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Eurovision Song Contest 2020: Rotterdam

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam in May, with 41 participating countries. Find all the information about Eurovision 2020: Date, City, Participants, Arena, Eurovision Village, EuroClub and EuroCafé

We will update this page with all the information about Rotterdam 2020 as it appears.

The slogan for Eurovision 2020 is Open Up and the logo and theme artwork have also been revealed.

Eurovision 2020 Logo
Logo of Eurovision 2020 (Photo: EBU)

There will be 3 hosts at Eurovision Song Contest 2020: Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit.

Eurovision 2020 Logo
Logo of Eurovision 2020 (Photo: EBU)
Eurovision 2020 Hosts: Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit
Hosts of Eurovision 2020: Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit (Photo: NPO/AVROTROS/NOS)

When is Eurovision 2020?

The Eurovision week will have three shows: Semi-final 1 on Tuesday, Semi-final 2 on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday:

All the shows will start at 21:00 CEST.

Host City: Rotterdam

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam. It was revealed on 30 August 2019 by the three Dutch broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS, who will organise Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

In the first half of June, all the Dutch cities that were interested in hosting Eurovision 2019 received the criteria that are needed for hosting Eurovision 2020. Initially nine cities had interest in hosting the contest, and had four weeks to compile their "bid books".

Five of the nine cities submitted their "bid books" to the broadcasters in the beginning of July 2019:

  • Arnhem
  • Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch)
  • Maastricht
  • Rotterdam
  • Utrecht

In mid-July the selection committee narrowed the race down to just two cities: Maastricht and Rotterdam, who had the strongest bids. The selection committee then visited the two cities, and decided that Rotterdam was best suited for hosting Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Arena: Rotterdam Ahoy

Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam: Stage
Model of the Eurovision stage inside Ahoy Arena (Photo: NPO/AVROTROS/NOS)

Rotterdam Ahoy consists of three halls with the largest being with a capacity of 15,000, which meets all the conditions set by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Two smaller halls in the complex have a capacity of 6,000 and 4,000, Perfect for delegations and press centre.

Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam: Stage
Model of the Eurovision stage inside Ahoy Arena (Photo: NPO/AVROTROS/NOS)

Director of Rotterdam Ahoy, Jolanda Jansen, says:

– In our almost fifty years of existence, Rotterdam Ahoy hosted many wonderful, international events. We are convinced that Ahoy and the Eurovision Song Contest are a perfect fit.

Rotterdam Ahoy hosted Junior Eurovision 2007.

The stage will be designed by Florian Wieder – who also designed the stage for Eurovision 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The stage is described as "Flat, minimalist and modern".

Netherlands 2020 Arena: Ahoy Rotterdam
Inside Rotterdam Ahoy
Netherlands 2020 Arena: Ahoy Rotterdam
Inside Rotterdam Ahoy

Rotterdam Ahoy Complex

Eurovision 2020: Ahoy Arena Hall Plan

Rotterdam's Bid Book, proposes that the various halls in the complex will be allocated as follows:

  1. Delegations (Changing rooms, cafeteria, make up, hair dressers, cloak room, EBU offices, technical area, viewing rooms)
  2. Press centre
  3. Conference Room
  4. Press + Fan lounge

Participants

41 countries will participate in Eurovision 2020 (confirmed by EBU):

Changes since Eurovision 2019:

IN:BulgariaUkraine
OUT:HungaryMontenegro

EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, had until mid-September 2019 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2020.

Who's in which Semi-final?

The Netherlands and the Big-5 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are pre-qualified for the Grand Final on 16 May 2020. The rest of the countries will be allocated to one of the two Semi-finals to be held on 12 and 14 May 2020. The allocation draw will be made on 28 January 2020.

10 countries from each of the two Semi-finals will proceed to the Grand Final, that will feature a total of 26 countries: 10 from Semi-final 1, 10 from Semi-final 2, Big-5 and Netherlands.

Tickets

The first tickets for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam went on sale on 12 December 2019. There will be more tickets in January and March 2020. Read more: How to get tickets for Eurovision 2020

Eurovision Village

Eurovision Village is the official festival area during Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcast from the Arena.

EuroClub 2020: Maassilo Grote Zaal
Maassilo Grote Zaal (Photo: Maassilo)

EuroClub: Maassilo

Location: Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2, Rotterdam, Google Maps
When: 8 May to 16 May
Metro station: Maashaven (line D and E)
Website:
maassilo.com

The EuroClub is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants.

EuroClub in Rotterdam will be located at the venue Maassilo located in the extension of the Erasmus Bridge, close to metro, tram, bus and water taxi. Maassilo is a former grain silo in Rotterdam Maashaven and has been an event venue since 2004. The complex consists of 15 halls, where the largest one is 1,100 m2 with a capacity of 2,000 guests.

Access to Euroclub is for accredited persons. It has not been announced if there will be special OGAE accreditations for OGAE members (like Malmö 2013 and Stockholm 2016), or if fans can get access to Euroclub with special tickets (like Copenhagen 2014, Kyiv 2017 and Tel Aviv 2019).

EuroClub 2020: Maassilo Grote Zaal
Maassilo Grote Zaal (Photo: Maassilo)

EuroCafe

EuroCafe (also known as Euro Fan Café) is the place for fans to meet for parties and special events during the Eurovision week. EuroCafe is organized by the OGAE fan clubs.

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