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 on Tuesday 12 May.
Given the sheer amount of content, we haven’t been able to provide links. But most broadcasters should have online players. Geo-blocks may apply
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.
All times are in CEST unless otherwise stated.
Eurovision 2020: Replacement Shows for Tuesday 12 May
Pick of the day: The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 — Semi-Final One
🌍 21:00: YouTube
While the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 won’t be taking place, fans will still have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of the Eurovision semi-finals. The Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 is an online event to honour the competing acts of Eurovision 2020. There will be two shows, one for each semi. Tonight’s edition is for semi-final one as today is the date it was supposed to take part.
The semi-final allocations were drawn back in January — and those allocations will be kept for the shows. As well, the songs will be played in the producer-decided running order that had been intended for the now-cancelled live Eurovision shows. While the EBU has not specified details of the song performances, it is thought that they will use existing national final performances or music videos, rather than new “at home” performances.
This event will be non-competitive and no vote will be held. The events are intended to “spotlight the songs” that would have been competing in the song contest this year. The show will also include “Fan Recaps”.
Best of the rest
Eurovision: Stories You Haven’t Heard
20:30 LRT — (21:30 local time)
This special will feature the most memorable Eurovision performances of the last decade, as well as exploring untold stories and curiosities that took place both on stage and behind the scenes. It will include conversations with past Lithuanaina performers, examining the phenomenon of “Eurovision”. Questions up for discussion include – How do you win Eurovision, what is the “Eurovision formula”? Why do songs that don’t match this formula at all sometimes triumph? What is the secret to the contest’s popularity? What impact does neighbour voting have on the competition?
Eurovision Special Programme
This will be a tribute to the singers and songs of Eurovision 2020. It will also feature some throwbacks to Malta’s finest and most memorable moments in the contest.
21:40: RÚV (19:40 local time)
During Easter RÚV started their annual panel show, “Alla leið”, which will be used as their jury vote in an alternative Eurovision show 2020. On May 2 a public vote was opened online where Icelanders can vote for their favourite, which will be used as an alternative televote. Tonight, the top 15 songs of the combined jury and televote will be played and the Icelandic public will be given the chance to vote for their favourite. In the end, we will have the song that would have, or might have, gotten the famous douze points from Iceland in the actual Eurovision 2020. The winner will be crowned on.
Tuesday 12 May — Full Guide
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)
Will you watch any of the shows tonight? Which one has caught your eye? Let us know in the comments.