The singer Tom Leeb played the song for the first time on Sunday with which France will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Follow all the news about the Songfestival in this live blog.
Welcome to this live blog about all developments around the Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in May 2020 in Rotterdam.
- The draw of the semi-finals is known
- The names of participants trickle in
- The two semi-finals and the final will take place on 12, 14 and 16 May
yesterday at 9:29 PM
France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam is called The Best in me . Tom Leeb will play the song in Rotterdam in May. The thirty-year-old singer first performed The Best in me on the Eiffel Tower on Sunday. Leeb released his debut album Recollection in September.
VideoFrench entry Songfestival sings song from the Eiffel Tower
Saturday at 11:41 PM
Ulrikke will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Attention. She was chosen Saturday night during the Melodi Grand Prix.
Ulrikke became second in 2018 in the Norwegian vocal competition Stjernekamp. In 2017, the 24-year-old singer also participated in the Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian preselection of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Prior to the national final, Attention was already one of the favorites for the win. The song was written by Christian Ingebrigtsen and Mørland who represented in Norway in 2015 with the song A Monster Like Me.
📣ATTENTION! UIrikke has won Melodi Grand Prix and will represent Norway🇳🇴 | @NRKmgp at # ESC2020 with her song Attention! Find out more👉 https://t.co/sH0N38UEmL #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #NorwayAvatar
Saturday at 11:33 PM
The Roop will represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song On Fire . The band was formed in 2014 and consists of three members. They describe their music style as a mix of pop-rock and indie. Their debut album To Whom It May Concern was released in 2015.
The Roop previously participated in Lithuania's national selection in 2018, but was not selected at the time. On Fire is about joy, feeling passion, involvement and energy.
We have a result! Lithuania has chosen The Roop to represent them in # ESC2020 with the song On Fire.Find out more👉 https://t.co/sH0N38UEmL #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #LithuaniaAvatar
Saturday at 9:43 PM
Athena Manoukian will represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Chains On You . The 25-year-old singer was born in Greece, where she participated in the national junior song festival in 2008. With the song To Fili Tis Aphroditis , Manoukian became seventh.
In 2011, Manoukian released her first single, Party Like a Freak . As a songwriter she was successful with the song Palia Mou Agapi . This song was hit for singer Helena Paparizou, the first and so far only Greek winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005.
🥳 Congratulations to @AthenaManoukian who has won Depi Evratesil with the song "Chains On You" and will represent Armenia at # ESC2020! Find out more👉 https://t.co/sH0N38UEmL #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #ArmeniaAvatar
Wednesday at 8:16 AM
In the coming days, different countries will present their entry for the upcoming Songfestival.
15 February: After weeks of preliminary rounds, Norway, Armenia and Lithuania select their candidates in national finals.
February 16: Tom Leeb, who represents France, presents his song.
17 February: The Belgian band Hooverphonic presents the entry on Monday 17 February.
Wednesday at 7:38 AM
Roxen will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The twenty-year-old singer was chosen by the Romanian broadcaster TVR. Roxen broke through in her home country last year and has two hits to her name. On March 1, the singer sings five songs during a national final. The audience and a jury of experts will then choose the song with which the singer will travel to Rotterdam in May.
Roxen will represent Romania | @_TVR at # ESC2020🇷🇴🎤The young singer from Cluj has had 2 Romanian chart toppers, and was selected by a team of music experts at TVR📺Read more about Roxen👉 https://t.co/tfrg0NpjkX #Eurovision | #OpenUp | # RomaniaAvatar
Tuesday at 8:19 AM
NikkieTutorials will be the online presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The YouTube star will report on the music event through the international online channels of the Eurovision Song Contest and also record a YouTube series with the participating artists.
VideoDuncan Laurence hoped that Nikkie would present the Songfestival
Monday at 11:15 AM
On behalf of the NOS, the Dutch company Ampco Flashlight may provide lighting and audio facilities for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, among other things. The construction of the event starts at the beginning of April, the preparations are in full swing. Dick van Berkum, CEO of Ampco Flashlight says "very happy and proud that we can contribute to this globally unique calling card from and for the Netherlands." Previously the company was also involved in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Monday at 9:52 AM
The Spanish entry Blas Cantó has sung his song Universo live for the first time.
Monday at 9:45 AM
Germany will take a different approach in 2020. After the second to last place in 2019, the German broadcaster is not organizing a national final this year, but opted for an internal selection. A jury of a hundred carefully selected German Song Contest connoisseurs and twenty international music connoisseurs who were already on the jury of the Song Contest have selected a candidate from the submitted songs. The German participant in the Songfestival will be presented on 27 February.
