In 2020, the Netherlands will host Eurovision for the fifth time, after Duncan Laurence gave his country their fifth victory, with his song “Arcade” in Tel Aviv. There’s a lot of organising to do from both the host country and all the competing countries.
Where is the contest being held and what countries will participate in Eurovision 2020? Here’s all the information you need!
Where is Eurovision 2020 being held?
Eurovision 2020 will be held in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands. The show will be hosted at Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
Who are the hosts of Eurovision 2020?
The host or hosts have not been decided yet. A number of experienced Dutch television hosts have been suggested as possible hosts, including Cornald Maas, Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Emma Wortelboer. Eurovision 2020 winner Duncan Laurence has also said he wouldn’t mind the hosting gig.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2020?
The slogan of Eurovision 2020 is “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 will Eurovision 2020 be held?
The grand final of Eurovision 2020 will be held on May 16. The first semi-final will be held on May 12 and the second semi-final will be on May 14.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2020?
41 countries are officially confirmed for Eurovision 2020. Bulgaria and Ukraine are returning to the contest after one year’s absence, while Hungary and Montenegro will not compete in 2020.
Nine acts have been confirmed and one song has been released so far.
🇦🇱Albania: Arilena Ara – “Shaj”
After winning Festivali i Këngës 58, Arilena Ara will represent Albania with the song “Shaj”. It is likely that Arilena will perform an English-language version of the song in Rotterdam.
Broadcaster APMTV Armenia will return to using their national final, Depi Evratesil.
🇦🇹 Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Alive”
ORF has internally selected the R&B singer Vincent Bueno. He will sing the uptempo song “Alive” which will be released at a late date.
Broadcaster İctimai Television has not yet confirmed Azerbaijan’s selection method, but it is likely that they will again use internal selection.
Broadcaster BTRC will again use their national final. It will feature the iconic live-streamed auditions and a live grand final.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic
Flemish broadcaster VRT has internally selected the Belgian ambient pop group Hooverphonic. The trio will release their song for Eurovision in February 2020.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: VICTORIA
After withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT will be back for 2020. BNT has internally selected the X Factor Bulgaria singer Victoria Georgieva (aka VICTORIA). Her song will be released in early March 2020.
Broadcast HRT will again use the national final Dora to select its act for Rotterdam. The 16 competing acts have been announced. The grand final will take place on 29 February.
Broadcaster CyBC’s has internally selected the American-Greek German singer Sandro Nicolas. His song will be revealed later in the season.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Czech Television has announced the seven acts who will be competing in the online national final Eurovision Song CZ. Voting will open on 20 January.
Denmark will again use their long-running national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to select their act. The grand final is due to be held on 7 March 2020 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
After internally selecting its act for the past two years, broadcaster YLE is reverting to open selection for its national final UMK. The grand final will take place on 7 March 2020.
🇫🇷France: Tom Leeb
Broadcaster France Television has internally selected the singer-songwriter, actor and comedian Tom Leeb. This follows the broadcaster ditching its previous national final Destination Eurovision. Tom’s song for Rotterdam will be released at a later date.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia in Rotterdam after winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol. His song for Eurovision will be internally selected at a later date.
The German broadcaster will again screen Unser Lied für Rotterdam. However, this year the show appears to be a shorter, pre-recorded programme, leading to speculation that it may just be used to present an internally selected act.
Broadcaster ERT has not confirmed their selection method for Rotterdam, but it is expected that Greece will again use internal selection.
Despite Iceland’s 2019 act Hatari running afoul of the EBU at the Tel Aviv grand final, Iceland will be back for 2020. Broadcaster RÚV will again use the national final Söngvakeppnin.
Broadcaster RTÉ has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster will again internally select its act, this time in conjunction with radio station RTÉ 2FM.
Broadcaster KAN will again use the talent show The Next Star for Eurovision to select their act. Following criticism of the 2019 song internal selection process, this time Israel’s song for the Netherlands will be selected via a second show, The Next Song for Eurovision.
Italy will again use the Sanremo Music Festival to select its act for Eurovision, due to take place in February. Participating Sanremo acts must first declare if they also wish to do Eurovision, should they win.
Broadcaster LTV will again use its national final Supernova. The grand final will take place on 8 February 2020.
Lithuania is again using its national final, renamed Pabandom iš naujo!. Thirty-six acts are competing in the contest, with the grand final due to be held on 8 February.
Broadcaster TVM will again use the new series of X Factor Malta to select its act for Eurovision. The grand final will take place on 8 February. The song for Rotterdam is expected to be internally selected but may possibly also be chosen at the grand final.
Broadcaster TRM has opened entries for its selection process for Eurovision 2020. The act for Rotterdam will either be selected internally by an expert jury or through a national final.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy
Broadcaster AVROTROS has internally selected the Surinamese soul singer Jeangu Macrooy. He will sing a self-written song which will be released at a later date.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Vasil
Broadcaster MKRTV has internally selected the Macedonian singer Vasil Garvanliev. His song will be released at a later date.
Norway will again use its national final Melodi Grand Prix. The show will be turning 40 in 2020, so broadcaster NRK is hosting an expanded format, including five semi-finals. The grand final will take place on 15 February.
TVP will use the revived talent show Szansa na Sukces to select its entry for Rotterdam. The grand final will take place on 23 February.
Portugal will again use its national final Festival da Canção. RTP will continue the format of inviting composers, who will then team up with performers. The grand final will take place on 7 March.
Broadcaster TVR has not confirmed its selection method for 2020. However, a local mayor has spoken about the possibility of his city hosting the 2020 edition of national final Selectia Nationala.
Broadcaster Channel One Russia will organise Russia’s entry for Rotterdam. The broadcaster has not confirmed its selection method but it is likely they will again internally select.
🇸🇲 San Marino
It is not known how the broadcaster SMRTV will select their act, but it is likely they will again internally select a creative partner.
Broadcaster RTS will again compete at Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster will again use its national final to select its act for Rotterdam.
Broadcaster RTV SLO has confirmed that Slovenia will participate in Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster will again use its national final EMA, and will also introduce the wildcard contest EMA FREŠ to give an upcoming act a place in EMA. The EMA grand final is scheduled for 22 February.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo”
Broadcaster SVT will again use its iconic national final Melodifestivalen. The 28 competing acts have been confirmed. Their songs will be unveiled at the semi-finals in February.
Following their outstanding fourth-place finish in Tel Aviv, Switzerland will again use their internal selection process for Eurovision 2020. Entries will open on 1 September. A 100-person people’s jury and a 20-person international expert jury will then decide which of the submitted songs will be heading to the Netherlands.
After dramatically withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, Ukraine will return for 2020. Broadcasters UA:BPC and STB will again use the national final Vidbir, with two semi-finals and a grand final. Following last year’s controversy, this year the competition will not be open to any acts who have performed in Russia or the Crimea since 2014.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
The BBC has ditched its unsuccessful national final format and has partnered with music company BMG to internally select the act.
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.