Rotterdam is organizing the Eurovision Song Contest, the content of the bidbook was announced on Thursday. 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 opening ceremony of the festival, usually on the Sunday before the first semifinal, may possibly be held on the Erasmus Bridge. The Coolsingel is also suggested in the bidbook.

6 minutes ago

Rotterdam wants the Songfestival to be for everyone and not just a party for the elite: "Rotterdam has a lot to offer, but it also has a request to the organization. For example, it wants Rotterdammers who have to make ends meet in daily life, offer an unforgettable experience, for example attending rehearsals or preliminary rounds. The city asks the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest to think about this. "

6 minutes ago

On Thursday, the municipality of Rotterdam made the bid book with which they registered for the organization public. It contains a lot of details, but many important elements have been made illegible.

42 minutes ago

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Netherlands, but that does not stop the organization of the annual Eurovision In Concert. Also this year, the participants of the upcoming edition are invited to Amsterdam for a concert in AFAS Live. The show takes place on April 4.

Rotterdam has Eurovision; Amsterdam has Eurovision in Concert! 2020 The 2020 edition of Eurovision in Concert will take place on Saturday, April 4 at AFAS Live! Save the date! 🎉🇳🇱 #EurovisioninConcert #eurovision #songfestival # EiC2020 #amsterdam #afaslive

Avatar AuthorEurovisionInConcertMoment of places20: 00 - September 6, 2019

an hour ago

In the so-called innovation challenge, in which the public broadcaster asked to send innovative tech ideas for the upcoming Songfestival, ten finalists were selected from 209 entries.

The finalists are from the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Norway and Belgium. The ideas will be presented on 30 September.

Saturday, August 31 at 2:17 PM

Since Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest, the number of members of the Dutch branch of Eurovision Fan Club OGAE has risen explosively. The number of members has tripled from 400 to more than 1200 in a few months.

"The explosive growth of the fan club shows that the song festival is alive and kicking in the Netherlands," says board member Erik Bolks, who says he works overtime to keep up with the ever-growing membership.

Saturday, August 31 at 12:43 PM

Many hotels in and Rotterdam are already sold out for next year for the period from 12 to 16 May if the Eurovision Song Contest is held there. Booking sites like and report that they no longer have any rooms in Rotterdam during that period.

Saturday, August 31 at 12:42 PM

Cornald Maas will play an advisory role during the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, the regular commentator says on Twitter on Saturday. "In response to questions: in addition to a few other things, and more about that later, I will be the creative advisor of the creative and organizing team," said Maas, who is expected to provide the commentary again in the semi-finals and final next year.

Nav questions: I will be next to a few other things; more about that later on - 'creative advisor' from the creative and organizing team # songfestival2020

Avatar AuthorCornald MaasMoment of places11: 16 - 31 August 2019

Friday, August 30 at 4:56 PM

View (click here) the bid offer from Rotterdam.

Friday, August 30 at 4:55 PM

Alderman Richard de Mos in The Hague: "The Hague supports the Rotterdam nomination. I have called the Rotterdam alderman Said Kasmi and together we are looking at how The Hague can help organize the Songfestival and how we can invest in it together. Den The Hague has a direct metro connection with Ahoy, so it makes sense that together with Rotterdam we will also bring our hotels, attractions, museums and activities to the attention of visitors. "

Friday, August 30 at 1:39 PM

The COC, the interest group for the LGBT community, wants to bring the Songfestival a bit to Maastricht. They are planning to set up a song festival street in the city. "We're just going to make it a huge party here in the cafe", Tamara van Bogaert, director of COC Limburg. "Perhaps on the street if that succeeds, we will simply turn it into a large song festival street. Song lovers are also in Maastricht and we are just going to offer a place where they can all go."

Friday, August 30 at 1:08 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 1:05 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 1:03 PM

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.

Friday, August 30 at 12:54

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.

Friday, August 30 at 12:54

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:51

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'

Friday, August 30 at 12:45 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:41

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:37

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:34 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:31 PM

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


Avatar Author pauldeleeuwMoment of places12: 01 - 30 August 2019

Friday, August 30 at 12:28

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:25

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.

Friday, August 30 at 12:23

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.

Friday, August 30 at 12:20

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:18

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 like to keep the city involved in the event in May next year. "

Friday, August 30 at 12:17

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.

Friday, August 30 at 12:11

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:08

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:06 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:05 PM

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

Friday, August 30 at 12:03

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

Thursday, August 29 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, August 28 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.

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