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.

 Eurovision 2020: Replacement Shows

All times are in CEST unless otherwise stated.

Sunday 10 May

🇦🇺 12:30: SBS Viceland — Road To Eurovision 2020 (20:30 local time AEST)

🌍14:00: wiwibloggs — American woman reacts to all 41 songs

🇮🇸 14:47: RÚV — Eurovision 2015 in Vienna (12:47 local time)

🇫🇮 17:52: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (18:52 local time)

🌍 20:00: wiwibloggs — Our Eurovision 2020 Scoreboard

🇨🇾 20:15: RIK 1 — Eurovision 2020 Videos Loukas Hamatsos (21:15 local time)

🇮🇹 23:30: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2016

Monday 11 May

Read detailed programme descriptions for Monday.

🇬🇧 07:00: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat –Eurovision 2020 The Cancelled Coronavirus Year (06:00 local time) – available on demand

🇦🇺 05:30 SBS: Eurovision 2015 — Guy (13:30 local time AEST)

🇬🇧 10:30: BBC Radio 2 — Ken Bruce (09:30 local time) – Eurovision 2020 Compilation Album will be the Album of The Week

🇮🇸 12:50: RÚV — Eurovision 2009 in Moscow (10:50 local time)

🇫🇮 14:00: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (15:00 local time)

🇫🇮 18:24: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:24 local time)

🇮🇱 18:57: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapter 1. Dreamers (19:57 local time)

🇮🇪 22:35: RTÉ One — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (21:35 local time)

🇮🇹 22:50: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2017

🇬🇧 23:45: BBC One Northern Ireland — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (22:45 local time)

Tuesday 12 May

Read detailed programme descriptions for Tuesday.

🇦🇺 05:30: SBS: Eurovision 2016 — Dami (13:30 local time AEST)

🇫🇮 13:50 YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (14:50 local time)

🇮🇸 15:50: RÚV — Eurovision 1999 in Jerusalem (13:50 local time)

🇫🇮 18:52 YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:52 local time)

🇱🇹 20:30 LRT — Eurovision: Stories You Haven’t Heard (21:30 local time)

🇧🇬 21:00: BNT 1 — Eurovision 2007 grand final (22:00 local time)

🇲🇹 21:00: TVM — Eurovision Special Programme

🌍 21:00: YouTube — The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020

🇮🇸 21:40: RÚV — Eurovision Pre-party (19:40 local time)

Wednesday 13 May

🇦🇺 05:30: SBS — Eurovision 2017 — Isaiah (13:30 local time AEST)

🇫🇮 12:18: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (13:18 local time)

🇮🇸 16:40: RÚV — Eurovision 1998 in Birmingham (14:40 local time)

🇫🇮 18:50: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (19:50 local time)

🇮🇱 19:14: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapter 2. The Bubble (20:14 local time)

🌍 20:00: wiwibloggs — The Wiwi Jam At Home

🇮🇱 20:00: KAN Facebook and Kan Tarbut — Eurovision 2020: The True Results (21:00 local time)

🇧🇬 21:00: BNT 1 — Eurovision 2016 grand final (22:00 local time)

🇳🇴 21:45: NRK 1 — Adresse Europa

Thursday 14 May

🇦🇺 05:30: SBS — Eurovision 2018 — Jessica (13:30 local time AEST)

🇫🇮 14:05: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (15:05 local time)

🇮🇸 15:05: RÚV — The Icelandic Eurovision songs 1986-2020 (13:05 local time)

🇮🇸 16:45: RÚV — Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (14:45 local time)

🇫🇮 18:05: YLE TV2 — YLE Olohuone: Eurovision 2020 (19:05 local time)

🇫🇮 19:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2014 grand final (20:30 local time)

🇧🇬 20:00: BNT 1 — Junior Eurovision 2015 (21:00 local time)

🇳🇱 20:25: NPO — De Beste Zangers Eurovision special

🇱🇹 20:30 LRT — Eurovision Winners (21:30 local time)

🇧🇪 20:35 RTBF 1 — Les Belges au Top (Belgians At The Top)

