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The Netherlands was due to host Eurovision for the fifth time, after Duncan Laurence gave his country their fifth victory, with his song “Arcade” in Tel Aviv.
Where was the contest being held and what countries would haved participated in Eurovision 2020? Here’s all the information you need!
Where was Eurovision 2020 going to be held?
Eurovision 2020 was going to be held in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands. The show would have been hosted at Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
Who were going to be the hosts of Eurovision 2020?
The show was due to be hosted by Dutch Eurovision commenter Jan Smit, presenter, actress and singer Chantal Janzen and former Eurovision star Edsilia Rombley.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2020?
The slogan of Eurovision 2020 was “Open Up”. The slogan celebrates human connections and cultural diversity. It also represents the theme of Eurovision 2020.
The logo is a circle shape which represents the colours of the flags of the 41 participating countries and the year of their debut appearance at Eurovision.
When was Eurovision 2020 going to be held?
The grand final of Eurovision 2020 was planned for May 16. The first semi-final would have been be held on May 12 and the second semi-final on May 14.
Which countries were going to do Eurovision 2020?
41 countries were officially confirmed for Eurovision 2020. Bulgaria and Ukraine were returning to the contest after one year’s absence, while Hungary and Montenegro were not competing in 2020.
All 41 acts and songs had been released.
🇦🇱Albania: Arilena Ara – “Fall from the Sky”
Arilena Ara would have represented Albania with the song “Fall from the Sky”. This is the Eurovision version of her Festivali i Këngës winning song “Shaj”, reworked with English lyrics.
🇦🇲 Armenia: Athena Manoukian – “Chains on You”
The Armenian-Greek singer Athena Manoukian would have represented Armenia in Rotterdam. After winning the national final Depi Evratesil, she would have performed her song “Chains On You”.
🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me”
Alt-pop performer Montaigne would have represented Australia in Rotterdam after she won the national final Eurovision: Australia Decides. Montaigne will sing “Don’t Break Me”.
🇦🇹 Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Alive”
🇦🇿Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Cleopatra”
Broadcaster İctimai Television internally selected the Azeri singer Samira Efendi. She would have performed the song “Cleopatra”.
🇧🇾Belarus: VAL – “Da vidna”
After winning the Belarus national final Natsionalniy Otbor, electronic duo VAL would have represented Belarus at Eurovision 2020. They were going to perform their Belarusian-language song “Da vidna”.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic – “Release Me”
Flemish broadcaster VRT internally selected the Belgian ambient pop group Hooverphonic. The trio would have performed their song “Release Me” in Rotterdam.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: VICTORIA – “Tears Getting Sober”
After withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT were going to be back for 2020. BNT internally selected the X Factor Bulgaria singer Victoria Georgieva (aka VICTORIA). She would have sung the song “Tears Getting Sober”.
🇭🇷 Croatia: Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre”
Croatia would have been represented by Damir Kedžo, the winner of national final Dora 2020. He would have sung “Divlji vjetre”
🇨🇾Cyprus: Sandro – “Running”
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Kemama”
Benny Cristo (aka Ben Cristovao) would have represented the Czech Republic with his song “Kemama”. He was the winner of the online national final Eurovision Song CZ.
🇩🇰 Denmark: Ben & Tan – “Yes”
Denmark would have been represented by Ben & Tan, the winners of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020. They would have performed the upbeat folk-pop song “Yes”.
🇪🇪 Estonia: Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
After winning the national final Eesti Laul 2020, Uku Suviste would have represented Estonia in Rotterdam. He would have performed his song “What Love Is”.
🇫🇮 Finland: Aksel Kankaanranta – “Looking Back”
Aksel Kankaanranta would have represent edFinland at Eurovision 2020. After winning the national final UMK 2020, he would have sung “Looking Back” in Rotterdam.
🇫🇷France: Tom Leeb – “The Best in Me”
Broadcaster France Television internally selected the singer-songwriter, actor and comedian Tom Leeb. He would have siung “The Best in Me”, co-written by former Eurovision stars John Lundvik and Amir.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “Take Me As I Am”
Tornike Kipiani would have represented Georgia in Rotterdam after winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol. He would have sung the electro-rock anthem “Take Me As I Am”.
🇩🇪 Germany: Ben Dolic – “Violent Thing”
The German broadcaster ditched its national final and internally selected its act, using a jury system. Ben Dolic would have represented Germany in Rotterdam with his song “Violent Thing”.
🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania – “SUPERG!RL”
Broadcaster ERT internally selected the Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis, who previously performed at Junior Eurovision 2016. She would have performed the song “SUPERG!RL”.
🇮🇸 Iceland: Daði & Gagnamagnið – “Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)”
After winning the national final Söngvakeppnin 2020, Daði Freyr would have represented Iceland with his band Gagnamagnið. They were going to perform the song “Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)”.
🇮🇪 Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Story of My Life”
Ireland would have been represented by the New York-based Irish singer-songwriter Lesley Roy. She would have sung her song “Story of My Life”.
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene – “Feker libi”
Eden Alene would have represented Israel after winning the talent show The Next Star for Eurovision. She would have sung “Feker libi”, the winner of the Israeli song selection national final.
