Eurovision Song Contest Rotterdam - location, dates, tickets

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 RotterdamEurovision Song Contest 2020 RotterdamRotterdam will host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. The European music spectacle will take place in May of 2020. It is the fifth time that the event will be held in the Netherlands. 

Securing the Eurovision 2020 Song Contest is great for Rotterdam. In May 2020, thousands of international fans will descend on the city, visit its bars, eat at its restaurants, sleep in its hotels and interact with its great, fun-loving residents. It's also a homecoming of sorts, as 2019 winner Duncan Laurence is also from Rotterdam.

It's the fifth time that the Netherlands is hosting Eurovision. The Netherlands previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 (Hilversum), 1970 (Amsterdam) as well as in 1976 and 1980 (The Hague). Past Dutch winners were Corry Brokken (1957), Teddy Scholten (1959), Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (1975) and Duncan Laurence (2019).

The 2020 Eurovision will be held exactly 40 years since the Netherlands last hosted the contest in 1980, without winning. The reason why the Netherlands hosted in 1980 is that 1979-winners Israel decided not to participate in 1980, while runner-up Spain turned down the responsibility to host the contest.

Eurovision 2020 slogan revealed

"Open Up," that's the official slogan for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Open up what? Music? Rotterdam? That's actually up to you. Organisers have left the slogan incomplete. 'Open Up' reflects the fact that the Netherlands is a very open society in which people speak their minds with respect for one another.

Countries participating in Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam

A total of 41 countries will be participating in Eurovision 2020. Public broadcasters from these 41 countries will also take part in transmitting the musical spectacle to screens all across the world. 
Of these 41 countries, 35 will participate in the semi-finals. So what about the other six? Well, five countries, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, also known as the Big Five, always qualify automatically. This is because they are the five biggest financial sponsors of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Netherlands, as host and winner of the previous edition, also gets a free pass to the grand final. 
  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Czech Republic (CT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (FT)
  • Germany (ARD/NDR)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Iceland (RUV)
  • Ireland (RTE)
  • Israel (IPBC/KAN)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • North Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Portugal (RTP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (Channel One)
  • San Marino (RTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (UA:PBC)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

Artists performing at Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam

The artists that have been announced so far are:
• Hooverphonic (Belgium)
• Blas Cantó (Spain)

Why Rotterdam is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest

Rotterdam faced fierce competition from Maastricht. The southern city put its best foot forward and tried to claim the song contest. However, as we all know, Rotterdam is the place to be!

According to the Eurovision organizers, the quality of the venue for the event was the biggest criteria in choosing a host city. Rotterdam Ahoy, with its extensive track record, decades of experience and amazing facilities was simply the best option. To quote one journalist, Rotterdam's venue is basically 'plug & play,' whereas the relatively inexperienced MECC Maastricht venue would have had to install everything from scratch. Organizers weren't willing to take that risk.

Insiders had previously indicated that the European Broadcasting Union (which traditionally makes the final decision) had a strong preference for Maastricht. Especially because the city is a symbol for Europe (with the Maastricht Treaty). There were also doubts about whether Rotterdam with its larger distances could radiate sufficient unity. Nonsense if you ask us. In Rotterdam, public transportation is on fleek and Rotterdam Ahoy is only 15 minutes from central station.   

In recent years, Rotterdam Ahoy has hosted events such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and the European MTV Awards 2016. Rotterdam, being the bigger city, also offers a wide range of accommodation. Moreover, Rotterdam has two international airports nearby: Rotterdam The Hague Airport (10mins) and Schiphol (30mins). 

Eurovision 2020 host city announcement

The host city was announced on August 30th, 2019 with this video featuring Duncan Laurence, the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

The winning performance by Duncan (2019) (embed)

Check out Duncan Laurence's winning performance at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.


Tickets to Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam

Tickets are expected to go on sale before the holiday season. It is the intention of the city that residents with a Rotterdam Pass will be able to get the tickets at a discount. In total, there will be tickets to nine shows on six dates:
Monday, 11 May 2020
• Jury Rehearsal (semi-final 1) at 21:00
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
• Dress Rehearsal (semi-final 1) at 15:00
• Live Show (semi-final 1) at 21:00
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
• Jury Rehearsal (semi-final 2) at 21:00
Thursday, 14 May 2020
• Dress Rehearsal (semi-final 2) at 15:00
• Live Show (semi-final 2) at 21:00
Friday, 15 May 2020
• Jury Rehearsal (grand final) at 21:00
Saturday, 16 May 2020
• Dress Rehearsal (grand final) at 13:30
• Live Show (grand final) at 21:00

Eurovision Song Contest 2020: Event details

Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
Prefinals: 12,14 May 2020
Grand final: 16 May 2020

Artists from all over Europe

Regular: still unknown

Event type:
Song Contest

For more information, visit the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest


Location: Rotterdam Ahoy



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