Rotterdam is pushing forward with plans to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, with the document already 80% ready.
Rotterdam has created a Steering Group as it hopes to bring the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 to the City. The city which is one of the front runners to host, has already created 80% of its bid document that will be submitted to NOS, NPO and AVROTROS in the coming months.
The Rotterdam bid is focused on the Ahoy Rotterdam, which hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The Ahoy alongside Rotterdam Partners and Rotterdam Festivals, are among the members of the Steering Group for the cities bid to host.
Rotterdam is enthusiastic about bringing the contest to the city, and has promised financial support for the bid. Said Kasmi who is a representative for Rotterdam City’s politician for Tourism and Culture explained:
We really want to bring this in and we are prepared to make resources available for this. But we do not do this alone, the government, the broadcasters and sponsors must also pay. We look at what is manageable for the city, because we must also be able to explain it to the people of Rotterdam.
Mr Said is quietly confident that Rotterdam will be selected to host over Amsterdam, adding that Amsterdam is already busy in May 2020:
But when you see how busy the event calendar is already there, with the Formula 1 in Zandvoort. We focus on ourselves, with all our experience with major events such as the start of the Tour de France and the MTV Awards, the good infrastructure, the facilities that we have and our boundless energy.
The following cities have expressed an interest in hosting the competition next May:
Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Arcade”. After 44 years of waiting the Netherlands took victory scoring a total of 498 points.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year he graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he studied to become a singer-songwriter as well as music producer. He has also spent time previously in London and Stockholm writing music. He was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 contest.