The creative team is complete, the first stage design has been unveiled and some countries have already selected a participant. In this live blog we will keep you informed of all developments concerning the 2020 Song Festival in Rotterdam.

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 hours ago

Eric van Tijn will take the position of Musical Director for the Eurovision Song Contest. The composer will lead the special acts for the Songfestival musically and will make the sound for the coming edition. It is not the first time that Van Tijn, himself known as the musical leader of The Passion and as a jury member for Idols and X Factor, has been involved in the Songfestival. He wrote the song Hemel & Aarde, with which Edsilia Rombley achieved fourth place in 1998.

yesterday at 4:26 PM

Cyprus has also chosen a representative for the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020. The choice was made internally by the German singer Sandro Nicolas. He participated in the German version of The Voice in 2018. The 23-year-old singer, born as Alessandro Rütten, has a Greek mother and American father.

Cyprus sends German singer Sandro Nicolas

yesterday at 4:12 PM

And that's how the stage will look in Rotterdam.

Monday, November 25 at 4:30 PM

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Media Arie Slob says in the parliamentary debate that 'most signals are green' to get the required 12.4 million euros from the media reserve. The minister says he will make a final decision at the beginning of December. If Slob then decides that the amount can indeed be taken out of the media reserve, the financing for the Song Contest of 2020 seems to be around.

Monday, November 25 at 3:22 PM

For five years now, Spain has not been able to finish in the top 20 countries of the Song Contest, while they are automatically allocated a place in the finals as money lenders. This year, Spanish broadcaster TVE has put hopes on singer Blas Cantó. He was selected as a candidate for Rotterdam in May without a national final. It is not yet known which song he will sing.

Spain is represented by singer Blas Cantó

Monday, November 25 at 3:09 PM

Bulgaria returns to the Eurovision Song Contest after a year of absence due to financial problems from the broadcaster. The country was extremely successful in 2016 and 2017. Poli Genova and Kristian Kostov then took fourth and second place in the country. In 2020, Bulgaria will be represented by singer Victoria Georgieva, who will perform under the stage name VICTORIA. Her entry will be presented in March, but she recently released the single I Wanna Know.

VICTORIA for Bulgaria to Songfestival

Monday, November 25 at 12:36

The Italian Song Contest entry of 2019, Mahmood, currently has the most listened Song Festival song in history on Spotify. His Soldi , with which he finished in second place behind Duncan Laurence, has now been streamed more than 130 million times. With this, Mahmood recently passed Loreen with Euphoria , the Swedish winning song from 2012. Arcade by Duncan Laurence has now been listened to more than 83 million times on the streaming platform.

Saturday, November 16 at 8:30 AM

Montenegro has a notable reason not to participate in the Song Festival anymore.

Thursday, November 14 at 11:59

This year, just like last year, 41 countries are participating in the Song Festival, but they are not exactly the same countries. Hungary and Montenegro, for example, have decided to ignore the Rotterdam edition. Bulgaria returns after a year of absence for financial reasons. Ukraine refused to participate last year following a controversy in the national final. The winner Maruv had planned performances in Russia, which was contrary to the conditions to represent her country. She decided not to abandon these performances and also the artists who finished second and third were not eligible for the ticket to Tel Aviv. Then it was decided not to participate. This year Ukraine will again try to find a suitable candidate.

Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 PM

The theme of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam has also been announced.

Eurovision theme announced

Wednesday, October 2 at 09:47

The Belgian band Hooverphonic, known for their hit Mad about You, is going to the Songfestival on behalf of Belgium. Just like in the Netherlands, the Belgian entry is chosen via an internal selection. Flanders and Wallonia provide a candidate every other year. This time the Flemish selection committee opts for the band Hooverphonic, which has been active since 1995. Belgium has not been able to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years. From 2015 to 2017, however, the country reached the top ten three years in a row.

Saturday, September 21 at 4:01 PM

The Icelandic public broadcaster RÚV has been fined by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organization behind the Eurovision Song Contest, of 5,000 euros. This is because the band Hatari in the green room held Palestinian scarves in the air when they were in the picture. With this they protested against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Thursday, September 19 at 10:04

Daniel Dekker has announced that he will stop as a member of the selection committee. The radio DJ was involved for more than ten years in the choice of artists, songs and clothing. "I have been able to do and experience a lot. From radio broadcasts to television commentary, from selection to organization. From the very last to the very first. A great adventure to remember."

Thursday, September 12 at 12:37 PM

The city hopes to be able to organize the event as environmentally friendly as possible and has therefore proposed a few ways to generate as little waste as possible:

  • Do not use single-use plastic on the outdoor festival site (no straws, plastic crockery, balloons, etc.)
  • Bet on the use of recycled material (think of: crockery, decoration, decor)
  • Bet on zero food waste (and donate what's left to the food bank)

Thursday, September 12 at 12:34 PM

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.

Thursday, September 12 at 12:30 PM

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. "

Thursday, September 12 at 12:29 PM

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.

Thursday, September 12 at 11:54

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

Thursday, September 12 at 11:50 AM

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. Earlier they made Idols, Holland's Got Talent and the Televiziergala. 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.

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