Eurovision Song Contest, which was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, was decided to be held in a new format. Information about this appeared on the official website of the event.
The organizers explained that instead of the competition, they decided to arrange an online concert Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, which will be held on may 16. The show is expected to last about two hours. The festival management intends not only to unite the contestants of 2020, but also to invite the stars who performed at previous competitions.
“We want to make a show that would draw attention not only to the 41 artists who were due to appear in Rotterdam, but also inspire those at home, connect people from all over Europe and beyond in these difficult times,” the organizers said in a statement.
The cancellation of Eurovision was announced on March 18. The competition was supposed to take place in Rotterdam in mid-may, but the European broadcasting Union said that the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and restrictions imposed by the authorities of countries due to the pandemic, can not allow the song contest. The group Little Big, which was supposed to represent Russia at the competition, supported the decision to cancel the competition.