Eurovision Song Contest 2020
|Eurovision Song Contest 2020|
|Semi-final 1||TBA, May 2020|
|Semi-final 2||TBA, May 2020|
|Final||TBA, May 2020|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Number of entries||5 (to date)|
|Voting system||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winning country of the 2019 edition will have the right to host the contest. If Australia wins, the contest will be organised by Australian broadcaster SBS but held in a European host city of its choice.
As of 17 February 2019, five countries have confirmed their intentions to participate in the contest.
Provisional list of participating countries
The following countries have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest:
|Czech Republic||TBD 25 January 2020||TBD 25 January 2020|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU will issue an invitation of participation in the contest to all fifty-six active members. In contrast to previous years, associate member Australia will not need an invitation for the 2020 contest, as it was granted permission to participate until 2023.
The following countries will participate in 2019, but there have been no reports regarding their participation in 2020:
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
Active EBU Members
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 28 December 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina's head of delegation Lejla Babović stated that returning to the contest was their primary goal, but their financial situation made it extremely challenging, having large amounts of debt with the EBU and not receiving enough money to finance the regular costs.
- Malta – On 20 January 2019, X Factor Malta was confirmed to have a second season in 2020. It is currently unknown if Malta will use the method again to select their artist for the 2020 contest.
- Spain – On 15 January 2019, Operación Triunfo was confirmed to return again, likely in early 2020. It is currently unknown, though, whether this format will be used again for Eurovision.
- Turkey – After being absent for seven years, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) showed interest in the Eurovision contests as the EBU appointed a new Executive Board that included the TRT general manager, confirming their Eurovision Asia 2019 participation and restarting cooperation with the EBU, making a 2020 return possible.
Associate EBU members
- Kazakhstan – After their debut at Junior Eurovision 2018, Khabar Agency's chairman Alan Azhibayev stated in an interview that they were negotiating with the European Broadcasting Union to be able to become full EBU members and thus enabling them to participate in Eurovision. However, this would require enlarging the European Broadcasting Area.
- Catalonia - In late 2018, TV3 received permission from the Catalan Parliament to push for EBU membership. However, Catalonia remains part of Spain and therefore is not an independent nation. If the membership was granted, it would allow them to debut in the 2020 contest.
- Faroe Islands – In late 2018, the Faroese national broadcaster Kringvarp Føroya showed interest in joining the European Broadcasting Union and participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. According to the EBU, they are not excluded by the rule that only independent nations can join, and as a result the Faroese broadcaster started internal discussions on applying for the EBU membership and participating in the Eurovision Song Contest and even hosting a national final similar to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
- Kosovo – RTK general director Mentor Shala said that they are still pushing for full membership, and still hope to debut at the 2019 contest. They are currently still in talks with the EBU. The EBU will vote on full membership of the Kosovar broadcaster in June 2019, possibly allowing the country to debut in 2020, or in the near future after that.
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