A question by opposition MP Ayhan Barut may be the reason for the Turkish parliament to discuss the reasons for the country’s abstention from the Eurovision Song Contest. Ayhan Barut is a member of the main opposition party, the Kemalist Party, CHP. In his question to the government, he wonders if the reason for the failure of Turkish Public Television (TRT) to participate in the competition is the pressure exerted by the Erdogan government in this regard.
THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱
Daniël Dekker served TROS as the man in the selection process for the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for 10 years. Alongside he commentated the event for the broadcaster. He thanked everyone for the collaboration and resigned. After all his managed to bring the trophy to his country. Sietse Bakker farewelled him with a Tweet.
Daniel Dekker zwaait af als lid van de selectiecommissie voor de Nederlandse songfestival-inzending bij @avrotros. Hij was één van de drijvende krachten achter de Nederlandse come-back en de winst van @dunclaurence. Dankbaar voor zijn inzet #respect 🙏🏻
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) September 19, 2019
Ukrainian national broadcaster re-confirmed participation in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. We all remember the chaos with the last-minute withdrawal from the contest. Although confirmed, the country hasn’t specified the selection method. Lots of Ukrainian fans hope that new format and more transparency will be implemented in the selection in 2020 no matter whether internal or public that is.
French national broadcaster confirmed participation in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, without giving information whether DESTINATION EUROVISION will be used as the selection method for Rotterdam.
PBS, the Maltese national broadcaster, has confirmed that they will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. It is yet to be confirmed how the Maltese entrant for Rotterdam will be selected. X-Factor Malta will be used again to decide the artist who will represent the country in Eurovision.
2019 national finalist, Aly Ryan, tweeted that she will not enter again the German selection unless NDR decides to choose her internally. She also clarified that she loves her country but still she objects the NDR selection system.
To all my @Eurovision fans, I received hundreds of messages from you guys asking me to re-apply for the German national selection.
I AM NOT. I told NDR the only way I would even CONSIDER IT, would be through internal selection & it looks like they are choosing the old process🤷🏼♀️
— Aly Ryan ✨ (@alyryanmusic) September 23, 2019