As we come up to the new season of Eurovision, many things have gone on this week. Here is a recap of some of the things that have happened this week:
Host City Announcement
Rotterdam or Maastricht? Which city is it going to be? After a close competition, we will find out very soon! It has been revealed that we will find out which city had the successful bid on the 30th August.
This has come after the Eurovision 2020 committee has asked both cities to send further details about their hosting bids in order for them to make a final decision.
Confirmations and Non-Participations
A few countries have confirmed their participations and non-participations this week. Estonia and Georgia have confirmed their participations for the 2020 contest this week.
Whereas the small principality of Monaco have confirmed that they will not be returning to the contest next year, making this the 14th year of non-participation.
Liechtenstein have also announced that they will not be making their debut in the 2020 contest. The microstate's sole broadcaster, 1 FL TV, have been trying to become a member of the EBU in order to participate. These plans have been put on standby however, as a result of the broadcaster's director, Mr. Peter Kolbel, passing away last year.
This brings the total number of confirmed countries to 27.
Will Bulgaria Participate?
Bulgaria surprisingly withdrew from the contest this year, citing financial difficulties. However, on Thursday the national broadcaster announced on their Twitter page that a return to Eurovision could still be possible and that the decision would be revealed by the end of September.
Bulgaria returned to the contest in 2016 after a 2 year hiatus with very respectable results, qualifying for every final between 2016 and 2018 and coming 4th, 2nd and 14th in those respective contests.
National Selection News
Sweden chooses it's entry through Melodifestivalen in a field of 28 artists. One of those artists are chosen via the show P4 Nästa, where 8 artists perform one of their own songs in order to win the competition. The show will take place on 24th August at the Linköping Concert & Congress Hall. The 8 artists and their songs have been revealed as follows:
Faith Kakembo - Through Fire and Rain
Hildur Höglind - Further Apart
Hugo Andersson - Lovenote
Amanda Aasa - Gå Hem
Zulueta - King of the Ocean
Tova Glyt - No Ordinary Girl
Tim Lööv - All I Need is You
Browsing Collection - Oh No
However, the winner of the competition and their respective song are not necessarily the entrant going to Melfest. The entrant will be chosen by a jury.
Greece have been internally selecting their entries in the past few years, and most resulted in very mixed results, with 2 of their non qualifications coming from internally selected acts. Now, the national broadcaster ERT might be going back to having a national selection in order to change it's fortunes. According to the Greek blog Nassosblog, they might be going back to the one-artist song selection show. This format was last used when Demy was chosen to represent Greece in 2017. We will have to wait and see if this is the route they decide to go down.
Czech Republic will be holding their first televised national selection since 2008. It has been reported that 152 entries have been submitted to the national broadcaster. Of the 152, 72 entries have been written by Czech songwriters. This is proportionally larger than in previous years.
The national selection will take place on the 25th January 2020 in Prague. The producers will be shortlisting these songs for the selection and will be using this time to work each of the chosen artists in order to produce a fantastic show for both the Czech and International audience.
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