the latest network to show its hand.
The station will air a special programme, entitled Marty’s Magic Eurovision Momements, hosted by the country’s long time commentator Marty Whelan. And he needs your help!
Marty’s Magic Eurovision Moments
In a video published on the official RTÉ One Facebook page, Marty appeals for fans to share their favourite moments from down through the years.
He lists off a few himself — Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980 and 1987), Dana (Ireland 1970), burning pianos (Austria 2015), Verka (Ukraine 2007), Finn Kalvik “getting nothing” (Norway 1981), Dustin (Ireland 2008), Poland “making butter” (2014)… “all of that”.
To take part, you simply send an email detailing your picks to [email protected].
“We want to include as many of yours as we can”, says Whelan. “I hope you’ll send in some of your memories, if you can remember them”.
But what are these moments being collected for?
RTÉ has told wiwibloggs that it will be airing a one-hour documentary. This will feature all of Marty’s own hand-picked moments from the entire history of Eurovision. The moments submitted by viewers will be considered for his shortlist.
The programme will be shown in May, but the broadcast date and time have yet to be confirmed.
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Posted by RTÉ One on Friday, April 17, 2020
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light on RTÉ
As previously revealed by the EBU, RTÉ is one of the broadcasters which will air Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light — the Eurovision 2020 replacement show. It is believed that this will be shown live on RTÉ One, the broadcaster’s flagship channel.
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.
What do you think of Ireland’s alternative schedule? Will you submit a moment? Let us know in the comments.