No Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 due to corona virus

Due to the outbreak of the corona virus in Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been cancelled. Eurovision 2020 would have taken place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

EBU stated that they “have explored many alternatives”, however “the uncertainty created by the coronavirus means […] that it is impossible to go on with the live event as planned.”

“This is the only sensible decision,” says councilor Saïd Kasmi on behalf of the city of Rotterdam. “A lot of events have been cancelled, and it is logical that the Eurovision Song Contest also needs to take a step down.”

Eurovision 2020 songs not allowed to take part next year

The chosen songs for the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020 are not allowed to take part at the contest in 2021. You can still check out all the 41 Eurovision songs that planned to take part in Rotterdam 2020 on ESCDaily.

Several countries, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have already confirmed that they will give their artist from 2020 an automatic ticket to Eurovision in 2021.

Will Eurovision 2021 take place in Rotterdam?

Several key players have expressed the intention to now organize Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam. Executive producer Sietse Bakker stated that “if we manage to do it in Rotterdam 2021, bought tickets will remain valid”. Several local politicians from Rotterdam have also confirmed the intent to organize Eurovision next year. Jolanda Jansen, director of the Eurovision venue Ahoy, stated “next year’s contest will be unforgettable”. EBU wrote on their website that “although these are uncertain times, it would be great to give Rotterdam a chance to show itself next year.”

Potential venue: Ahoy in Rotterdam

Ahoy has a show venue, famous from the ATP-500 tennis tournament which takes place there. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have all played in this hall. The capacity is slightly over 16.000 people.

Ahoy Rotterdam. Photo Credit: stevenbrandist Flickr via Compfight cc

However, the most impressive feature of Ahoy is the fact that it has congress halls directly next to it in the same building. The EBU could use these halls not only for a press center, but also for delegation spaces & rooms for the crew to work in.

When it comes to working at the contest, for crew ánd journalists, Ahoy has an ideal package. It also hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and MTV Europe Awards in the past.

Dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 unknown

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 would have taken place on the 12th and 14th of May (semi-finals) and the 16th of May 2020. There are two important Dutch holidays on Memorial Day and Liberation Day on the 4th and 5th of May. The EBU and Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS & NPO will take these into account when deciding the dates for Eurovision 2021 should it take place in The Netherlands.

Will Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest?

The designated hosts for Eurovision in Rotterdam were Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley. You can find more information about each of them below:

Traveling to Rotterdam by airplane or by train

Rotterdam is within a 40 minute drive from the main Dutch airport Schiphol. If you travel through Schiphol Airport, it is best to take the train to Rotterdam Centraal. The Schiphol arrival halls are connected directly with the train tracks, which makes this an easy layover.

Rotterdam also has its own airport (Rotterdam/The Hague Airport), which connects it to several other European countries. This is a smaller airport than Schiphol, but it is possible to fly directly to Rotterdam.

If you are traveling to Rotterdam from United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or France, the train is a good option. There is a very quick Thalys connection between Paris – Brussels – Rotterdam, as well as a Eurostar connection London – Rotterdam. From Berlin, you can take the ICE through Nijmegen and Utrecht.

About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second largest city of The Netherlands. It is famous for its large dock, and for the modern architecture in the city center (with the bridges Erasmusbrug and Willemsbrug, as well as several skyscrapers around the Maas river). Rotterdam is also the home of three professional football clubs, of which Feyenoord is the largest.