Eurovision 2020 – As the Coronavirus spreads around the world and is labelled a pandemic, and Europe becomes the epicentre, the Spanish and Israeli pre-parties have become the latest victims. Both have been cancelled for 2020. Riga had already announced it would not hold a party this year.
The London Eurovision Party issued the following statement yesterday:
The Roop from Lithuania has already cancelled their appearance in London, and if predicted rates continue it looks like the London Party will also have no option but to cancel. UK press are today reporting the UK government will move to the next stage of mitigation and stop all public gatherings for more than 500 people from the end of next week.
With central Europe heading towards Italy-levels of infection in the coming weeks, it looks more and more likely that Rotterdam 2020 is in serious jeopardy. The EBU released the following statement:
“The EBU is closely monitoring the situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus and keeping abreast of the latest advice and guidelines from the WHO and national health authorities.
“We are working closely with Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam to explore different potential scenarios for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
“However, with 2 months to go until the 3 live shows on 12, 14 and 16 May, and a rapidly changing situation both in the Netherlands and the countries of the participating broadcasters, it is still too early to make any final decisions.
“With this in mind, we’re continuing to work together as a team on preparations to host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.”
It is understood a decision will need to be made in the next couple of weeks before the stage building begins. Rotterdam’s Mayor wants a decision by April 6th.
Plan B looks to be that the show will still be broadcast, as long as performers are well enough, with countries performing and broadcasting from studios in their own countries.
UPDATE 15th March:
The Netherlands has extended bans of large gatherings until April 6th which means Eurovision in Concert pre-party in Amsterdam on 4th April is now in doubt. The organisers say…
“The ban on events has been extended until April 6th. At the moment we are checking all possible options around Eurovision in Concert. As soon as there will be more information, we will of course report this as soon as possible.”
In addition Victoria from Bulgaria has tweeted the following today:
“With heavy heart I have to confirm that I will not be doing any of the stops of my promo tour for #Eurovision 2020 in London, Madrid and Amsterdam in March and April. In times like these we need to be responsible for our health and the people around us and to be disciplined. My team and I will use the time till I arrive in Rotterdam to prepare and focus on our vocal and staging rehearsals for the contest. #Eurovision is giving people hope since 1956 and the event is the highlight of the year for many people around the world. I can’t wait to perform Tears Getting Sober on the #Eurivision stage in Rotterdam in May and to sing in London, Madrid and Amsterdam the first opportunity I have. #StayHome #StaySafe”
UPDATE 2 – 15th March
STATEMENT REGARDING EUROVISION IN CONCERT 2020
This afternoon the Dutch government decided to extend the ban on events involving more than 100 visitors until Monday, 6 April. Therefore, Eurovision in Concert 2020 won’t be able to take place on Saturday, April 4.
It goes without saying that the health of our visitors, volunteers and participating delegations is our main priority and therefore we will fully respond to the measures taken by our government.
It will take some days for us to figure out all other possible options. For those of you who bought tickets for the concert; you’ll hear from us on a short term.
Warm regards and stay safe 🙏,
Team Eurovision in Concert.
UPDATE 3 – 16th March
London Eurovision Party is postponed.