The EBU has just published further information about the future of the Eurovision Song Contest and the songs that were going to compete in Rotterdam.
Following the cancellation of #Eurovision 2020 we’d like to share some news with you from the EBU.
– We have been overwhelmed with the love that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) family has shared since the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.
– The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest will be missed this year. The Contest’s values of universality and inclusivity, and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music, are needed more than ever right now.
– The EBU and its Members are therefore currently exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times.
– It is our intention in this programming, and on our online platforms in the coming months, to honour the songs and artists which have been chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
– With that in mind, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.
– At their discretion, Participating Broadcasters may decide which artist(s) to send in 2021, either this year’s or a newly chosen one.
– We ask for your patience while we work through ideas in the coming days and weeks.
After the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, many people have been wondering what will happen with the artists and songs that had been chosen to perform at this year’s edition. We already knew that the performers’ choice will be up to the broadcaster’s decision, but the EBU hadn’t revealed information about the songs. Some thought that the organisers could make an exception and allow the same songs for the 2021 contest. However, they have revealed that this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.
Some broadcasters have already announced that they will send the same artist to Rotterdam next year, while others have confirmed the return of their national selections, such as Melodifestivalen (Sweden) or UMK (Finland).
The Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis happening around the world, will take place in 2021 in Rotterdam.
Source : EBU