🇮🇹 Italy: Diodato – “Fai rumore”
Sanremo Musical Festival 2020 winner Antonio Diodato would have represented Italy in Rotterdam. He would have performed his Sanremo-winning song “Fai rumore”
🇱🇻 Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
After winning Latvia’s national final Supernova, Samanta Tīna would have represented Latvia with her song “Still Breathing”.
🇱🇹 Lithuania: THE ROOP – “On Fire”
Lithuania would have been represented by THE ROOP, winners of its revamped national final. They would have performed their song “On Fire”.
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny Chukunyere – “All My Love”
Malta would have been represented by former Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chunkyere. She earned the ticket to Rotterdam after winning X Factor Malta. Destiny would have sung the internally selected song “All My Love”.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Prison”
Moldova’s Eurovision 2006 star Natalia Gordienko would have returned to Eurovision. After winning Moldova’s national final, she would have sung “Prison” in Rotterdam.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Grow”
Broadcaster AVROTROS internally selected the Surinamese soul singer Jeangu Macrooy. He would have sung the self-written ballad “Grow”.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Vasil – “YOU”
🇳🇴 Norway: Ulrikke – “Attention”
Norway would have been represented by Melodi Grand Prix winner Ulrikke Brandstorp. She would have performed the song “Attention” in Rotterdam.
🇵🇱 Poland: Alicja – “Empires”
Poland would have been represented by Alicja Szemplińska, who won the revamped national final Szansa na Sukces. She would have performed her song “Empires” at Eurovision.
🇵🇹 Portugal – Elisa – “Medo de sentir”
After winning Festival da Canção 2020, Elisa Silva would have represented Portugal at Eurovision 2020. She would have sung the song “Medo de sentir”.
🇷🇴Romania: Roxen – “Alcohol You”
🇷🇺 Russia: Little Big – “UNO”
Broadcaster Channel One Russia was organising Russia’s entry for Rotterdam. The broadcaster internally selected the Russian rave band Little Big. They would have performed “Uno”.
🇸🇲 San Marino: Senhit: “Freaky!”
🇷🇸 Serbia: Hurricane – “Hasta la vista”
After winning national final Beovizija, Serbia would have been represented by the three-piece girl group Hurricane who would have sung “Hasta la vista”. Hurricane features Serbia’s Eurovision 2016 star Sanja Vučić.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Voda”
Slovenia would have been represented by Ana Soklič, the winner of national final EMA 2020. She would have sung the ballad “Voda” in Rotterdam.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo”
🇸🇪 Sweden: The Mamas – “Move”
In 2019, they supported John Lundvik on stage at Eurovision 2019. The Mamas were set to return to Eurovision 2020 in their own right. After winning Melodifestivalen 2020, they would have performed “Move” in Rotterdam.
🇨🇭Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Répondez-moi”
Switzerland would have been represented by the Albanian-Swiss singer Gjon Muharremaj who performs as Gjon’s Tears. His internally selected song for Eurovision would have been the French ballad “Répondez-moi”.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A – “Solovey”
After dramatically withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, Ukraine would have returned for 2020. They would have been represented by Vidbir 2020 winners Go_A with their song “Solovey”.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom: James Newman – “My Last Breath”
The BBC switched to internal selection for 2020, in partnership with music company BMG. The UK would have been represented by James Newman with his song “My Last Breath”.
Which countries won’t be participating at Eurovision 2020?
🇦🇩 Andorra: Broadcaster RTVA has confirmed that it will not make a comeback at Eurovision 2020.
🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Broadcaster BHRT has said that while returning to Eurovision is an eventual goal, its current financial situation makes this unlikely for 2020.
🇭🇺 Hungary: Broadcaster MTVA will again hold the national song competition A Dal 2020 but the contest will not be used as a Eurovision national final. MTVA has not specifically given a reason for withdrawing from Eurovision, other than wanting to focus on supporting Hungarian music.
🇱🇺 Luxembourg: Fans have again petitioned the government for a return to Eurovision, however broadcaster RTL has confirmed that it has no plans to return to Eurovision in 2020, as the channel’s focus is on local news content.
🇲🇨 Monaco: Broadcaster TMC has confirmed that Monaco will not return to compete at Eurovision in 2020.
🇲🇪 Montenegro: After provisionally confirming, broadcaster RTCG later withdrew from Eurovision 2020. While its reason for non-participation has not been confirmed, the broadcaster is said to have been unable to afford the participation fee.
🇸🇰 Slovakia: RTVS has confirmed that it will not return to Eurovision due to lack of interest from Slovakian viewers.
🇹🇷 Turkey: Broadcaster TRT has previously said that it will not broadcast Eurovision, due to some content shown as part of the song contest, which it feels is unsuitable for Turkish children to view.
Associate members of the EBU:
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: While broadcaster Khabar Agency has again been given a guest invitation to participate at Junior Eurovision 2019, the EBU has confirmed to reputable fan media that they have no plans to extend this invitation to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The broadcaster has also confirmed that they have not received an invitation.
Non-members of the EBU
🇽🇰 Kosovo: Broadcaster RTK does not currently meet membership criteria for joining the European Broadcasting Union. As a non-member, they are unable to compete at Eurovision.
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein: Following the 2018 passing of its former editor-in-chief, broadcaster 1 FLT TV is no longer pursuing plans to join the EBU and participate at Eurovision.