🇸🇪 21:00: SVT 1 — Sveriges tolva (Sweden’s 12 Points)

🇲🇹 21:00: TVM — Eurovision Special Programme

🌍 21:00: YouTube — The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020

🇮🇸 21:40 RÚV — Alternative Eurovision: Our 12 Points (19:40 local time)

🇳🇱 21:40 NPO 1 –De weg naar de winst (The Road To Victory)

🇮🇹 23:55: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2018

Friday 15 May

🇮🇸 00:55: RÚV — Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (22:55 on Thursday local time)

🇦🇺 05:15: SBS — Eurovision 2019 — Kate (13:15 local time AEST)

🇮🇸 13:40 RÚV — Alternative Eurovision: Our 12 Points (11:40 local time)

🇺🇦 16:30: UA:PBC — What Europe Is Singing About (17:30 local time)

🇮🇸 16:40: RÚV — Eurovision 1987 in Brussels (16:40 local time)

🇫🇮 18:05: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisutoiveet (Eurovision Wishes) (19:05 local time)

🇳🇴 18:05 NRK 1 — Eurovision Song Contest: Norway Decides

🇪🇪: 19:00: ETV — 12 punkti! Eurovisiooni hitid (12 Points! Eurovision Hits) (20:00 local time)

🇫🇮 19:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2006 grand final (20:30 local time)

🇸🇲 20:00: SMRTV — Eurovision 2020: una serata in musica (Eurovision 2020: An Evening In Music)

🇺🇦 20:45: UA:PBC — Eurovision Of Eurovisions (21:45 local time)

🇧🇬 21:00: BNT One — Eurovision 2017 grand final (22:00 local time)

🇮🇸 21:40 RÚV — Euro-Daði (19:40 local time)

🇬🇧 22:30: BBC Four — Eurovision At 60 (21:30 local time)

🇮🇹 23:35: RAI Premium — Eurovision 2019

Saturday 16 May

🇬🇧 00:00: BBC Four — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (23:00 on Friday local time)

🇮🇪 00:15: RTÉ One — Dana: The Original Derry Girl (23:15 on Friday local time)

🇮🇸 01:50: RÚV — Eurovision 1987 in Brussels (23:50 on Friday local time)

🇬🇧 04:00: BBC Radio 2 — From ABBA to Azerbaijan (03:00 local time)

🇬🇧 11:00: BBC Radio 2 — Graham Norton (10:00 local time)

🇦🇺 11:30: SBS — Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! (19:30 local time AEST)

🇧🇪 13:00: Radio 2 — De Songfestival top 40

🇮🇱 13:05: KAN — Dare To Dream – Chapters 1 and 2 (14:05 local time)

🇦🇺 14:30: SBS — Eurovision Top 40 Controversies (22:30 local time AEST)

🇳🇱 16:00: NPO — De Beste Zangers Eurovision special

🇫🇮 16:05: YLE TV2 — Eurovision Diaries (17:05 local time)

🇦🇺 16:30: SBS — Secrets Of Eurovision (00:30 Sunday local time AEST)

🇮🇸 16:55 RÚV — Eurovision 1986 in Bergen (14:55 local time)

🇫🇮 17:05: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisustudio (Eurovision Studio) (18:05 local time)

🇫🇮 17:30: YLE TV2 — Eurovision 2007 grand final (18:30 local time)

🇮🇱 18:15: KAN — Dare To Dream – The Last Chapter (19:15 local time)

🇬🇧 18:40: BBC One — Pointless Celebrities: Eurovision Special (17:40 local time)

🇬🇧 19:30: BBC One — Eurovision Come Together (18:30 local time)

🇳🇴 19:40: NRK 1 — Beat For Beat MGP Special

🇮🇪 19:55: RTÉ One — Marty’s Magical Eurovision Moments (18:55 local time)

🇸🇮 20:00: TV SLO 1 — Pesem Evrovizije: Najboljših 25 (Eurovision Song Contest: Top 25)

