Eurovision Song Contest has been bringing mind-blowing stage performances into our homes for decades, but it won’t be doing so this year. The biggest musical competition of the old continent is the latest major entertainment event to be canceled in the face of current global health crises.
This is the first time in its history that Eurovision Song Contest has been canceled, but representatives said they have explored many alternative options in the last few weeks and felt it would be best for the competition not to go on as the world battles the pandemic of the coronavirus.
“We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it cannot take place in May,” reads the official statement.
Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was supposed to take place in Rotterdam after the Dutch contestant Duncan Laurence won last year’s contest with his song “Arcade.” The competition was scheduled for two semifinal nights on May 12th and 14th, and the big finale on May 16th.