The city of Rotterdam appears to have been confirmed as the host city for Eurovision 2020, two days before the planned reveal.
Update 19:35 CEST – A page for Maastricht 2020 has now gone live on Eurovision.tv, over 40 minutes after initial publication.
Update 19:42 CEST – The Netherlands history page has been updated and now shows Maastricht as the host city for 2020.
Rotterdam looks to have been all but confirmed as the host city for the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The accidental reveal by Eurovision.tv comes two days ahead of a planned television broadcast by NPO, in which the host city would be revealed live to the Dutch public.
The premature announcement was discovered by fans of the contest, who found that the Netherlands biography on the official website listed the host city of Eurovision 2020. Listed on the website are cities that have hosted the contest:
- Hilversum 1958
- Amsterdam 1970
- The Hague 1976
- The Hague 1980
- Rotterdam 2020
Should Rotterdam be confirmed as the 2020 host city, this would be the second time that Rotterdam will have hosted a Eurovision event. The Ahoy which is the proposed host venue for the contest has a capacity of 17,000 and previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.
Rotterdam and Maastricht have been shortlisted as the two cities in the running to host Eurovision 2020. The following cities were shortlisted in the first submissions phase:
- Den Bosch
How the Bidding Process Worked
At the start of June the cities or regions that express interest received a document from the broadcasters which outlined the full criteria that needs to be met should they be selected. This forms the foundation for each interested bid.
Those cities or regions still in the running have four weeks to create their “bid books” which will then need to be submitted at the start of July.
During July, the organisers will then have the option of visiting those cities and regions in the running. Following the assessments, the host city for the 2020 contest was then chosen with consultation from the EBU.