🇱🇹 20:00: LRT — EuROOPvision (21:00 local time)

🇸🇪 20:00: Sveriges Radio — P4 Music Eurovision

🇳🇱 20:25: NPO — Het beste van het songfestival (The Best of Eurovision)

🇨🇾 20:10: RIK 1 — Eurovision Introduction with Loukas Hamatsos (21:10 local time)

🇨🇭 20:10: SRF, RTS and RSI — Die Schweiz am ESC – Dramen, Siege, Emotionen (Switzerland and the Eurovision Song Contest – dramas, victories, emotions)

🇦🇹 20:15: ORF 1 — Österreich 12 Punkte – die Song Contest Erfolgsgeschichte (Austria 12 Points – The Song Contest Success Story)

🇩🇪 20:15: ARD — German Eurovision Finale

🇩🇪 20:15: PROSIEBEN — Free European Song Contest 2020

🇱🇻 20:20: LTV1 — Eurovision 2020. In the studio Samanta Tīna (21:20 local time)

🇫🇮 20:42: YLE TV2 — Yle Olohuone: Euroviisustudio (Eurovision Studio) (21:42 local time)

🌍 21:00: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (46 national broadcasters and YouTube)

🇬🇧 22:00: BBC Radio 2 — Graham Norton, Douze Points (21:00 local time)

🇬🇧 23:00: BBC Radio 2 — Eurovision Kings and Queens of Pop (22:00 local time)

🇬🇧 23:00: BBC Two — The A-Z of Eurovision (22:00 local time)

🇫🇷 23:10: France 2 — La grande histoire de l’Eurovision (The Great Story Of Eurovision)

🇮🇸 23:10: RÚV — Eurovision-ball (21:10 local time)

🇮🇹 23:35: RAI 1– Techetechetè – Notes of Europe

Sunday 17 May

🇬🇧 00:00 BBC Two — TOTP2 Goes Eurovision (23:00 on Saturday local time)

🇮🇸 01:10 RÚV — Eurovision 1986 (23:10 on Saturday local time)

🇬🇧 03:00: BBC Radio 2 — Ken Bruce’s Ultimate Eurovision Chart (02:00 local time)

🇦🇺 12:30: SBS — Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (20:30 local time)

🇮🇸 14:35: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light (12:35 local time)

🇮🇸 16:45: Eurovision Party (14:45 local time)

🇬🇧 18:00: Let’s Abba Party (17:00 local time)

🌍 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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Typically Britain : we are an island, and we don’t want anything to do with Eurovision . (I.e. their latest entry.)

Can’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, It’s a puzzle to me.)

I’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 don’t think hey will succeed.

Pernilla
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Pernilla

Eurovision Come Together is 1825, not 1830 local time

FanESC
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FanESC

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

Eurana
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Eurana

All from Eurovision in Youtube. I’ll try to watch Eurovision 2017 in Bulgaria TV because on Youtube is geoblocked.

Erik
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Erik

Maybe if EBU had told us they would broadcast a eurovision this year but not as a contest, there wouldn’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 don’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.

Miss Dagognat
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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
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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. 😀

ThomasC
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ThomasC

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

Robyn Gallagher
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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. 🙂

Giolo
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Giolo

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
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Pernilla

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 Norén and Björn Kjellman at 20.00cet

Koen
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Koen

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’ één, 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 🙂

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Sarp Euro Fan

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
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Denis

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

Fatima
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Fatima

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
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Denis

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
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Sarp Euro Fan

Are the 25 finalists already known for this show?

Denis
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Denis

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

Erik
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Erik

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
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Mufasa

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

Lew
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Lew

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

Malta Calling ;)
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Malta Calling ;)

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 »

PuppetOnAString
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De Beste Zangers special is on Thursday at 20:25

James
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James

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

Ieva
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Ieva

20:30 LRT — Eurovision Winners (21:30 local time) is on Thursday, not Wednesday 🙂

Paul
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Paul

It’s great all of this is happening but the sadness is starting to kick in now

yodenman
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yodenman

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
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esc2021rotterdam

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