Today is the deadline for the all delegations to submit their songs and staging plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
The Eurovision selection season comes to an end today with the deadline for songs and staging plans to be submitted to the organisers of the contest. The following nations are yet to reveal their songs:
- Azerbaijan – Samira Efendi
- Malta – Destiny Chukunyere
- Russia – Little Big
While the following nations have not released the revamped versions of their songs:
- Albania – Arilena Ara – Shaj
- Armenia – Athena Manoukian – Chains On You
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo – Kemama
- Italy – Diodato – Fai rumore
- Slovenia – Ana Soklič – Voda
San Marino Song Reveal
San Marino will announce the song that Senhit has been chosen to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest today.
San Marino RTV launched a two day online selection in which the public were given the choice of two songs to pick from for Senhit. The songs were “Freaky!” and “Obsessed”. The song that received the largest number of votes in the online selection will represent San Marino in the Netherlands. The time of the song reveal will take place has not been announced.
Heads of Delegation Meeting
Today marks the official deadline for nations to have selected their singers and songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Heads of Delegations of almost all forty one participating broadcasters will be in Rotterdam, the Netherlands for a day of meetings, as they receive an update from host broadcasters AVROTROS/NPO/NOS regarding preparations for the contest in May.
Each of the broadcasters is required to submit the final version of their song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside this they also submit their plans for the staging of their performance in May. Any changes to songs after this date must be approved by the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The main announcement that will take place today is the slot in the running order that the Netherlands as the host nation will perform in. The host nation is the only country that can draw its position in the final from one to twenty-six. The Big Five will draw the half they will perform in at their press conference in Rotterdam. While the twenty nations who qualify from the semi-finals will draw their half in the final at the press conference after each semi-final.
Of note is that delegations are not required to attend the meeting in person. Due to coronavirus a number of delegations will not be attending the meeting in person including Israel, Sweden and Greece. Furthermore EBU staff will not be attending the meeting due to a travel ban in place until March 13th, due to a member of staff testing positive for coronavirus.