Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Rotterdam, the Netherlands will host Eurovision 2020

The Netherlands won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 following the win of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” in Tel Aviv, Israel. Rotterdam Ahoy was selected to host guests from around the world for the event. The semi-finals were scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 14. The Grand Final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was to be held Saturday, May 16.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brought about by a novel coronavirus discovered in late 2019, the European Broadcasting Union announced on March 17, 2020 that the Eurovision Song Contest would be cancelled. It was further decided that the songs selected for 2020 would not be eligible to compete in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, tentatively scheduled for May 2021.

Participating Countries

Participants selected their entries via several different methods:

  • Internal Selection: The broadcaster selected the act and the song.
  • National Final: The broadcaster held a one-off competition to determine their act and song.
  • Festival: The broadcaster held a slightly longer competition, usually with one or two semi-finals and a grand final. Sometimes the competition took place over the course of a week (Italy’s Sanremo or Albania’s Festivali i Këngës) or over a couple of weekends (Portugal’s Festival da Cancão or Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin).
  • Selection Series: The broadcaster held a long-form competition to determine their artist and song, usually with multiple rounds of winnowing down options.
  • Hybrid: A broadcaster may use one method to determine their artist and another method to select their song.

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 First Semi-Final

CountryArtistSong
AustraliaMontaigneDon’t Break Me
AzerbaijanEfendiCleopatra
BelarusVALДа вiдна (Da Vidna)
BelgiumHooverphonicRelease Me
CroatiaDamir KedžoDivlji vjetre (Wild winds)
CyprusSandro NicolasRunning
IrelandLesley RoyStory of My Life
IsraelEden AleneFeker Libi
LithuaniaThe RoopOn Fire
MaltaDestinyAll of My Love
North MacedoniaVasil GarvanlievYOU
NorwayUlrikkeAttention
RomaniaRoxenAlcohol You
RussiaLittle BigUNO
SloveniaAna SokličVoda
SwedenThe MamasMove
UkraineGo_ASolovey
These are the countries that will participate in the First Semi-Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 12, 2020. The Netherlands, Germany, and Italy will broadcast and vote in this semi-final. Ten of these entries will move on to the Grand Final on May 16. (Last update: March 12, 2020)

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Second Semi-Final Participants

CountryArtistSong
AlbaniaArilena AraFall from the Sky
ArmeniaAthena ManoukianChains on You
AustriaVincent BuenoAlive
BulgariaVICTORIATears Getting Sober
Czech RepublicBenny CristoKemama
DenmarkBen & TanYES
EstoniaUku SuvisteWhat Love Is
FinlandAkselLooking Back
GeorgiaTornike KipianiTake Me As I Am
GreeceStefaniaSUPERG!RL
IcelandDaði & GagnamagniðThink About Things
LatviaSamanta TinaStill Breathing
MoldovaNatalia GordienkoPrison
PolandAlicjaEmpires
PortugalElisaMedo de Sentir
San MarinoSenhitFREAKY!
SerbiaHurricaneHasta la Vista
SwitzerlandGjon’s TearsRépondez-moi
These are the countries that will participate in the Second Semi-Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 14, 2020. France, Spain, and the United Kingdom will broadcast and vote in this semi-final. Ten of these entries will move on to the Grand Final on May 16. (Last update: March 12, 2020)

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Grand Final Participants

CountryArtistSong
FranceTom LeebMon Alliée (The Best in Me)
GermanyBen DolicViolent Thing
ItalyDiodatoFai Rumore
NetherlandsJeangu MacrooyGrow
SpainBlas CantóUniverso
United KingdomJames NewmanMy Last Breath
These are the countries that will participate in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 16, 2020. The Netherlands and the Big 5—France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom—automatically qualify for the Grand Final. Ten countries will advance from each semi-final to bring the complete field to 26 countries. (Last update: March 12, 2020)

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