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 takes place in May 2020 in Rotterdam.

  • The Netherlands organizes the Eurovision Song Contest after Duncan Laurence became the first Dutch winner in 44 years with his song Arcade .
  • On August 30, the NPO announced that Rotterdam will be the place where the Songfestival is organized.
  • The two semi-finals and the final will take place on 12, 14 and 16 May.

2 minutes ago

The organizing broadcasters announced the winning city on Friday with a video featuring Duncan Laurence. "In a city where everyone can be different", the singer says about Rotterdam in a video, where he stands in front of the Erasmus Bridge. In the video, the Netherlands is introduced as a host country based on images from different cities, people and festivities.

Organization Songfestival declares Rotterdam a host city

4 minutes ago

Clairvoyant Ria knew for sure: the Songfestival would come to Maastricht.

It is already clear to clairvoyant Ria. The #song festival is coming to #Maastricht! She already had that vision a few years ago.

Avatar Author1LimburgMoment of places11: 13 - 30 August 2019

6 minutes ago

André Rieu is disappointed that the festival is not coming to his city Maastricht, but nevertheless congratulates Rotterdam. "It is of course unfortunate for our city that the Eurovision Song Contest is not coming to Maastricht, but my orchestra and I are very proud of the fact that it is coming to the Netherlands," the violinist told the ANP.

15 minutes ago

Rotterdam Festivals, the coordinator of the events policy in the city, is according to a spokesperson "very happy" that the Songfestival comes to Rotterdam. "We will make it a party for the entire city." It is still unclear how Rotterdam Festivals is involved in the organization of the Songfestival.

15 minutes ago

Duncan Laurence, who had previously announced his hope for Rotterdam as a host city, shares a cheerful poison that it is now known that Ahoy will be the host location. "Rotterdam, are you ready?", Tweets the singer who won the prize this year. Laurence grew up in Hellevoetsluis, close to Rotterdam.

ROTTERDAM ARE YOU READY? !!! #eurovision @rotterdamahoy

Avatar Author dunclaurence Time of posting 12: 01 - 30 August 2019

18 minutes ago

Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam, is confident that the 'Song Festival' is in good hands with 'his' city. "Roll up sleeves and get started in 2020."

Aboutaleb happy with Songfestival in Rotterdam: 'We can handle this'

24 minutes ago

Giel Beelen was convinced that the Songfestival would take place in Maastricht. Now that the opposite appears to be true, the radio presenter pulls a bag over his head in shame. "Apologies accepted", is the reaction of Songfestival producer Sietse Bakker.

Rotterdam ... 😶 #ESC #Songfestival #Maastricht

Avatar AuthorGiel BeelenMoment of places11: 56 - August 30, 2019

28 minutes ago

The Erasmus Bridge will turn green-white-green tonight, the colors of Rotterdam. "Because we are super proud."

The #Eurovision #Songfestival 2020 is coming to #Rotterdam. This was announced today. The #Erasmusbrug #Rotterdam will turn green-white-green tonight, the colors of @Rotterdam, because we are super # proud. # ESC2020 #Eurovision

Avatar AuthorCity Management010Moment of places12: 01 - 30 August 2019

32 minutes ago

The Rotterdam police are already prepared for the Songfestival. "Let it come," tweets the Maasstad police account.

Yes! The Songfestival is coming to #Rotterdam! Bring it on. # ESF2020 #makeithappen #my town

Avatar AuthorPolitie Rotterdam eoMoment of places12: 32 - 30 August 2019

35 minutes ago

Fred van Leer from Rotterdam is no surprise that his city has been chosen. "Yes, duh."

Yes Duh ...... #eurovision #rotterdam # 010 ❤️🎉💪🏻

Avatar AuthorfredvanleerMoment of places12: 00 - August 30, 2019

38 minutes ago

Paul de Leeuw responds loudly to the news. The presenter was born in Rotterdam.


Avatar Author pauldeleeuwMoment of places12: 01 - 30 August 2019

41 minutes ago

De Kuip stadium, another major event location in Rotterdam, congratulates Ahoy. "What a great event in our city!"

Congratulations, @rotterdamahoy! What a great event in our city 🙌🏻 #Eurovision #songfestival

Avatar AuthorStadion FeijenoordMoment of places12: 26 - 30 August 2019

44 minutes ago

Maastricht's mayor Penn-te Strake responded to De Limburger . "We have worked hard and I think we have shown what we can and that we have something beautiful to offer. I congratulate Rotterdam. I heartily wish them." The NPO will later announce why they have chosen Rotterdam.

an hour ago

More than 634,000 people live in Rotterdam. Ahoy was built in 1970 and was the setting for various major music events, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival.

an hour ago

Ryanne van Dorst from Rotterdam had already expected Rotterdam to be able to organize the festival. "Was Maastricht seriously an option?"

