It has been confirmed that the BBC will not be broadcasting Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light on its channels, but instead only on iPlayer.
The BBC has confirmed to Scott Bryan, that it will not be broadcasting Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light live on television. Instead the broadcaster has stated that the show will be made available to watch on its on-demand service BBC iPlayer.
Instead of broadcasting Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light live on its channels, the BBC has created its own event which was announced shortly after the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision: Come Together will be broadcast on BBC One and is hosted by Graham Norton. The show according to the BBC will:
feature classic Eurovision performances, a look at what would have been in 2020 and entertaining interviews , including this year’s UK entry James Newman.
“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 and a virtual choir. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
Source: Scott Bryan
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.