The Israeli public broadcaster KAN has reported that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is set to be cancelled today.
KAN has reported that the European Broadcasting Union is expected to cancel the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 today. According to KAN the Reference Group for the contest met yesterday to decide on the fate of the contest. The report states that an official statement from the EBU is to be released during the course of today.
Filming for the postcards for Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands has already been suspended. The acts from Israel and Lithuania had already stated they would not travel to the country for filming their postcard.
The beginning of this week has seen all four planned preview party events cancelled in line with guidance from national Governments regarding gatherings.
As of the end of last week the European Broadcasting Union and host broadcasters stated that preparations for the contest are progressing as normal. The Director General of RTVSLO revealed on Friday that the EBU is considering a plan B for the contest. Natalija Gorscak explained that:
At EBU, they are preparing as if Eurovision will be, I am personally in touch with management who has a plan B, which suggests that we will become more involved.
In Slovenia, this is supposed to be in the studio. If this scenario were to be implemented, each member would rotate their recording, then probably someone would link it. That’s what they’re thinking. They are still talking about everything, but in principle they are acting as if Rotterdam were.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is schedule to take place in at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam on the May 12, 14 and 16. The Netherlands won the right to host the competition following their win in 2019 with Duncan Laurence and the song “Arcade”.