THE EBU HAS CONFIRMED THE NEWS LATER TODAY
Following the announcement, that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be cancelled due to the coronavirus, many fans wondered if this years songs will be able to compete at next years Eurovision Song Contest.
The EBU has just announced that the songs chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will not be able to compete at Eurovision 2021 as the EBU will do a different program for these songs. The statement is as follows:
“The EBU and its Members are currently exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times”
As it seems, the EBU will honour this years songs in a different way with a special program which will be broadcasted in all 41 participating countries most probably.
The EBU continues:
“It is our intention in this programming, and on our online platforms in the coming months, to honour the songs and artists which have been chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.”
The EBU gives this as the reason why this years songs will not be able to compete in 2021, stating:
“With that in mind, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing body, has decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, this years songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.”
The broadcasters will be able to decide if they want to keep their chosen artists for next year as well, the EBU confirms:
“At their discretion, Participating Broadcasters may decide which artist(s) to send in 2021, either this year’s or a newly chosen one.”
Read the full statement below:
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 20, 2020
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