In the aftermath of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, song contest organisers rushed to develop an alternative Eurovision broadcast. The result is Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, which will air on May 16 at 21:00 CEST — the original time slot of the grand final.
The EBU and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS revealed that European broadcasters — and Australia’s — are rather excited at the prospect. A total of 46 broadcasters will air the show. That’s the 41 participating broadcasters of Eurovision 2020, plus five additional broadcasters who weren’t fielding contestants.
Eurovision 2020 replacement show
Now Eurovision organisers have revealed what the Eurovision 2020 replacement will look like. All 41 artists will send a personal message to everyone in Europe and a clip of the song with which they were supposed to participate in Eurovision 2020. But that’s not all. The artists will also perform “Love Shine A Light” by Katrina and The Waves, the winner of Eurovision 1997. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra — which consists of 90+ musicians — will also perform a special orchestral version of the song.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 6, 2020
Performances by Eurovision stars
Reigning champion Duncan Laurence can’t miss out on this party. The winner of Eurovision 2019 will perform his new song Someone Else for the first time live during Europe Shine A Light. Michael Schulte (Germany, 2018) will perform “Ein Bisshen Frieden” together with Ilse DeLange (The Netherlands, 2014). Israel’s 1979 Eurovision winner Gali Atari will sing her song “Hallelujah” along with a special Junior Eurovision Song Contest choir.
Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw will sing his winning Eurovision 2015 song “Heroes”. Marija Šerifović performs her song “Molitva” with which she won for Serbia in 2007 and Israel’s Netta will perform an acoustic version of a new song.
Johnny Logan will perform “What’s Another Year”, his winning Eurovision 1980 song. But he won’t perform this song all by himself — he’ll be joined by Eurovision fans from all over the world to create a massive choir.
Europe Shine A Light
The show will be hosted from a studio without an audience by Eurovision 2020 hosts Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. YouTube star NikkieTutorials will keep us updated in an online platform. The show will be presented in the English language.
46 broadcasters from all over Europe will air Europe Shine A Light on the 16th of May at 21:00 CET. The show will also be live-streamed by the official YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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