After the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest got cancelled, speculations started on whether all artists and songs selected for this year’s Contest will be allowed to compete in the following year. Various national broadcasters (Spain, Georgia, Greece, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and The Netherlands) have already announced that they are going to send the same artists next year. The EBU has now announced that the songs selected for 2020 will not be eligible for the 2021 Contest!
The EBU together with the broadcasters who applied to compete this year are looking at doing an alternative show (not a competition though), to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe and to promote the selected artists and their songs. In their official statement, the EBU also announced the following:
… The Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.
At their discretion, Participating Broadcasters may decide which artist(s) to send in 2021, either this year’s or a newly chosen one.
We ask for your patience while we work through ideas in the coming days and weeks.
Stay tuned for more information to come.