The Head of Entertainment at ARD has revealed that it presented an alternative proposal to ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light’, the replacement for Eurovision 2020.
Speaking to DWDL Thomas Schreiber the Head of Entertainment at ARD has revealed that the German broadcaster had presented an alternative program idea to the EBU to replace Eurovision 2020. Mr Schreiber revealed that the day after the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled, ARD submitted a proposal from him and presenter and producer Stefan Raab to the European Broadcasting Union.
The proposal would have seen all forty-one countries participating in the broadcast, with each country presenting their act to the audience. Where possible the performances would have taken place in TV studios, if not possible Skype, Zoom or Facetime would have gone direct to the artists home. The key element being that all of the songs were presented live.
Mr Schreiber confirmed that the majority of broadcasters decided against taking up the proposal from ARD. As a result ProSieben a private channel in Germany has announced today that Stefan Raab is working on the Free European Song Contest. Details of the competition are yet to be revealed.
The European Broadcasting Union has announced that Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light is being produced to replace the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.