Eurovision 2020 – Eurovision fans really felt the cancellation hit home this week as many of them should have been travelling to Rotterdam to take part in this year’s Song Contest. Instead many are left despondent and still fighting travel companies to get refunds. But never fear, there’s still a whole host of Eurovision events online this week! Let’s get in the bubble!
Many countries are putting on programmes in the run up to Saturday’s official Europe-wide Eurovision: Shine a Light programme. It will air in place of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Grand Final on Saturday 16 May at 21:00 (CET). Public service broadcasters from over 40 countries will broadcast the show. and it will also be available on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. It is expected to last 2 hours.
In addition to spotlighting the 41 songs of 2020, the unique production will include special performances from popular artists from Eurovision’s past. 2020’s artists will also join together, from their locations across Europe, in a unifying performance of 1997’s Eurovision winner ‘Love Shine A Light’ by Katrina And The Waves.
Michael Schulte (Germany, 2018) will accompany Ilse DeLange from The Common Linnets (the Netherlands, 2014) performing ‘Ein Bisschen Frieden’, the song of Germany’s first winner (Nicole, 1982).
Israel’s Eurovision winner from 1979, Gali Atari, will also sing her huge hit ‘Hallelujah’ alongside a choir featuring past participants from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Other performances include Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw singing his 2015 winning song ‘Heroes’, Marija Šerifović the 2007 winner for Serbia, with ‘Molitva’ and Netta (Israel, 2018) will contribute a moving acoustic version of a new song with a special message about these unusual times. Reigning Eurovision champion Duncan Laurence will premiere his brand new song, ‘Someone Else’, during the show.
Eurovision fans from across the world will also help bring an unforgettable sing-a-long moment to the screen. They will form a huge Eurovision choir and sing Johnny Logan‘s ‘What’s Another Year ‘with the three-time Eurovision winner himself.
As well as the official programme, there are more online events happening than we can keep up with! For a full list of all the different events taking place, check out this post from Wiwibloggs.
Worried about that well documented ailment, Post Eurovision Depression (PED) on Sunday? Well #EurovisionAgain has your back, as they promise a very special event on the evening of Sunday 17th May at 8pm UK (9pm CET). Follow them on Twitter for details @EurovisionAgain. To date they have raised over £12,000 which is being donated to the following charities:
Mermaids – a vital charity that support young trans and non-binary people and their families.
Terrence Higgins Trust – UK’s most iconic HIV and sexual health charity.
Stonewall – here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone.
Enjoy Eurovision week everyone! Let us know below which ones you’ll be watching.