HAHAHA JAAAAAAAAAA !! Was Maastricht seriously an option? # ESF2020 #ROTTERDAM #OPDEFIETS

Avatar AuthorRyanne van DorstMoment of places12: 03 - 30 August 2019

an hour ago

The choice for the city of Rotterdam was not easy, the organization emphasizes. "We want to thank Maastricht and the province of Limburg for their energy, enthusiasm and hospitality in the recent period. Maastricht has shown that it is a city where the Eurovision Song Contest lives enormously and we would therefore like to keep the city involved in the event in May next year. "

an hour ago

On the website of the Eurovision Song Contest you can read that the two semifinals and the final will be organized on Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 May.

an hour ago

Presenter Sipke Jan Bousema presented the Junior Songfestival in Ahoy in 2007 and has "very good memories". "It's going to be big in Rotterdam."

The #songfestival back in #Rotterdam I have very good memories of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 in @rotterdamahoy and wish Rotterdam this gigantic big party that connects many people. It's going to be big in Rotterdam! Looking forward! @Eurovision

Avatar AuthorSipke Jan BousemaMoment of places12: 09 - 30 August 2019

an hour ago

Ahoy in Rotterdam will be the place where the Songfestival will be held next year. The event hall is happy to be able to do this and calls it an honor to be able to house the festival.

Yeaaahh! The Eurovision Song Contest is coming to Rotterdam !! What an honor to be able to accommodate such a large event. #Rotterdam #Ahoy #Eurovision #Songfestival #Eurovisie #Netherlands #duncan #music #festival #rotterdammakeithappen

Avatar Author Rotterdam Ahoy Time of places 12: 04 - 30 August 2019

an hour ago

Sietse Bakker, the executive producer of the event, congratulates the Maasstad. He also expresses his appreciation for Maastricht, which was also a contender for being allowed to present the Songfestival.

The Eurovision #Songfestival 2020 will be held in Rotterdam. Congratulations! And of course a lot of thanks and appreciation for Maastricht, which has shown its best side in this process!

Avatar AuthorSietse BakkerMoment of places12: 00 - August 30, 2019

an hour ago

Song festival commentator Cornald Maas is happy with Rotterdam as a choice. "Yes! Rotterdam it is. City of vistas, open water, open view, diversity and hands-on sleeves."

Yes! Rotterdam it is. City of vistas, open water, open view, diversity and hands-on sleeves. Very suitable for organizing #songfestival # ESC2020

Avatar AuthorCornald MaasMoment of places12: 00 - August 30, 2019

an hour ago

Rotterdam has been chosen as the city that will be organizing the festival next year. The organizing broadcasters announced this Friday.

yesterday at 1:03 PM

Two days before it becomes known which city the organization of the Song Festival will take on, there is a web page online from which it can be concluded that Rotterdam will be host city. However, the EBU states that that page was visible due to a technical error and that Rotterdam and Maastricht both have a chance to organize the event.

Wednesday at 9:14 AM

Marnix Kaart and Marc Pos are the directors of the live shows of the Eurovision Song Contest. They previously made Idols, Holland's Got Talent and the Televiziergala, among others. The music festival consists of a total of three live broadcasts. Map focuses on recording the performances of different countries, Pos on the structure of the shows, the set design and the show blocks that can be seen between the performances of the participating artists.

Friday, August 9 at 8:06 PM

In a little while we will know: on Friday 30 August we will hear the redeeming word. Then we finally know if the honor goes to Maastricht or Rotterdam.

Monday, August 5 at 3:57 PM

The municipalities of Maastricht and Rotterdam have until Friday (9 August) to add extra information to their bid books. The selection committee had some additional questions after visiting the cities. "It is really all about the dots," said a spokesperson for the municipality of Rotterdam.

Wednesday, July 31 at 1:00 PM

In a little while we will know: which city will organize the Songfestival in 2020? Reporters Jesse Taat and Lara Zevenberg were shown around in Maastricht and Rotterdam.

Song Contest: World City or Burgundian Life?

Thursday, July 18 at 1:24 PM

Albert Verlinde will be the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of MECC Maastricht, the location where the Songfestival will take place if Maastricht is going to organize it. That was announced on Thursday. It is still unclear what role Verlinde will play in the Eurovision, should Maastricht be chosen by the Eurovision Commission.

Wednesday, July 17 at 4:26 PM

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 hall in the MECC 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."

Wednesday, July 17 at 12:06 PM

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."

Wednesday, July 17 at 12:04

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.

Wednesday, July 17 at 10:19

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.

Tuesday, July 16 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. 😢 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

Tuesday, July 16 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. 🎉

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

Tuesday, July 16 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.

Tuesday, July 16 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.

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

Avatar AuthorAranBadeMoment of places17: 20-16 July 2019

Tuesday, July 16 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."

📰The news has arrived !! #Rotterdam is one of the last 2 cities for the #Eurovisie #Songfestival !! 🎉 Councilor Said Kasmi says: “That 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

Tuesday, July 16 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, July 12 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, July 10 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, July 10 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, July 10 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 👇

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 😂

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

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