The European Broadcasting Union has formally announced ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light‘ to be broadcast on May 16.
The EBU has this afternoon formally announced ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light’, replacing the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The show will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, who had been due to host the 2020 contest in Rotterdam.
All of the forty-one acts selected to compete in Eurovision 2020 will be performing a past Eurovision hit from across Europe as part of the broadcast. Former participants will also take part in the show performing other past songs bringing Europe together.
NPO adds that fragments of each of the forty-one acts songs will be shown as part of the broadcast. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
The show will last for two hours and will be broadcast by EBU member broadcasters, as well as live on YouTube.
Executive Supervisor of the Contest Jon Ola Sand commented:
Sadly there will be no Eurovision Song Contest this year. Instead, we intend to unite Europe on 16 May with a unique prime-time TV programme. We are encouraging all broadcasters who were due to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and EBU Members in other countries, to air this show in the spirit of unity and togetherness.
NPO, NOS and AVROTROS will be producing the show alongside the EBU. To date the German broadcaster has confirmed it will air the show live.