Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been waiting for news of what might be shown to make sure the Contest is respected during Eurovision week.
The UK’s Eurovision broadcaster, the BBC, has today announced that it will show a programme titled ‘Eurovision: Come Together’ on Saturday 16th May, the date the Grand Final should have taken place.
The show will be presented by Graham Norton, the UK’s usual commentator for the Contest, and will show classic Eurovision performances, some of the 2020 entries and interviews.
A full synopsis can be seen here:
Whether there will be any additional EBU programming is yet to be determined, which may of course mean that there will be additional programming in the UK yet to come. We are also not sure if this format by the will be adapted for other EBU broadcasters or available to watch from outside of the United Kingdom.
The Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, announced the Eurovision programming as part of a wider range of content to keep the British public entertained during the pandemic:
The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times. Our pledge is offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs.
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