Eurovision 2020 is cancelled. But the spirit of the contest lives on, especially tonight, in what would have been the grand final. 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 Saturday 16 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.
Pick of the day: Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
🌍 21:00: 46 national broadcasters and YouTube
This is the EBU-organised replacement show for Eurovision 2020. It is set to last for two hours and will be a celebration rather than a contest.
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.
Past stars will also take part. Reigning Eurovision champ Duncan Laurence will perform his new song “Someone Else”. 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. Other Eurovision winners to perform will include Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw, Serbia’s Marija Šerifović and Israel’s Netta. The latter will perform a new song. Ireland’s Johnny Logan will perform “What’s Another Year” with a virtual choir of Eurovision fans.
Proceedings will be helmed by the would-be 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.
Best of the rest
Eurovision 2020: Big Night In!
Big Night In! will be hosted by Australia’s Eurovision commentators and national final hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey. The show will feature an exclusive performance from Montaigne, who will deliver the performance of “Don’t Break Me” she had been due to give in Rotterdam. Australian fans will also have a chance to vote for their favourites from Eurovision 2020. Just like Australia did in the years before they started competing at Eurovision, SBS ran a poll earlier in May for down under fans to vote for their favourites. The results will be revealed throughout the Big Night In! show.
Pointless Celebrities: Eurovision Special
18:40: BBC One — (17:40 local time)
The popular teatime quiz show in which contestants are tested on their ability to find obscure answer to general knowledge questions will have a celebrity Eurovision special. The stars at the podiums will be Jay Aston (UK 1981), Mike Nolan (UK 1981), SuRie (UK 2018), Dana (Ireland 1970), Jade Ewen (UK 2009), John Lundvik (Sweden 2019), Niamh Kavanagh (Ireland 1993) and Mans Zelmerlow (Sweden 2015).
Eurovision Come Together
19:30: BBC One — (18:30 local time)
The BBC’s own celebration show will cram a lot into just one hour. It is set to celebrate the 2020 entries, have fan lip syncs of all-time classics from the likes of KEiiNO and Jedward and a vote on Britain’s favourite Eurovision song of all time. And in between all that there will also be an interview with the UK’s 2020 singer James Newman. Graham Norton will host.
German Eurovision Finale
As we already know, the official Eurovision alternative program from the EBU will not include a voting segment. That won’t be the case at the “German Eurovision final”. This alternative final on will show German viewers their top 10 picks from the semi-final one week earlier. It will also include live performances from some of these 10 Eurovision finalists AND Ben Dolic. Germany’s Eurovision 2020 act will perform his catchy song “Violent Thing” and give us a performance very close to the one he would have done in Rotterdam. It has been choreographed by Marty Kudelka, a high profile US-Czech-star choreographer. In the end one of the 10 finalists will be crowned the “German winner of Eurovision 2020”. The show will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger live from the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.
Saturday 16 May — Full Guide
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
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)