Coronavirus: Eurovision Song Contest 2020 cancelled
Written by VOP Admin on March 19, 2020
The Eurovision Song Concert has been cancelled as Europe continues to battle coronavirus, organizers have confirmed.
The singing contest, which attracts a TV audience of nearly 200 million people each year, was due to take place in Rotterdam after the Netherlands won it in 2019.
An official statement confirmed: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 18, 2020
“Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead. However, the uncertainty created by the spread of Covid-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned.”
It is the first time that the contest has been cancelled in its 64 year history.