17
March
2020

London Eurovision Party 2020 has been cancelled or postponed.. whichever

London Eurovision Party 2020 has been cancelled or postponed.. whichever

London Eurovision Party

The coronavirus and travel restrictions have unfortunately led to the London Eurovision Party 2020 being postponed. The organisers tweeted today that with a heavy heart they have no other choice.

The cancellation suffers the same fate as earlier pre planned parties in Israel and Spain and The Netherlands. The London party announcement held on as long as it could, but government restrictions on large gatherings, and other factors, made it feasibly impossible to continue with the party.

Still holding out hope though, the organisers say that they will try to arrange a new date, for which tickets would still be valid. Anyone unable to attend on the new date would be refunded.

The party which would have featured many of 2020’s competing acts was due to take place at the Cafe de Paris in London on March 29, and had been a sold out event. Past entrants like KEiiNO and Tamara Todesvka were due to perform along with this year’s favourites, Ulrikke, VICTORIA, The Roop and Samanta Tina. Montaigne had been expected to fly in from Australia.

See alsoCoronavirus: Statement from EBU regarding Eurovision 2020

Last years’ United Kingdom entrant, Michel Rice, had also been expected to join his successor, James Newman, and host Surie.  This news obviously disappoints a lot of fans, and concerns over the actual staging of Eurovision still hold.

The latest numbers from The United Kingdom is that 1543 people have tested positive for the virus with sadly 55 deaths.

The situation around the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 remains unclear as yet.

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16
March
2020

Eurovision in Concert on 4th of April has been cancelled

Eurovision in Concert on 4th of April has been cancelled

Eurovision in Concert Logo

The coronavirus, travel restrictions and banning of large gatherings have unfortunately led to the Eurovision in Concert, Amsterdam 2020 being cancelled. Of course this is not totally unexpected.

The cancellation suffers the same fate as earlier pre planned parties in Israel and Spain. The Amsterdam party announcement held on as long as it could, but new government restrictions in The Netherlands, and other factors, made it feasibly impossible to continue with the concert.

The party which would have featured many of 2020’s competing acts was due to take place in Amsterdam on the 4th of April, but the Dutch government are restricting large gatherings until the 6th of April. Ticket costs will be refunded.

See alsoCoronavirus: Statement from EBU regarding Eurovision 2020

Health Minister Bruno Bruins has announced that all measures, which were set until 31st March, have been extended to 6th April. This has meant that all gatherings of 100+ people have been forbidden. The latest numbers from The Netherlands is that 1135 people have tested positive for the virus, with sadly 20 deaths.

Eurovision in Concert is an annual preview concert, usually held about a month before the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s the most popular and longest standing event of it’s kind. It’s first edition was in 2009.

The situation around the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has still not been decided.

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16
March
2020

Amsterdam Eurovision in Concert on 4th of April has been cancelled

Amsterdam Eurovision in Concert on 4th of April has been cancelled

Eurovision in Concert Logo

The coronavirus, travel restrictions and banning of large gatherings have unfortunately led to the Eurovision in Concert, Amsterdam 2020 being cancelled. Of course this is not totally unexpected.

The cancellation suffers the same fate as earlier pre planned parties in Israel and Spain. The Amsterdam party announcement held on as long as it could, but new government restrictions in The Netherlands, and other factors, made it feasibly impossible to continue with the concert.

The party which would have featured many of 2020’s competing acts was due to take place in Amsterdam on the 4th of April, but the Dutch government are restricting large gatherings until the 6th of April. Ticket costs will be refunded.

See alsoCoronavirus: Statement from EBU regarding Eurovision 2020

Health Minister Bruno Bruins has announced that all measures, which were set until 31st March, have been extended to 6th April. This has meant that all gatherings of 100+ people have been forbidden. The latest numbers from The Netherlands is that 1135 people have tested positive for the virus, with sadly 20 deaths.

The situation around the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has still not been decided.

