Alternative Eurovision Programmes

Eurovision 2020 is cancelled. But the spirit of the contest lives on, especially over the next seven days or so, in what would have been the week of the contest. Broadcasters all over Europe are organising their own alternative schedules and replacement shows.

And we’ve gone through the TV guides so you don’t have to! Listed below is all of the alternative Eurovision programming being broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. Given the sheer amount of content, we haven’t been able to provide links. But most broadcasters should have online players. Depending on where you’re trying to watch from, this may be geo-blocked.

These listings, while comprehensive, are not necessarily conclusive. If we are missing a show from your country, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the post.

Now, dive in and start planning your week’s viewing.

ย Eurovision 2020: Replacement Shows

All times are in CEST unless otherwise stated.

Sunday 10 May

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 12:30: SBS Viceland — Road To Eurovision 2020 (20:30 local time AEST)

๐ŸŒ14:00: wiwibloggs — American woman reacts to all 41 songs

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 14:47: RรšV — Eurovision 2015 in Vienna (12:47 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 17:52: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (18:52 local time)

๐ŸŒ 20:00: wiwibloggs — Our Eurovision 2020 Scoreboard

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ 20:15: RIK 1 — Eurovision 2020 Videosย Loukas Hamatsos (21:15 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 23:30: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2016

Monday 11 May

Read detailed programme descriptions for Monday.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 07:00: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat –Eurovision 2020 The Cancelled Coronavirus Year (06:00 local time) – available on demand

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 05:30 SBS: Eurovision 2015 — Guy (13:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 10:30: BBC Radio 2 — Ken Bruce (09:30 local time) – Eurovision 2020 Compilation Album will be the Album of The Week

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 12:50: RรšV — Eurovision 2009 in Moscow (10:50 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 14:00: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (15:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 18:24: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:24 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 18:57: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapter 1. Dreamers (19:57 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 22:35: RTร‰ One — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (21:35 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 22:50: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2017

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 23:45: BBC One Northern Ireland — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (22:45 local time)

Tuesday 12 May

Read detailed programme descriptions for Tuesday.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 05:30: SBS: Eurovision 2016 — Dami (13:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 13:50 YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (14:50 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 15:50: RรšV — Eurovision 1999 in Jerusalem (13:50 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 18:52 YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:52 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น 20:30 LRT — Eurovision: Stories You Haven’t Heard (21:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ 21:00: BNT 1 — Eurovision 2007 grand final (22:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น 21:00: TVM — Eurovision Special Programme

๐ŸŒ 21:00: YouTube — The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 21:40: RรšV — Eurovision Pre-party (19:40 local time)

Wednesday 13 May

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 05:30: SBS — Eurovision 2017 — Isaiah (13:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 12:18: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (13:18 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 16:40: RรšV — Eurovision 1998 in Birmingham (14:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 18:50: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:50 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 19:14: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapter 2. The Bubble (20:14 local time)

๐ŸŒ 20:00: wiwibloggs — The Wiwi Jam At Home

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 20:00: KAN Facebook and Kan Tarbut — Eurovision 2020: The True Results (21:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ 21:00: BNT 1 — Eurovision 2016 grand final (22:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 21:45: NRK 1 — Adresse Europa

Thursday 14 May

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 05:30: SBS — Eurovision 2018 — Jessica (13:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 14:05: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (15:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 15:05: RรšV — The Icelandic Eurovision songs 1986-2020 (13:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 16:45: RรšV — Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (14:45 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 18:05: YLE TV2 — YLE Olohuone: Eurovision 2020 (19:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 19:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2014 grand final (20:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ 20:00: BNT 1 — Junior Eurovision 2015 (21:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 20:25: NPO — De Beste Zangers Eurovision special

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น 20:30 LRT — Eurovision Winners (21:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช 20:35 RTBF 1 — Les Belges au Top (Belgians At The Top)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 21:00: SVT 1 — Sveriges tolva (Sweden’s 12 Points)

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น 21:00: TVM — Eurovision Special Programme

๐ŸŒ 21:00: YouTube — The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 21:40 RรšV — Alternative Eurovision: Our 12 Points (19:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 21:40 NPO 1 –De weg naar de winstย (The Road To Victory)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 23:55: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2018

Friday 15 May

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 00:55: RรšV — Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (22:55 on Thursday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 05:15: SBS — Eurovision 2019 — Kate (13:15 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 13:40 RรšV — Alternative Eurovision: Our 12 Points (11:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 16:30: UA:PBC — What Europe Is Singing About (17:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 16:40: RรšV — Eurovision 1987 in Brussels (16:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 18:05: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisutoiveet (Eurovision Wishes) (19:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 18:05 NRK 1 — Eurovision Song Contest: Norway Decides

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช: 19:00: ETV — 12 punkti! Eurovisiooni hitid (12 Points! Eurovision Hits) (20:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 19:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2006 grand final (20:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒย 20:00: SMRTV — Eurovision 2020: una serata in musica (Eurovision 2020: An Evening In Music)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 20:45: UA:PBC — Eurovision Of Eurovisions (21:45 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ 21:00: BNT One — Eurovision 2017 grand final (22:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 21:40 RรšV — Euro-Daรฐi (19:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 22:30: BBC Four — Eurovision At 60 (21:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 23:35: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2019