Germany🇩🇪 | @eurovisionde have chosen their # ESC2020 song & artist by putting expert juries in charge! entryThe entry will be revealed on 27 February📅Find out about the new selection process👉 https://t.co/Pskgigmj2n #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #GermanyAvatar
Monday at 8:40 AM
Although most countries are still busy selecting their candidate for the 2020 Song Festival, the Australian singer Dami Im is already looking a little further. Im, who sang her country to a second place in 2016 with the song Sound Of Silence , announced during the Australian national final this year that she will stand for election again next year. Singer born in South Korea says she misses the Songfestival and would like to return. The artist has a year to prepare for her participation in Australia Decides 2021.
Sunday, February 9 at 11:18 AM
Samanta Tīna will represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Still Breathing . The 30-year-old singer was elected by audience votes on Saturday evening during the final of the television program Supernova. What is certain is that Tīna is very motivated: she applied five times before to go to the Song Contest for Latvia, and twice she tried to participate for Lithuania.
Sunday, February 9 at 10:49 AM
The 17-year-old Destiny Chukunyere was elected as representative of Malta after winning the final of the Maltese version of the talent show X-Factor . Chukunyere has relevant experience: in 2015 she won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Not My Soul .
VideoDestiny Chukunyere - Not My Soul - Malta - 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Sunday, February 9 at 10:39 AM
The Italian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest is 38-year-old singer-songwriter Antonio Diodato. His song Fai Rumore won the first prize at the music festival in Sanremo. Diodato has to shorten the song a little bit, because now it is 36 seconds too long to qualify as a Songfestival number.
Saturday, February 8 at 1:30 PM
This weekend is an important moment for the Eurovision Song Contest: Italy, Latvia and Malta also choose their representatives. Many countries, unlike the Netherlands, have a big show around the preliminaries in which the public can vote on the entry.
Saturday, February 8 at 1:23 PM
This year Australia is again taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. During the local preliminaries, the decision was made to Don't Break Me by singer Montaigne. Australia finished ninth in 2019 with Kate Miller-Heidke competing with Zero Gravity . Montaigne must compete for a place in the final during the first semifinal on 12 May.
Australia🇦🇺 has decided that @actualmontaigne will perform in Rotterdam🌟.Montaigne won #AusDecides live from the Gold Coast and will now travel from down to sing 'Don't Break Me' at # ESC2020🎙️..Find out more on our website shortly, by tapping the link in our bio👆. #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #AustraliaAvatar
Wednesday, February 5 at 8:53 AM
Israel has announced its candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest. Nineteen-year-old Eden Alens will represent the country in Rotterdam in May with a number to be announced on March 3. The daughter of Ethiopian parents became famous in Israel for her victory in the talent contest X Factor. She also won the singing competition The Next Star , with which she won a ticket to Rotterdam.
The Next Star in Israel is @eden_alene! 🌟 She will represent @kan_israel, last year's hosts at # ESC2020🇮🇱🎊. Find out more on our website, by tapping the link in our bio👆. #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #IsraelAvatar
Tuesday, February 4 at 3:15 PM
Benny Cristo has been a famous artist in the Czech Republic for years. In 2009 he released his first material and in recent years he has won millions of streams for different singles.
VideoBenny Cristo - Kemama
Tuesday, February 4 at 3:08 PM
The Czech Republic also has a candidate for the Songfestival. In a national final with seven songs, which could also be voted internationally via the official Songfestival app, Benny Cristo came out as the winner. He received the most votes from the audience and the jury placed him in second place. The Angolan-Czech artist sings the song Kemama .
Benny Cristo will sing 'Kemama' for the Czech Republic🇨🇿 at # ESC2020🥳Benny won his national selection, scoring highly with both the Czech audience and international jury📱.Read more👉 https://t.co/AZdGPyfkIq #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #CzechRepublicAvatar
Monday, February 3 at 10:51 PM
Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis (17) will represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Liberakakis, born in Utrecht, participated in 2016 with the girl group Kisses for the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. "I hope to make my fellow Greeks and all Dutch people proud," said Liberakakis on Instagram.
