A different EUROVISION Song Contest in the time of the pandemy


    The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled but an alternative was created.

    Later on Saturday evening, on the night that this year’s song contest was due to take place, May 16, the BBC joined with other European broadcasters for Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, to honour all 41 songs which would have competed this year. The event was hosted from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where the contest was due to take place. The 41 acts from around Europe were asked to perform the songs they would have sung in the 2020 competition. Unlike the usual competition, this was non-competitive so there was no official voting. None of the 2020 songs will be carried over to next year. Instead, countries will select new entrants for the 2021 contest. Several countries – including Greece, Spain and Bulgaria – have confirmed they will send the same acts next year to give the artists a second chance, but they will have to perform different songs.

    A special competition called Eurovision Come Together was inside the broadcasted event.\. The BBC showed performances from past years of the contest, from 1958 until 2019. The shortlist was chosen by a panel of experts and celebrity superfans before fans had the final decision. The special programme featured performances from 19 acts before viewers at home were invited to vote for their favourites. Abba’s Waterloo was voted best song of all time.


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