Saturday 16 May

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 00:00: BBC Four — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (23:00 on Friday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 00:15: RTร‰ One — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (23:15 on Friday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 01:50: RรšV — Eurovision 1987 in Brussels (23:50 on Friday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 04:00: BBC Radio 2 — From ABBA to Azerbaijan (03:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 11:00: BBC Radio 2 — Graham Norton (10:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 11:30: SBS — Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! (19:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช 13:00: Radio 2 — De Songfestival top 40

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 13:05: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapters 1 and 2 (14:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 14:30: SBS — Eurovision Top 40 Controversies (22:30 local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 16:00: NPO — De Beste Zangers Eurovision special

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 16:05: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (17:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 16:30: SBS — Secrets Of Eurovision (00:30 Sunday local time AEST)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 16:55 RรšV — Eurovision 1986 in Bergen (14:55 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 17:05: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisustudio (Eurovision Studio) (18:05 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 17:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2007 grand final (18:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 18:15: KAN — Dare To Dream – The Last Chapter (19:15 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 18:40: BBC One — Pointless Celebrities: Eurovision Special (17:40 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 19:30: BBC One — Eurovision Come Together (18:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 19:40: NRK 1 — Beat For Beat MGP Special

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 19:55: RTร‰ One — Marty’s Magical Eurovision Moments (18:55 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 20:00: TV SLO 1 —ย Pesem Evrovizije: Najboljลกih 25 (Eurovision Song Contest: Top 25)

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น 20:00: LRT — EuROOPvision (21:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 20:00: Sveriges Radio — P4 Music Eurovision

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 20:25: NPO — Het beste van het songfestival (The Best of Eurovision)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ 20:10: RIK 1 — Eurovision Introduction with Loukas Hamatsosย (21:10 local time)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 20:10: SRF, RTS and RSI — Die Schweiz am ESC – Dramen, Siege, Emotionen (Switzerland and the Eurovision Song Contest – dramas, victories, emotions)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 20:15: ORF 1 — ร–sterreich 12 Punkte – die Song Contest Erfolgsgeschichte (Austria 12 Points – The Song Contest Success Story)

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 20:15: ARD — German Eurovision Finale

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 20:15: PROSIEBEN — Free European Song Contest 2020

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป 20:20: LTV1 — Eurovision 2020. In the studio Samanta Tฤซna (21:20 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 20:42: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisustudio (Eurovision Studio) (21:42 local time)

๐ŸŒ 21:00: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (46 national broadcasters and YouTube)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 22:00: BBC Radio 2 — Graham Norton, Douze Points (21:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 23:00: BBC Radio 2 — Eurovision Kings and Queens of Pop (22:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 23:00: BBC Two — The A-Z of Eurovision (22:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 23:10: France 2 — La grande histoire de l’Eurovision (The Great Story Of Eurovision)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 23:10: RรšV — Eurovision-ball (21:10 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย 23:35: RAI 1– Techetechetรจ – Notes of Europe

Sunday 17 May

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 00:00 BBC Two — TOTP2 Goes Eurovision (23:00 on Saturday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 01:10 RรšV — Eurovision 1986 (23:10 on Saturday local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 03:00: BBC Radio 2 — Ken Bruceโ€™s Ultimate Eurovision Chart (02:00 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 12:30: SBS — Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (20:30 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 14:35: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (12:35 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ 16:45: Eurovision Party (14:45 local time)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 18:00: Letโ€™s Abba Party (17:00 local time)

๐ŸŒ 21:00: YouTube — #EurovisionAgain

What programmes will you watch? Which show are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.

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Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Typically Britain : we are an island, and we donโ€™t want anything to do with Eurovision . (I.e. their latest entry.)

Canโ€™t we move England and Wales to the US? Because the only trustworthy people are the Scottish and North-Irelanders. But time and time again they are overshadowed by English rules. (Why Wales accepts it, Itโ€™s a puzzle to me.)

Iโ€™d love to see Scotland and Northern Ireland take the place of Britain instead. And sure, England and Wales May also take a place. But I donโ€™t think hey will succeed.

Pernilla
Pernilla
1 year ago

Eurovision Come Together is 1825, not 1830 local time

FanESC
FanESC
1 year ago

France will also broadcast “Shine a Light” saturday at 21h05, before “The Great History of eurovision” at 23h10.

Eurana
Eurana
1 year ago

All from Eurovision in Youtube. Iโ€™ll try to watch Eurovision 2017 in Bulgaria TV because on Youtube is geoblocked.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago

Maybe if EBU had told us they would broadcast a eurovision this year but not as a contest, there wouldnโ€™t have too be so many different shows. If all brains had worked together every one of these events could have made one Official Alternative Eurovision.

I donโ€™t expect anything near the 200 million people when there are a lot of minor events going on.
I thought the foundation of Eurovision was unity.

