This year, Eurovision will be virtual, for the first time since 1956, the competition is canceled due to coronavirus.
The pan-European tele-hook was to take place at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, but the epidemic has turned everything upside down in the Dutch harbor hall has been transformed into a hospital.
Fans of the timeless song contest will nonetheless be able to console themselves with Eurovision: Europe Shine a light, a confined version of Eurovision, and therefore without competition, but which will be broadcast live by partner channels.
Måns Zelmerlöw – 2015 Eurovision winner: “I’m going to perform my winning song from 2015, it’s going to sound like an acoustic version and in quarantine, I’ll be sitting on my porch, but yes, it’s going to be and it’s been a special week for us, Eurovision fans … We are so used to the semi-finals on Tuesday and Thursday and of course Saturday evening, it will be even more special. “
The 41 artists who should have competed will be able to present their songs, but they will do it from home. Among them in particular there will be the French representative Tom Leeb or the Irish Johny Logan.
Johnny Logan, Irish singer, double winner of Eurovision: “Eurovision is one of the few competitions in which all of Europe participates, it is not only about music, but also about fun, celebration, bad songs and also good songs, and there are enough, but I think it’s mostly just a celebration. “
Eurovision organizers are in talks with the Rotterdam authorities to postpone this year’s canceled competition to 2021.
66,000 fans planned to come party and watch the competition.
France has not won the Eurovision since 1977, it was Marie Myriam who sang LOiseau and the child.