The Dutch press is reporting that it is likely three presenters will be chosen to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event for Eurovision 2020, has informed RTL that next years contest is likely to have three presenters. The comments came as Mr Bakker spoke to RTL Boulevard about the speculation regarding who will host the contest in Rotterdam:
We don’t want one, but three.
In the past weeks there has been increasing speculation in Dutch media around who will be chosen to present the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Among the names discussed are Eva Jinek, Michiel Huisman and Jan Smit.
Since 2010 a variety of number of hosts have been chosen to host the Eurovision Song Contest, below is a breakdown of each year:
- 2010 – Oslo – Three hosts – One male, two female
- 2011 – Dusseldorf – Three hosts – One male, two female
- 2012 – Baku – Three hosts – One male, two female
- 2013 – Malmo – One host – Female
- 2014 – Copenhagen – Three hosts – Two male, one female
- 2015 – Vienna – Four hosts – All female
- 2016 – Stockholm – Two hosts – One male, one female
- 2017 – Kyiv – Three hosts – All male
- 2018 – Lisbon – Four hosts – All female
- 2019 – Tel Aviv – Four hosts – Two male, two female
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy, which was opened in 1971, and has undergone multiple refurbishments. The venue can hold up to 17,000 people and has previous experience of hosting Eurovision events.
To date, 39 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
Duncan Laurence was selected to represent the Netherlands in Tel Aviv with the song “Arcade”. He won the final with 498 points, giving the Netherlands their fifth Eurovision win and their first since 1975. Duncan’s victory also sees Eurovision returning to the Netherlands for the first time since 1980.