Eurovision 2020 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers affirm

Written by Rob Picheta, CNN

This 12 months’s Eurovision Song Contest has been canceled within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers confirmed on Wednesday, marking the primary time that the much-loved competitors has ever been scrapped.

The European Broadcasting Union, which manages the annual pan-European present, mentioned it was “extremely saddened” to take the choice.

This 12 months’s contest was set to happen within the Dutch metropolis of Rotterdam in May, with 41 nations participating in two semi-finals and a closing.

“We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation,” the present’s govt supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, mentioned in an announcement.

“We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever,” he mentioned. Organizers and town of Rotterdam will “continue a conversation” relating to subsequent 12 months’s occasion, the EBU’s statement added.

Eurovision, which started in 1956, has helped catapult artists together with Abba to worldwide stardom.

It is avidly adopted throughout a lot of Europe, and is lauded and mocked in equal measure for its uniquely kitsch and continuously surreal performances.

Last year’s edition in Tel Aviv, Israel, was watched by 182 million folks worldwide, according to the EBU.

Many European nations have shuttered their borders, restricted journey and banned mass gatherings in current days because the coronavirus pandemic has deepened.

The Netherlands has recorded greater than 1,700 coronavirus circumstances and 43 deaths in the course of the pandemic, making it one of many worst affected nations in Europe.

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