The European Broadcasting Union will be producing ‘Europe Shine a Light’, replacing the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Thomas Schreiber the Head of Entertainment at ARD has revealed that the European Broadcasting Union is working on ‘Europe Shine a Light’ to be broadcast instead of Eurovision 2020. Mr Schreiber explained to DWDL that:
A major Europe-wide event will take place on May 16 even without the ESC: ‘Europe Shine a Light’. This is the name of the broadcasting concept, which hopefully will bring together 40 European countries and Australia on May 16 from 21:00 CEST.
It will not be a Eurovision Song Contest with voting, but it should bring Europe together on this one evening, it should not leave the fans alone and especially give the artists a platform.
The show will feature the songs that had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020, however the full three minutes of the songs will not be broadcast. ARD has confirmed that it will be broadcasting the show, however Mr Schreiber is critical of the format:
I find it difficult if Germany, as one of the large countries in Europe, would evade a European idea, which is why we are there and support it now, even if we have one or two details differently, that is, more space for the individual artists.
There will not be any voting as part of the broadcast as due voting would invalidate the insurance payments for the Eurovision Song Contest.