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15
March
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #1

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #1
https://archive.org/download/escinsight_20190316_614_jbj2019_01_202003/escinsight_20200314_673_JBJ2020_01.mp3

And so it came to pass once more, that the family of three decided to act as one. Hit, miss, and maybe, all returned to the surroundings of Court Number 12. 41 songs lay before them, the pool of jurors ready to be selected, and a public ready to listen to the proceedings.

Welcome… to Juke Box Jury.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #1
with Ross Middleton and Laura Clay.

Ireland: Story Of My Life, by Lesley Roy.
Cyprus: Running, by Sanro.
Poland: Empires, by Alicja Szemplińska.
Sweden: Move, by The Mamas.
Greece: Supergirl, by Stefania.

As May draws closer, you can stay up to date with all the Song Contest news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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14
March
2020

Newsletter: Musical Revamps, And The Impact Of Coronavirus

Newsletter: Musical Revamps, And The Impact Of Coronavirus

The 41 songs for Eurovision 2020 may now have been selected, but there’s still time for the artists to polish up their entries in hopes of improving their chances of success in Rotterdam. Here are some of the most notable revamps to be revealed in the past few days…

Albania

Arilena Ara won Festivali i Këngës 58 back in December with the Albanian language ballad ‘Shaj‘. However, the song was originally composed in English, and this is the language she will perform in for the Contest. ‘Fall From The Sky‘ is a dynamic and vocally challenging ballad in the classic Albanian mould.

Armenia

Athena Manoukian’s ‘Chains on You‘ is one of the more distinctive entries selected this year, but in its original form it felt hampered by low-budget production choices. Now that a trip to Rotterdam is (theoretically) assured, the song has been given a subtle overhaul to create a cleaner, crisper sound. A dance break before the final chorus also adds some much-needed dynamic. This is now sounding like a strong contender in a largely mid-tempo second Semi Final.

Czech Republic

One of the more divisive revamps of the season, Benny Cristo travelled to Kenya to give his breezy RnB track ‘Kemama‘ an extensive makeover, featuring much more prominent guitar on the instrumental. However, the new version has received negative feedback online, and Cristo has announced that he is considering reverting back to the original. Stay tuned…

Romania

Roxen’s moody ballad ‘Alcohol You’ was the clear favourite at Romania’s one-artist national selection last month, but after two consecutive non-qualifiers, they’re not taking any chances. The official revamp adds dynamic to the song with some crowd-pleasing glory notes to give the ending a real punch. But can she out-Eilish Bulgaria?

Ukraine

Ukraine’s folky entry from Go_A has received a subtle re-recording to make the flutes more prominent in the mix, adding an extra hook to a pleasingly distinctive entry without compromising the authentic feel of the original.

You can read more about this week’s news by signing up to the ESC Insight Newsletter. Read this week’s edition online here.

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13
March
2020

Coronavirus: Statement from EBU regarding Eurovision 2020

Coronavirus: Statement from EBU regarding Eurovision 2020

Coronavirus

‘It’s still too early to make a decision regarding this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but we monitor the situation closely’, those are the words from EBU regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, which has brought big parts of Europe to a stand still.

All European countries are now affected with the Coronavirus disease Covid-19. Most countries have cancelled larger public events, which also let to this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final being held without audience – and in one country after the other schools have been closed and people asked to work from home. Public offices are closed in many countries and people are gatherings supplies in order to be able to stay indoor for two weeks. It’s also common for countries to impose travel restrictions, and we already now see that this is giving problems for the postcard shooting with artists not willing to/not able to travel to the Netherlands.

With the Eurovision Song Contest coming closer, the rapid spread we are seeing all over Europe is a significant danger towards the contest being held as scheduled in May in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It’s needed to work on a plan B. While that is taking place behind closed doors, the European Broadcasting Union today released a statement that it’s still too early to make a decision regarding the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.

Though the Netherlands was one of the latest countries to get hit, things spread fast once it happened. There are currently 804 people infected with Covid-19 in the 2020 host country, and 10 people dead according to latest update from Worldometers.info. (13/3 – 2020 at 16:15 CET).

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.

Statement from EBU

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