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The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be the 65th annual event and will be held in the Netherlands thanks to Duncan Laurence's win in Tel Aviv the previous year. This will be the country's first hosting since 1980, and the first for current broadcaster AVROTROS, which will co-organize the event alongside NPO and NOS.

A field of 10 interested cities were pared down to two - Rotterdam and Maastricht. The Hague (host in 1976 and 1980), Zwolle and Leeuwarden withdrew their bids due to their proposed venues being deemed unsuitable, while Breda dropped out due to financial concerns. Amsterdam (host in 1970) withdrew due to unavailability for their proposed venues. Arnhem, 's-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht also applied.

An announcement about the host city is set to be made in August 2019.

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Participants

The following countries have either expressed their intent to participate or have confirmed their participation in 2020:

The semi-final allocation draw will be held on __ 2020 at __ and hosted by __ and __. The insignia handover ceremony will take place before the draw begins, officially beginning the countdown to the contest.

The pots will be as follows, calculated by the EBU's voting providers Digame and based on voting patterns over the past 10 years:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Finalists
IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands (Host)
IconFrance France
IconGermany Germany
IconItaly Italy
IconSpain Spain
IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom

Pre-Allocations

Semi Final One

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Semi Final Two

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Grand Final

All countries will vote. The final will take place on __ May 2020. The Netherlands' place in the running order will be decided during the Head of Delegations meetings in March 2020.

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Withdrawing/Uncertain

  • IconAndorra Andorra - RTVA confirmed on 22 May 2019 that Andorra would not return for 2020.
  • IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina - BHRT confirmed on 9 July 2019 that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not return for 2020 as it is still under sanctions from the EBU due to financial debts.
  • IconBulgaria Bulgaria - Bulgaria's participation for 2020 is unclear at this time. Some reports are saying that BNT will make up its mind following its general election in July, while others claim that the broadcaster has gone bankrupt due to unpaid debts.
  • IconKosovo Kosovo - The EBU confirmed on 28 June 2019 that Kosovo will not debut in 2020 or in the near future. Under the rules, a nation must be a full member of the ITU to apply for EBU membership, currently Kosovo (and its broadcaster RTK) holds non-member state status.
  • IconLiechtenstein Liechtenstein 1FLTV confirmed on 7 August 2019 that Liechtenstein would not debut for 2020.
  • IconLuxembourg Luxembourg - Despite a push by 1973 winner Anne Marie David, RTL confirmed on 23 July 2019 that Luxembourg would not return for 2020.
  • IconMonaco Monaco - TMC confirmed on 6 August 2019 that Monaco would not return for 2020.
  • IconSlovakia Slovakia - RTVS confirmed on 5 June 2019 that Slovakia would not return for 2020, citing lack of interest

Other Countries

  • IconCanada OMNI Television will likely air the 2020 contest in Canada due to massive positive feedback on social media for the channel's airing of the 2019 event. The channel is exploring the possibility of sending its own commentary team.
  • IconUnited States On 19 July 2019, the EBU announced that it had signed a deal with Netflix to add the 2019 and 2020 contests on its on-demand service in the United States.

References (if any)

  1. http://esctoday.com/176954/albania-rtsh-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2020-fik-58-submission-open
  2. https://eurovision.tv/story/australia-secures-spot-in-eurovision-until-2023
  3. https://www.kleinezeitung.at/kultur/medien/5629612/Analyse_Nach-dem-Aus-fuer-Paenda_ORF-haelt-2020-an-interner
  4. https://eurovoix.com/2019/02/19/belarus-btrc-change-eurovision-2020/
  5. https://eurovoix.com/2019/05/15/belgium-vrt-to-internally-select-eurovision-2020-participant/
  6. http://infenetwork.net/cyprus-cybc-confirms-eurovision-2020-participation
  7. https://eurovoix.com/2019/01/28/czech-republic-televised-selection-to-determine-eurovision-2020-entry/
  8. https://www.dr.dk/event/melodigrandprix/foerste-gang-i-18-aar-koebenhavn-skal-vaere-vaert-dansk-melodi-grand-prix-2020
  9. http://esctoday.com/176190/estonia-err-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2020
  10. https://wiwibloggs.com/2019/06/03/finland-yle-umk-2020-open-entry/239690/
  11. https://www.escapenews.org/france-confirmed-their-participation-for-2020
  12. http://infenetwork.net/georgia-confirms-eurovision-2020-participation-and-national-selection-format/
  13. https://eurovoix.com/2019/04/28/germany-eurovision-2020-participation-confirmed-as-search-commences-for-eurovision-jury-members/
  14. https://eurovoix.com/2019/05/30/israel-eurovision-2020/
  15. https://escxtra.com/2019/06/20/latvia-ltv-rules-out-junior-eurovision-return-and-confirms-eurovision-participation/
  16. http://esctoday.com/176717/lithuania-lrt-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2020/
  17. https://eurovoix.com/2018/11/05/norway-nrk-announces-changes-for-melodi-grand-prix-2020/
  18. https://eurovoix.com/2018/12/07/portugal-festival-da-cancao-2020/
  19. https://eurovoix.com/2019/05/11/romania-tvr-open-to-changes-to-selection-process/
  20. https://www.escapenews.org/channel-1-will-compete-in-the-2020-edition
  21. https://eurovoix.com/2019/05/20/san-marino-eurovision-2020-participation-confirmed-after-best-result-to-date
  22. https://twitter.com/SerbiaESC/status/1129887019335868416
  23. https://eurovoix.com/2019/08/01/slovenia-eurovision-2020-participation-confirmed-as-ema-fres-is-launched
  24. https://escxtra.com/2019/06/05/spain-confirms-participation-for-eurovision-2020/
  25. https://eurovoix.com/2019/03/02/sweden-p4-nasta-opens-submissions-window-for-2019/
  26. http://esctoday.com/175925/switzerland-srf-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2020/
  27. https://esctakeover.com/2019/07/07/united-kingdom-i-think-its-safe-to-say-we-be-returning-next-year-to-the-netherlands/
  28. https://iz.ru/851117/2019-02-28/ukraina-otkazhetsia-ot-evrovideniia-2020-v-sluchae-pobedy-lazareva
  29. https://www.rtlnieuws.nl/boulevard/artikel/4646601/nederland-heeft-draaiboek-klaar-voor-songfestival
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