Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam cancelled


Eurovision Song Contest 2020

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced last night the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

“It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.”

The EBU said that over the past few weeks they explored many alternative options.

However, they faced two challenges. Firstly, the uncertainty created by the spread of  COVID-19 in Europe. Then secondly, the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities. The combination of those two factors meant the live event could not proceed as planned.

The statement spoke of the organisation’s pride that the contest united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years. It also said, “We, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May.”

At this stage, discussions continue among various stakeholders regarding Rotterdam hosting the competition in 2021.

Just last month in the Eurovision 2020 Australia Decides live show Montaigne won the right to represent Australia at the event.

Glastonbury also cancelled because of COVID-19

On the same day as the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, fans also heard of the cancellation of the Glastonbury festival. Headliners for the 50th-anniversary festival included Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar. Pet Shop Boys, Dua Lipa and Noel Gallagher were also booked for the event.

Coachella last week postponed their event until October.

For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

QNews, Brisbane Gay, App, Gay App, LGBTI, LGBTI News, Gay Australia