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 and branding have not yet been revealed. They are expected to be announced in coming months.
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.
Two acts have been confirmed so far but no songs have been released yet.
Broadcaster RTSH will again use the long-running song competition Festivali i Këngës to select Albania’s entry for Rotterdam. The national final will be broadcast from 19-22 December.
Broadcaster APMTV Armenia will return to using their national final, Depi Evratesil. Applications for the event are open until 31 December.
After locking in a five-year invitation to participate in Eurovision, Australia will participate at Eurovision 2020. Broadcaster SBS will again use its successful national final Eurovision: Australia Decides.
Broadcaster ORF has not yet confirmed their selection method for Eurovision 2020, however it seems likely that the broadcaster will again internally select their entry.
Broadcaster İctimai Television has not yet confirmed Azerbaijan’s selection method, but it is likely that they will again use internal selection.
Earlier, broadcaster BTRC was reported to be considering making changes to their traditional national final format. After last year’s jury-only national final, BTRC are said to be considering going all the way and using internal selection.
🇧🇪 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.
After withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT will be back for 2020. BNT has internally selected its act and will announce their representative for Rotterdam later in November.
Broadcast HRT will again use the national final Dora to select its act for Rotterdam.
Broadcaster CyBC’s method of selection has not been confirmed, but it seems likely that they will again opt for internal selection.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
After planning a television national final, Czech Television has reverted to the online vote of recent years. Voting will take place in January 2020, with the winner expected to be announced in late January, early February.
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.
Estonia will again use the national final Eesti Laul. The grand final is due to take place on 29 February 2020.
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.
Broadcaster France Television has not confirmed any details of its selection method. However, French media speculation suggests the broadcaster may again use a national final — but possibly not the Destination Eurovision format.
Georgian Public Broadcaster will again use the talent show Georgian Idol to select its act for Eurovision. However this year the song will be internally selected at a later date.
The German broadcaster will again use a 100-member Eurovision Jury, made up of members of the public, to select the candidate artists. It is likely that this will again lead to the national final show Unser Lied.
Broadcaster ERT has not confirmed their selection method for Rotterdam, but it is likely 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, Pre-Eurovision Song.
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.
After mixed results from its national final Eurovizijos Atranka, Lithuanian broadcaster LRT is considering making changes to the show format and will be talking with interested parties.
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.
Broadcaster TRM has not confirmed its selection method, but will reportedly ditch its long-running national final O melodie pentru Europa in favour of internal selection.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands
Eurovision 2019 winner the Netherlands will be back as the host country of Eurovision 2020. Broadcaster AVROTROS has not confirmed its method of selection, however it is likely to continue with internal selection.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
Broadcaster MKRTV has not confirmed their selection method for Rotterdam, but it is likely that they will again opt to select their act internally.
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.
TVP has not confirmed Poland’s selection method, but last year switched to internally select their act.
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.
Broadcaster TVR has not confirmed its selectiom method for 2020. Earlier in the year, Romania’s head of delegation told reputable fan media that the broadcaster was considering making changes to its national final format, possible changing the jury/televote ratio or even switching to internal selection.
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.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó
RTVE has internally selected the Spanish singer Blas Cantó. His song has not yet been selected but is expected to be released sometime in early 2020.
Broadcaster SVT has confirmed to reputable fan media that Sweden will again use its iconic national final Melodifestivalen. SVT is expected to announce the competing acts in late November 2019.
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-final 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.