OMG FINALLY I can confirm the rumors that have been going around for a while now: YESSS I will proudly represent my country GREECE in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam !! It's so crazy to realize that this dream has actually come true !! Many thanks to ERT for giving me this opportunity! I hope to make my fellow andλληνες and also all Dutch people so proud! I will go for it 100% and I will not let you down !! 🧡 ••• Η αλήθεια είναι ότι δυσκολεύομαι κι εγώ να το πιστέψω, αλλά μπορώ επιτέλους να επιβεβαιώσω υου Ναι, θα είμαι η εκπρόσωπος της χώρας μου στη φετινή Γιουροβίζιον στο Ρότερνταμ και ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ την ΕΡΤ που έκανε το πιο τρελό μου όνειρο πραγματικότητα !! Αν και γεννήθηκα στην Ολλανδία, έρχομαι κάθε χρόνο στην Ελλάδα και τη λατρεύω όσο θυμάμαι τον μουυ. Υπόσχομαι να κάνω ό, τι καλύτερο μπορώ και να σας κάνω υπερήφανους !! 💙 ••• # ESC2020 #Eurovision #Greece #ERT #SUPERG! RLAvatar
Thursday, January 30 at 11:11 AM
The second round of ticket sales for the Songfestival starts at noon.
Thursday, January 30 at 10:37
The second song for the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020 is known. Spain sends singer Blas Cantó with the contemporary pop song Universo .
VideoBlas Cantó presents the Spanish Eurovision entry Universo
Wednesday, January 29 at 8:40 AM
The following will play in the second semifinal:
first part: Austria, Moldova, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia
second part: Denmark, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Finland, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Portugal, Albania
Wednesday, January 29 at 8:38 AM
During the draw it was already known in which part of the semi-final the countries will perform.
For the first semifinal it looks like this:
first part: Northern Macedonia, Belarus, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, Australia, Ireland, Russia
second part: Norway, Cyprus, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Belgium
Wednesday, January 29 at 8:37 AM
Belgium is competing against a few countries that achieved good results in recent years. For example, Sweden has not been in the top 10 once in the last ten years. Russia managed to reach the top 10 seven times during the last ten participations. Since the first participation in 2015, Australia has never missed the ticket to the final and in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 it won the top ten.
Wednesday, January 29 at 8:32 AM
The Belgian entry Hooverphonic enters the first semifinal. It is the first time since 2015 that the Netherlands and Belgium are voting in the same semi-final.
Wednesday, January 29 at 8:19 AM
The Netherlands can vote in the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. Because the Netherlands won the festival last year, Jeangu Macrooy has automatically been placed for the final.
Wednesday, January 22 at 6:10 PM
Salvador Sobral, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, says he plays a role in the upcoming film about the Eurovision Song Contest. In the Prova Oral talk show, the Portuguese announced that he would take on the role of street musician. In the film by Will Ferrell you can also see Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. According to Sobral, the film will appear on Netflix in May, the month of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Tuesday, January 21 at 1:50 PM
In the meantime, Jeangu Macrooy teaches us how to pronounce his name.
@ JeanguMacrooy has heard his name so often wrong lately that he thought maybe I should record a tutorial. Emma van Yung DWDD wanted to help him with that. #DWDD # eurovision2020 #JeanguNondejuAvatar
Tuesday, January 21 at 1:39 PM
It looks like the preparations for drawing lots are going smoothly.
VideoJan Smit practices with Chantal Janzen for the Songfestival
Tuesday, January 21 at 1:32 PM
The Spanish entry of Blas Cantó now has a title. The song with which he represents his country is called Universo . Thursday January 23 it will be clear when the song can be heard for the first time.
'Universo es la canción de @BlasCanto para Festival de Eurovisión 2020📌Y este jueves se publicará la PORTADA y sabremos la FECHA DE ESTRENO de la canción y el video clip de Universo #EuroEstreno # UniversoBlas👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 https://t.co/AeBtCjF5HmAvatar
Tuesday, January 21 at 1:29 PM
Edsilia Rombley and her colleagues are preparing to present the draw, which takes place on Tuesday 28 January.
So excited for the allocation draw for @Eurovision next week !! Prepping with @JanSmit and @chantaljanzen AS WE SPEAK esc # esc2020 # esf2020 @songfestival #songfestival #openupAvatar
Tuesday, January 21 at 1:25 PM
Latvian-Dutch singer and producer ANNNA from Amsterdam makes an attempt to represent Latvia in Rotterdam. With her song Polyester, with which she wants to draw attention to the environmental pollution of the clothing industry, she is one of the nine finalists of Supernova, the show in which the participating song is chosen. The final will take place on 8 February.
VideoANNNA from Amsterdam makes an attempt in Latvia
Tuesday, January 21 at 12:27 PM
In Op1 , musical director Eric van Tijn has announced that this year no well-known international artist will perform as a guest artist during the Songfestival. Van Tijn prefers home-grown artists, but is not yet allowed to say who will perform. Madonna gave a controversial performance during the final of the last edition. In 2016 Justin Timberlake gave a performance during the final.
