The official justification for Utrecht not being shortlisted to host Eurovision 2020 has been published by the city.
The official letter from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS explaining why Utrecht wasn’t chosen to host Eurovision 2020 has been released today. The city council has made public the document from the host broadcasters in which the committee determining the host city has provided feedback.
The bid from Utrecht was criticised for its choice of venue as well as lack of financial guarantees to support its hosting. Utrecht proposed the use of a tent structure as the venue for the competition, the committee explained that while it met the criteria for a venue it:
offers limited possibilities for testing on location also raise questions regarding their suitability for large-scale musical TV productions such as the Eurovision Song Contest
In terms of financial guarantees the Municipality of Utrecht did not promise any financial or additional support for the Eurovision Song Contest e.g. city dressing, transport etc.
The Jaarbeurs offered a 750,000 Euro discount on the fee required to be paid for the venue to be used for Eurovision. However the cost of constructing and renting the tent, stage design and decoration were not factored into the bid.
Utrecht’s bid however was praised for pushing the use of public transport and sustainable travel for the contest. As well as involving normal people from across the region in giving their thoughts on why Utrecht should host the competition.