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.
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?
So far, 33 countries have tentatively confirmed for Eurovision 2020. All participating countries will be officially confirmed at the Heads of Delegation meeting in autumn.
Songs — either confirmed or potential — cannot be publicly released until 1 September 2019.
Broadcasters will have until the Head of Delegation meeting in early March 2020 to submit their entries to the EBU. It is expect that all songs will also be publicly released by this date, however it is not guaranteed.
Broadcaster RTSH has confirmed that Albania will participate at Eurovision 2020. The long-running song competition Festivali i Këngës will again be used in some way for the entry selection.
After locking in a five-year invitation to participate in Eurovision, Australian broadcaster SBS has confirmed to reputable fan media that it intends to participate at Eurovision 2020. Australia’s selection method has not been confirmed, but it’s thought that it will again use its successful national final Eurovision: Australia Decides.
ORF’s programme director has confirmed to local media that Austria will return to Eurovision 2020. Their selection method has not been confirmed, but it seems likely that the broadcaster will again internally select their entry.
Broadcasterİctimai Television has confirmed to reputable fan media that Azerbaijan will compete in Eurovision 2020. While Azerbaijan’s selection method has not been confirmed, it is likely that they will again use internal selection.
Broadcaster BTRC has confirmed to reputable fan media that Belarus will be back at Eurovision 2020. Earlier, the broadcaster 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.
For 2020, Belgium’s Eurovision entry will be organised by Flemish broadcaster VRT. The broadcaster will again internally select their act.
Broadcast HRT has confirmed that it will participate in Eurovision 2020. Croatia will again use the national final Dora to select its act for Rotterdam.
Broadcaster CyBC has confirmed to reputable fan media that Cyprus will participate in Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster’s method of selection has not been confirmed, but it seems likely that they will again opt for internal selection.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Following recent success after using an online national final, Czech Television will upgrade to a televised national final for 2020. The grand final date has already been locked in, due to screen on 28 January 2020. Submissions for the national final are currently open and will close on 30 June.
Broadcaster DR has confirmed for Eurovision 2020. 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.
Broadcaster ERR has confirmed to reputable fan media that Estonia will return to Eurovision 2020. Their selection method has not been confirmed, but it is likely that Estonia will again use their national final Eesti Laul.
Finland is back for 2020 but they’ll be making some changes. Rather than internally selecting a star act, broadcaster YLE will return to open selection for its national final UMK. Further details will be revealed at a later date.
Broadcaster France Television has confirmed that they will participate in Eurovision 2020. No further details have been revealed about the broadcaster’s selection method, which suggests France might not return to its Destination Eurovision national final format.
The Georgian Public Broadcaster has confirmed that it will be back for 2020. It will again use the talent show Georgian Idol to select its entry. It will begin screening in October.
German broadcaster has not revealed full details of its 2020 selection process, however it 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 confirmed to reputable fan media that Greece will participate in Eurovision 2020. Their selection method has not been confirmed, 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’s broadcaster RÚV has confirmed to reputable fan media that it expects to participate in Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster’s selection method has not been confirmed but it is likely they will again use national final Söngvakeppnin.
Broadcaster RTÉ has confirmed that Eurovision will be part of its new season lineup. The broadcaster has not confirmed how it will select its act for Eurovision, however since 2016 Ireland has internally selected their act.
The 2019 host will be back for 2020. 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.
Broadcaster LTV has confirmed to local fan media that Latvia will participate in Eurovision 2020. Latvia’s selection method has not been confirmed yet, but since 2015 Latvia has used the national final Supernova.
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.
🇳🇱 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 confirmed to reputable fan media that North Macedonia will compete in Rotterdam. The broadcaster’s method of selection has not been confirmed, 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.
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 confirmed that Romania will compete in Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster’s selection method has not been confirmed. 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.
🇸🇲 San Marino
Broadcaster SMRTV has confirmed that San Marino will return to Eurovision 2020, after getting its best ever result in Tel Aviv. It is not known how the broadcaster 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 introduced the wildcard contest EMA FREŠ to give an upcoming act a place in EMA.
Broadcaster SVT has confirmed to reputable fan media that Sweden will again use its iconic national final Melodifestivalen. The 2020 edition will be the 60th edition of the contest and will be the last Melfest helmed by long-running producer Christer Björkman.
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 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, broadcaster UA:PBC claimed it it would return to Eurovision 2020. No further details are known of its selection plans.
The BBC has confirmed that it will compete in Rotterdam. The broadcaster has ditched its unsuccessful national final format and has partnered with music company BMG to internally select the act.
What countries haven’t yet confirmed if they’ll do Eurovision 2020?
🇦🇲 Armenia: Broadcaster AMPTV has not yet confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020. An unofficial fan page for former national final show Depi Evratesil hinted at a return to the national final format, however this also has not been confirmed by the broadcaster.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: After withdrawing from Eurovision 2019, broadcaster BNT was reported as being bankrupt, with debts of over 25 million euros. The broadcaster has said their decision about Eurovision 2020 will likely be announced in late September.
🇭🇺 Hungary: Broadcaster Duna Media has not yet confirmed Hungary’s participation in Eurovision 2020. Following Hungary’s non-qualification in Tel Aviv, there is speculation that Hungary may revamp its national final A Dal.
🇮🇹 Italy: Broadcaster RAI has confirmed that planning for the 2020 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival was underway. However it has not yet been confirmed that this will be Italy’s selection for Eurovision.
🇲🇹 Malta: Filming for a second series of X Factor Malta is underway. However, the broadcaster has not confirmed if the show will again be used as Malta’s artist selection for Eurovision.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Broadcaster TRM has not yet confirmed Moldova’s participation in Eurovision 2020. If they do confirm, it is expected that Moldova will again use some form of their national final O melodi pentru Europa.
🇲🇪 Montenegro: Broadcaster RTCG has not confirmed if Montenegro will return to Eurovision 2020. The country’s Head of Delegation has previously spoken of his hope for an expanded version of the national final Montevizija.
🇵🇱 Poland: Junior Eurovision 2019 host broadcaster TVP has not yet commented on Poland’s participation in Eurovision 2020.
🇷🇺 Russia: A fan blog has reported that broadcaster Channel One Russia has confirmed its participation for 2020. However, no source has been given for this.
🇪🇸 Spain: Broadcaster RTVE has uploaded a Eurovision 2020 photo to its Facebook page, which some fans are taking as confirmation of its participation. However, RTVE has not yet publicly confirmed for Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster will be producing a new series of Operación Triunfo, expected to be broadcast in 2020. It is not known if this series will also be used as Spain’s Eurovision selection.
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.
🇱🇺 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.
🇸🇰 Slovakia: RTVS has confirmed that it will not return to Eurovision due to lack of interest from Slovakian viewers.
🇹🇷 Turkey: Broadcaster TRT has said that it will not broadcast Eurovision, due to the 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.
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.