Rotterdam and Maastricht are left in the battle for organizing the Eurovision Song Contest. In this live blog we will keep you informed of all developments around Eurovision 2020.

Welcome to this live blog about all developments around the Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in May 2020 in the Netherlands.

  • The Netherlands organizes the Eurovision Song Contest after Duncan Laurence became the first Dutch winner in 44 years with his song Arcade .
  • Five cities have officially registered to take on the organization. These are Arnhem, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
  • In August the NPO announces which city will organize the festival.

12 minutes ago

The NPO is enthusiastic about the MECC, the location where the Song Festival will take place if Maastricht is chosen as the host city. "In terms of height, width and depth, the MECC room is reminiscent of that in Kiev and Tel Aviv," said Sietse Bakker, head of producer of Events, according to the AD .

"They really want to be here in Maastricht. We look at the suitability of the location in both cities, what the city itself contributes and which accommodations are available. Both Rotterdam and Maastricht meet these three points."

5 hours ago

Rotterdam Lee Towers thinks that 'his' city will ultimately be chosen by the committee, he told Shownieuws on Tuesday. "I think Rotterdam has the most international image of the two."

5 hours ago

The Songfestival committee will visit Maastricht on Wednesday, they will go to Rotterdam on Thursday. The mayor will review the bid book they have submitted with a team of specialists. "Everything on technical, operational and logistical level will be discussed substantively and we will answer any questions. Then a tour of the complex with the possible locations follows," says Frank Mimpen, commercial director of the MECC.

6 hours ago

Duncan Laurence will release an acoustic version of Arcade on Friday, the song with which he won the Song Contest. He recorded it in the Wisseloord studios in Hilversum.

yesterday at 7:32 PM

The Municipality of Utrecht quote Duncan Laurence in response to the loss in the race to become the host city of the Songfestival.

"A broken heart is all that's left," Duncan said. ๐Ÿ˜ข Unfortunately, Utrecht is not selected for the song festival. @rotterdam and @maastrichtnl are still in the race, good luck!

Avatar AuthorCity of UtrechtMoment of places18: 40 - July 16, 2019

yesterday at 7:21 PM

The municipality of Arnhem finds it very unfortunate that the Songfestival will not take place in Arnhem, the board says on Twitter.

Unfortunately: the Eurovision #song festival will not be in #Arnhem in 2020. Even though Arnhem is not the host city, the Song Festival remains a party, also in Maastricht or Rotterdam. ๐ŸŽ‰

Avatar Author Arnhem MunicipalityMoment of places18: 45 - July 16, 2019

yesterday at 5:36 PM

In the coming week, the project organization will pay technical working visits to both Maastricht and Rotterdam to view the city, the proposed location and the associated facilities. In August the NPO hopes to announce the city in which the 65th Eurovision Song Contest takes place.

yesterday at 5:29 PM

Song festival reporter Aran Bade thinks Maastricht is the biggest contender of the two. He praises the self-confidence of the city in Limburg and the financial space it offers.

Maastricht seems to be a favorite with its self-confidence. The map of the most European city (link with Europe, birth of the euro) also plays smartly for the city and province of Limburg. And there is enough financial room. #songfestival #comecloser

Avatar AuthorAranBadeMoment of places17: 20-16 July 2019

yesterday at 5:21 PM

Alderman Said Kasmi thinks the good news is that Rotterdam still has a chance. "We are in the starting blocks here. We think that Rotterdam is extremely suitable for organizing the Songfestival."

๐Ÿ“ฐThe news has arrived !! #Rotterdam is one of the last 2 cities for the #Eurovisie #Songfestival !! ๐ŸŽ‰ Councilor Said Kasmi says: โ€œThat is very nice news. We are in the starting blocks here. We think that Rotterdam is extremely suitable for organizing the Song Festival. "

Avatar Author Rotterdam Ahoy Moment of Places 17: 05-16 July 2019

yesterday at 5:18 PM

The selection committee has just announced that Rotterdam and Maastricht are still in the race to organize the Songfestival. "We are convinced that both Maastricht and Rotterdam would be a fantastic host city where we can welcome people from all over the Netherlands and Europe to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest with us next year," said Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Friday at 6:50 PM

The NPO confirms that there are two cities left in the battle for the organization of the Songfestival. They will announce the two cities next week. The selection committee bases its selection on the bid books submitted by Arnhem, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Wednesday at 7:11 PM

A blunder for Arnhem: the municipality placed an image of the Nijmegen bridge on their promobus instead of the John Frost bridge, which is in Arnhem.

LOL! Arnhem puts Nijmegen Waalbrug on promotion bus for the Songfestival instead of its own John Frostbrug. Clear difference can be seen in the double outer arch. Starbucks also made this mistake once:

Avatar Author Lennart Huurman Moment of places 10: 28 - 10 July 2019

Wednesday at 7:04 PM

Maastricht also made a video to make the Eurovision organization warm for their city. Experts say Maastricht has the greatest chance of becoming a host city.

