EDITORIAL – The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place in the Netherlands, following their victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song “Arcade”, performed by Duncan Laurence. It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands hosts the contest, the last edition being the 1980 contest, and the first Eurovision event to be hosted in the country since the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012. As of 20 May 2019, eighteen countries have confirmed their intentions to participate in the contest, including Ukraine, who will return after withdrawing in 2019.
🇨🇿 CZECH REPUBLIC
🇸🇲 SAN MARINO
🇳🇱 THE NETHERLANDS
The contest is expected to take place in the Netherlands, the winning country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Preparations for the organisation of the 2020 contest began on the night of the Dutch victory in May 2019 in Tel Aviv, with EBU official Jon Ola Sand handing the organising broadcaster AVROTROS a stack of papers and an USB drive with ‘tools’ to begin the work needed to host next year’s contest.
According to Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, within hours of Duncan’s victory several mayors had already started bids on behalf of the muncipalities they govern by lobbying him through text messages.
The following cities have expressed interest in bidding: Amsterdam, Arnhem, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Zwolle.
Andorra – In March 2019, The Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra (RTVA) stated that they would be open to cooperating with Catalan broadcaster TV3 to participate in future contests. The two broadcasters have previously cooperated when Andorra debuted in Eurovision in 2004.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 28 December 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s head of delegation Lejla Babović stated that returning to the contest was their primary goal, but their financial situation made it extremely challenging, having large amounts of debt with the EBU and not receiving enough money to finance the regular costs, and thus making it difficult for the country to return in 2020.
Bulgaria – On 8 April 2019, the Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) stated that they had no plans to return to Eurovision in the near future, citing how the contest no longer fit the broadcaster’s content strategy.
Malta – On 20 January 2019, it was confirmed that the talent show X Factor Malta will return for a second season in 2020. However, it was not confirmed if it will be used once again to select Malta’s participant for 2020.
Spain – On 15 January 2019, the director of RTVE, Eladio Jareño, confirmed that the talent show Operación Triunfo would make a return in 2020. Even though it was used as the selection process for Spain in 2018 and 2019, it is not confirmed that Spain will use it once again for selecting their Eurovision 2020 entry.
Turkey – In August 2018, the General Manager of Turkish broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) İbrahim Eren explained that they could not broadcast a show that deviated from their values. Moreover, the current voting system has also been criticized by the broadcaster.