France Télévisions has confirmed this evening that it will be broadcasting Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Broadcast.
France 2 will be broadcasting the European Broadcasting Union’s alternative to the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Broadcast. France Télévisions is the latest public broadcaster across Europe to confirm that it will be airing the show live to audiences. To date the following channels will be broadcasting the show:
- Finland – Yle TV2
- France – France 2
- Germany – Das Erste
- Netherlands – NPO
Tom Leeb of France will be part of the broadcast alongside the other forty-one acts selected to compete in Eurovision 2020. The French broadcaster has yet to state whether Tom will be competing in Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light will be broadcast live across Europe on May 16 hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The show will pay tribute to the forty one acts who had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020 and feature past Eurovision participants. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
Source: France Télévisions
France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.