I take what we get and I will watch it. I just wish the EBU had handled this much better in the first place.

missdagognat
missdagognat
1 year ago

Has anyone heard whether the Eurovision Song Celebration will be geoblocked or will American fans be left out as usual? Also, are they playing the full song or just clips?

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  missdagognat

I’ve just checked the allowed regions of the video for Part One and – good news! – it’s listed as unrestricted! I believe the artists will be giving home performances of the songs in their entirety. ๐Ÿ˜€

ThomasC
ThomasC
1 year ago

Why is there no topic at all about ‘Eurostream2020’? Just curious…

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  ThomasC

This page is dedicated to alternative Eurovision programming by television broadcasters. We’re not listing fan-run events – though there are a lot of good ones out there to take your pick from. ๐Ÿ™‚

Giolo
Giolo
1 year ago

Toninght in Italy “Best of Eurovision 2016” will be broadcasted on Rai Premium instead of the complete show. Maybe, it will be the same for the other shows.

Pernilla
Pernilla
1 year ago

Really good list, thank you!

I have two additions for Sat 16th
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light is on RTE Radio 1 also
Sveriges Radio have P4 Music Eurovision – A full evening with Carolina Norรฉn and Bjรถrn Kjellman at 20.00cet

Koen
Koen
1 year ago

Thanks! Now I can make a schedule for me and my friends what they can watch here in Belgium! Might have missed some of these otherwise.

What’s kind of annoying is – And I have this problem every year – is that I want to watch the Eurovision Shine A Light show (or the regular Eurovision show in normal years) with various commentary (Flanders’ รฉรฉn, Wallonia’s RTBF, the Netherlands’ NPO, UK’s BBC, France’s France 2, even Italy’s Rai although I don’t speak a word of Italian). But of course it’s all broadcasted at the same time. #Choices ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarp Euro Fan
Sarp Euro Fan
1 year ago

Do you know if SVT keeps the records of its shows to be seen later? Cause I don’t wanna miss the official celebration show on thursday, but I want to watch Sverige 12:a, too..

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Sarp Euro Fan

They usually can be watched retrospectively. Should be streamable to watch at least for a couple of days after.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

Thanks for the compilation. Weren’t Sweden/SVT doing something also? I am not sure if I’ll watch any. I’m tempted just to play all 41 songs on Saturday from 8PM, then decide the winner for myself .

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatima

Yes they are. Sveriges 12:a which is mentioned in the article. This Thursday led by Sarah Dawn Finer. It will be as close to a real ESC as possible: 25 acts shown in entirely, commentary booth, juries, tele voting, performance from the Mammas and interval acts:)

Sarp Euro Fan
Sarp Euro Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

Are the 25 finalists already known for this show?

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Sarp Euro Fan

No, the voting closes tonight. I think we will know who they are before Thursday.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

Running order in Sveriges tolva:
1. Azerbaijan
2. UK
3. Denmark
4. Estonia
5. Australia
6. Lithuania
7. The Netherlands
8. Spain
9. Poland
10. Germany
11. Belgium
12. Iceland
13. Norway
14. Ireland
15. France
16. Malta
17. Finland
18. Bulgaria
19. Georgia
20. Greece
21. Switzerland
22. Austria
23. Israel
24. Italy
25. Russia

(And The mamas perform live for Sweden, but that is out of contest)

Mufasa
Mufasa
1 year ago

What is with Stefan Raabs Free ESC Contest?? Saturday 20.15.

Lew
Lew
1 year ago

And People Say the BBC Don’t care about the contest ….

Malta Calling ;)
Malta Calling ;)
1 year ago

A taste of the Eurovision Song Contest: on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this coming week on TVM Although the musical spectacle destined to be staged in Holland has been shelved for this year it has been proposed to be held in Holland next year and Eurovision week can still be enjoyed on the national station. On Tuesday and Thursday, Television Malta is to broadcast a tribute to the singers and their songs that were due to compete during the semi-finals. The transmission will also contain nostalgia of the best Eurovision Song Contest moments for Malta in past years. On Saturday,… Read more »

Malta Calling ;)
Malta Calling ;)
1 year ago

You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for adding ::)

PuppetOnAString
1 year ago

De Beste Zangers special is on Thursday at 20:25

James
James
1 year ago

Yes, YLE is pimping us with Eurovision Diaries (technically for Finnish viewers but still haha).

Ieva
Ieva
1 year ago

20:30 LRT โ€” Eurovision Winners (21:30 local time) is on Thursday, not Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

Ieva
Ieva
1 year ago

No problem ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for all the hard work!

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Itโ€™s great all of this is happening but the sadness is starting to kick in now

yodenman
yodenman
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

So it’s not just me then. I know it’s controversial but I’ll be pleased when next Saturday has come and gone. I just want to want to get this horrible time out of the way and start to very slowly think about next year. To all of you negative people out there yes it will definitely go ahead. Maybe not with all the usual crowds but certainly in some competitive format.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
1 year ago
Reply to  yodenman

Actually is there is a vaccine until May 2021 so I’m sure that it will go ahead as usual in ahoy rotterdam with pre parties, eurovillage, red carpet and audience in the arena. Let’s cross fingers for it