Watch the promotion video of Songfestival candidate Maastricht

Wednesday at 7:01 PM

The bid book of Utrecht states that they do not want to guarantee the availability of hotels and locations for side events. They also do not want to meet the requirement to have day and night coaches ready for all delegations. The municipality proposes to walk, cycle or use public transportation.

Wednesday, July 10 at 4:29 PM

NPO broadcaster Shula Rijxman thinks it is "fantastic to see with what enthusiasm and attention" the five cities have been working on their bid books. "Whatever city it will be in the future: I thank all the cities for the work they have done and I look forward to all those wonderful proposals that are already here at this wonderful event!"

Wednesday, July 10 at 4:17 PM

The mayor and aldermen of Utrecht say they would like to bring the organization of the Songfestival to Utrecht, but do not want to take any financial risks. This means that the intended location the Jaarbeurs and partners must organize the event independently with their own money.

As the buildings of the Jaarbeurs are not high enough to serve as a location, the plan is to set up a special tent in the parking area. The tent must accommodate ten thousand people and must have the required height of 18 meters.

Wednesday, July 10 at 4:14 PM

Arnhem presents their bid book in the fabric of the suit that Duncan Laurence wore at the Eurovision Song Contest. They have chosen Celebrate Freedom as their theme. If Arnhem becomes the organizing city, then the shows take place at the GelreDome.

Wednesday, July 10 at 4:11 PM

Where the Eurovision is not going to take place, is in capital Amsterdam. To the great dissatisfaction of Gerard Joling, he told in Jinek .

The #Songfestival will not be organized in Amsterdam next year ... And that is bothering @gerardjoling ๐Ÿ‘‡

Avatar Author :JinekMoment of places00: 06 - July 9, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 at 4:03 PM

Song festival commentator Cornald Maas can laugh at the slogan that Den Bosch came up with.

Fully agree. And 'Douze de greetings' (Den Bosch slogan) - I will keep it in anyway, when I travel back to my birthplace in Brabant ๐Ÿ˜‚

Avatar AuthorCornald MaasMoment of places13: 03 - July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 at 3:54 PM

Rotterdam is going for a "grand" Songfestival. They do not yet want to release details about the content of the bid book, but they have shared a video in which they show the atmosphere of the city. Ahoy would be the location of the event.

Watch the promotion video of Songfestival candidate Rotterdam

Wednesday, July 10 at 3:48 PM

The theme of the Maastricht bid book is Come Closer , with which the municipality wants to create more intimacy in the "exuberant Eurovision Song Contest". "Without taking anything away from the spectacle, but by adding something of the Limburg soul," they write. According to Mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Maastricht is the perfect location for the Songfestival. "An internationally oriented city, at the crossroads of Europe. A city that has everything and yet is uncluttered, full of character and atmosphere."

Wednesday, July 10 at 3:05 PM

Singer Naaz, however, already announced via Twitter that she did not want to participate, since she does not see music as a competition.

Wednesday, July 10 at 3:00 PM

As a Dutch participant for the Song Contest of 2020, the name of singer Davina Michelle is regularly mentioned. Winner Duncan Laurence also mentioned her, alongside pop artist Naaz.

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:46 PM

Several Dutch presenters have already shown interest in the presentation of the Songfestival. Wendy van Dijk, Eva Jinek, Tim Douwsma and Jan Smit, among others, were happy to take on the role when asked.

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:40 PM

Should Arnhem become the city that will organize the Eurovision Song Contest, football club Vitesse sees it as an option to move to another stadium for a few weeks. However, the precise conditions still need to be discussed.

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:25 PM

Netta, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2018, is not yet good at predicting the organizing city. In 2018 the Israeli, after her win, called on everyone to come to Jerusalem, while the festival was finally organized in Tel Aviv. After Duncan Laurence was declared the winner, she called that we are all going to Amsterdam ...

Netta announces wrong host cities since 2018

Avatar Author Kelly ๐ŸŒบMoment of places17: 30 - July 4, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:22 PM

In the first instance, nine cities applied to take on the organization for the Song Festival. However, Leeuwarden, The Hague, Breda and Amsterdam also failed to do so for various reasons. Zwolle indicated earlier that they were also interested, but nevertheless refused to register officially.

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:21 PM

What exactly must a city meet to organize the Song Contest?

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:15 PM

Read more about the plans of the five cities here. At which location do they want to organize the festival and how much money is available?

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:14 PM

The cities of Arnhem, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht submitted a bidbook on Wednesday 10 July. That means that these five cities are still in the race to organize the festival.

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:12 PM

Thanks to the victory of Duncan Laurence, the Netherlands can organize the Songfestival in 2020. Relive his victory again with this video.

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