Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley will present the Eurovision Song Contest. The trio will enter the large Ahoy stage in Rotterdam on 12, 14 and 16 May and will thus reach an international audience of about 180 million people.
In addition to the live shows, Janzen, Rombley and Smit will also interview the artists in the greenroom and lead the scoring, according to the NPO, NOS and AVROTROS.
"With this presentation trio we choose three people with a huge dose of presentation talent, who all started their career as artists," says Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
The three of them will be in De Wereld Draait Door on Wednesday evening to talk about their presentation job.
Names of three have already been mentioned
The names of Smit, Janzen and Rombley have been around for some time. Smit has provided commentary for the Song Festival with Cornald Maas since 2011. The singer is currently suffering from a throat infection and has had to cancel performances.
"Jan is accessible, authentic and keeps his head cool during large live shows - exactly the qualities that we need to make the presentation of the Eurovision Song Contest more personal," says Bakker about the singer and presenter.
Hello Europe, Finally the word is out! Next year, Together with these wonderful ladies @ChantalJanzen & @EdsiliaRombley, I will be hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam! #Openup # ESC2020 #Eurovision #SongfestivalPhoto: NPO / NOS / AVROTROS - @WilliamRuttenAvatar
Also for Rombley this is not her first introduction to the Songfestival, she participated twice before and ended in fourth place in 1998 with the song Hemel & Aarde . "Twice the Eurovision Song Contest, twice the scoring, twice Eurovision in Concert, and then she is also one of the most authentic and idiosyncratic artists in our country," says Bakker about the former Eurovision participant.
"I am very grateful for this unique opportunity", Rombley shares on her Instagram account. "I can't believe how much I'm looking forward to this (and how nervous I am)."
Organization has consciously opted for someone outside of NPO
Janzen previously denied being asked to cooperate with the Eurovision Song Contest, which is being organized in the Netherlands for the first time in forty years. "It's an NPO party, so to speak. And I understand that you ask people from the NPO for that," she told RTL Boulevard .
"Chantal Janzen is one of the most talented presenters in the Netherlands with extensive experience in large live entertainment shows at home and abroad," says Bakker about Janzen. "We have deliberately chosen to be open to talent from outside the public service broadcaster."
"As a presenter, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, and that RTL grants me this 'trip'. I am really looking forward to doing this with a fantastic team!", The presenter shares.
"We think it's great fun and honorable for Chantal," says RTL program director Peter van der Vorst. "Now the whole world can get to know her humor and charm. 'Douze points' for this choice of the NPO. And it's great that we, as RTL, can also do our bit to contribute to this event that is so important for its appearance and the image of the Netherlands. "
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12.4 million available for Songfestival in the Netherlands
It was announced earlier on Wednesday that Minister Arie Slob for Media made 12.4 million euros available for the Dutch Public Broadcasting (NPO).
The organization had asked for this amount to be able to pay for the event next year. The amount that Slob wants to contribute comes from advertising income from the Ster.
"With the aforementioned contribution, I hope that the Eurovision Song Contest will be a great success. Its broadcast will create national and international connections and contribute to the visibility of the Netherlands," Slob says in the letter he sent to the Lower House.
The European Broadcasting Union pays 9.6 million euros. The NPO contributes 2.5 million euros and the organizing broadcaster AVROTROS pays 2 million.
The Songfestival takes place next year on 12, 14 and 16 May in Rotterdam thanks to the victory of Duncan Laurence earlier this year. The Dutch singer won in May with his song Arcade .