Moments ago, in a special broadcast on the Dutch channels NPO 1 and NPO 2, it was revealed that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will take place in Rotterdam!
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, is delighted with the choice and says:
Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and has the right facilities to welcome delegations from over 40 countries next May. We look forward to working with Rotterdam and NPO, NOS and AVROTROS on an incredible state-of-the-art Eurovision Song Contest in a great city next year.
The Eurovision winner himself, Duncan Laurence, revealed the host city in a special video message, highlighting the diversity and freedom both The Netherlands and the city of Rotterdam have to offer.
You can see Duncan, having grown up just outside Rotterdam himself and feeling big love for the city, making the announcement himself:
We have gotten the dates for next year’s contest as well, as the world is welcomed to Rotterdam for at least the live shows on the 12th, 14th and 16th of May!
Shula Rijxman, Director General of NPO, couldn’t be happier with Rotterdam as host city either, but has consoling and uplifting words for the other ”super finalist” Maastricht:
It is our wish to organize a Eurovision Song Contest that is embraced throughout the Netherlands and also functions as a showcase for our country in Europe. We are happy that as a public broadcaster we can now really work together with Rotterdam and the Ahoy arena to organize a unique event that connects and inspires all inhabitants of the Netherlands and Europe.
As an entrepreneurial and creative city, Rotterdam fits perfectly with this event,” Shula added. “We would like to thank Maastricht and the province of Limburg for their energy, enthusiasm and hospitality during recent months. Maastricht has shown itself as a city with a big heart for the Eurovision Song Contest and we hope to keep the city engaged all the way to the contest in May next year.
So the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Rotterdam in Rotterdam Ahoy next year on the 12th, 14th and 16th of May!
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