A look at the basics of the 2020 Song Contest and the key landmarks in the build-up.
The contest will be staged in Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena. The arena was opened in 1971 and has a seating capacity of 16,000. It’s home to an annual tennis tournament on the ATP tour and has previously staged a European Indoor Athletics championship and Junior Eurovision in 2007.
This years event will see three presenters. From left to right we have Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit.
Edsilia is well known to Eurovision fans, she represented the Netherlands at the 1998 contest in Birmingham where she finished a strong fourth. She had a second go in 2007 but her entry failed to make it to the final in Helsinki.
Chantal is an actress, singer and TV presenter. She has starred in Dutch versions of stage musicals including Beauty And The Beast and Wicked, and has hosted multiple TV talent shows.
Jan has had a successful singing career spanning over two decades, starting as a boyband member in the Nineties. He went on to specialize in Dutch language songs and the “schlager” style, he has also been in the commentary box for Dutch TV at Eurovision.
Forty-one countries have been confirmed as competing in Rotterdam, the same number as in Tel Aviv. Bulgaria and Ukraine return to the contest while Hungary and Montenegro skip the 65th Eurovision. The hosts Netherlands plus the “big five” of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are automatic finalists. The other thirty-five will compete in two semi-finals.
January 28 – Semi Allocation Draw. Countries are drawn into one of two semis and into first or second half.
03 Czech Republic, Greece
08 Australia, Italy, Latvia, Malta
15 Armenia, Lithuania, Norway
22 Slovenia, Ukraine
29 Estonia, Iceland, Ukraine
07 Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Sweden
May 12 – First Semi Final
May 14 – Second Semi Final
May 16 – Grand Final