THE NETHERLANDS – Maastricht and Rotterdam must once again consider their plans for the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. The two potential host cities have until Friday to hand over a supplement to their previously submitted bid book to the organization. Spokespersons confirm that to BuzzE.
The selection committee – consisting of the NPO, NOS and AVROTROS – had some additional questions as a result of what Maastricht and Rotterdam have in store for the song spectacle and the working visits.
“Consider, for example, the situation with certain permits or the program of the side events”, said a spokesperson for the MECC, the location where the song festival in Maastricht will take place when it lands there.
The spokesman for the municipality of Rotterdam, who nominates Ahoy as a location, cannot provide any further details about the additions to the bid book, but confirms “to put the last dots in the i”.
Based on the bid books and working visits to the cities presented, the selection committee gives advice to the European Broadcast Union (EBU). It should be announced in mid-August whether song festival fans are going to camp in Maastricht or Rotterdam next May.
Last month, Utrecht, Arnhem and Den Bosch also tried to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Those three cities dropped out because the bid from Maastricht and Rotterdam was stronger because of the proposed accommodation and the financial contribution that the cities want to make.
Duncan Laurence was already spotted in Maastricht on Monday to record a promotional film. The song festival winner also travels to Rotterdam on behalf of the AVROTROS. It is not yet clear what the role of the singer is.