The Eurovision Song Contest has been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers confirmed on Wednesday. This is the first time that the competition has ever been scrapped.
This year's contest was set to take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in May, with 41 countries taking part in two semi-finals and a final. "We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation," the show's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said in a statement. Eurovision began in 1956. It’s the longest-running annual international television contest and one of the world's longest-running television programmes. It has been broadcast in several countries that do not compete, such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and China, having an audience between 100 million and 600 million internationally.
Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands winning Eurovision
Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. The most recent winner is Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands who won the 2019 event with the song "Arcade".