Monday, January 20 at 2:16 PM
The fifteen-year-old Dutch DJ Pieter Gabriel is going to make a song for the opening of the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. He does this with the help of Eric van Tijn, who has been appointed as musical director. The song will be heard during the flag parade, with the participating artists being introduced one by one.
Monday, January 20 at 1:50 PM
The European Broadcasting Union has chosen a new executive supervisor after Jon Ola Sand recently announced that he would quit. Martin Österdahl, as executive supervisor, will oversee the voting process and announces before the scoring if everything went according to plan with the votes counted.
Monday, January 20 at 1:38 PM
The national finals have erupted in various countries in Europe. In the Czech Republic people even call in help from abroad. Not only within the Czech Republic, but anyone with the official Eurovision app can vote for seven selected songs. You can vote until 2 February and the winner will be announced on 3 February. The winning artist performs in May during the Songfestival in Rotterdam.
Thursday, January 16 at 6:29 PM
All former participants of the Songfestival will receive an invitation to be present at the event, says NPO chairman Shula Rijxman on Thursday in her New Year's speech. "From Lenny Kuhr to the Toppers. And from Anouk to Teach-inn. Our national music history under one roof at the grand finale of 'our' song festival. It will be a unique edition, on which a fantastic team is working hard at the moment."
Thursday, January 16 at 10:12
Eurovision In Concert will be organized again in AFAS Live in Amsterdam on Saturday 4 April. A large proportion of the participants of the 2020 Song Festival will perform. Blas Cantó (Spain), Victoria (Bulgaria) and Hooverphonic (Belgium, photo) have already been confirmed.
Thursday, January 16 at 8:54 AM
Northern Macedonia has also chosen an artist for the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020. They send singer Vasil Garvanliev. For Garvanliev, the Song Contest stage is not unknown territory. The singer was in the background choir of Tamara Todevska last year, who won the jury vote on behalf of Northern Macedonia and finished in seventh place in total.
Thursday, January 16 at 8:25 AM
In the studio at 3FM, Song Contest winner Duncan Laurence reacts to the choice of Jeangu Macrooy: "I think it's a top singer and I'm very curious about his song." Laurence will not interfere with the submission this year. "Jeangu has to do that himself." The singer says it is important that the artist is given the opportunity to tell his own story on the Songfestival stage.
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:45 AM
"Jeangu Macrooy belongs in the list of self-willed artists that the Netherlands has sent to the Song Contest in recent years," said manager and producer Perquisite.
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:39 AM
The Dutch entry Jeangu Macrooy calls his Song festival song the most beautiful thing he has ever made.
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:35 AM
Following the example of the Netherlands, France has also announced who they send to the Song Festival. Tom Leeb's name has been circulating for some time, but the French broadcaster has now confirmed that the singer is traveling to Rotterdam in May. With which song he does that, they keep a secret. Leeb started his career as an actor and comedian, but has since also released an album. He mainly sings in English.
VideoTom Leeb on behalf of France to Rotterdam
Friday, January 10 at 4:55 PM
NU.nl editors Jesse Taat and Lara Zevenberg talk to you about Jeangu Macrooy.
VideoThis is the Dutch entry Jeangu Macrooy and that's how he sounds
Friday, January 10 at 4:14 PM
That promises a lot of good!
The Netherlands' #Eurovision 2020 singer @JeanguMacrooy has the same birthday as # ESC2014 winner @ConchitaWurst. November 6 is for winners, baby! 🇳🇱 🇳🇱Avatar
Friday, January 10 at 4:07 PM
Sietse Bakker, main producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, welcomes Macrooy to the Song Festival family.
Welcome to the family @JeanguMacrooy, we are honored that you represent the Netherlands at the first Eurovision Song Contest in our country in 40 years! #OpenUp https://t.co/UhiGJXcjETAvatar
Friday, January 10 at 3:59 PM
Singer Jordan Roy, who according to Shownieuws would go to the Songfestival, has reacted sportingly to the selection of Jeangu Macrooy. "Super fat, have fun and enjoy the roller coaster," he says on Instagram.
Friday, January 10 at 3:53 PM
Song festival presenter and former participant Edsilia Rombley calls on Jeangu Macrooy to mainly enjoy the adventure.
Congrats on the big news representing The Netherlands at the @Eurovision Song Contest, @JeanguMacrooy !!! Enjoy the adventure, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity (or maybe twice .....) !! # ESC2020 #eurovision #openup # ESF2020 @AVROTROSAvatar