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Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Eurovision Song Contest.svg
Dates
Semi-final 1TBA, May 2020
Semi-final 2TBA, May 2020
FinalTBA, May 2020
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Participants
Number of entries5 (to date)
Vote
Voting systemEach 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.

Location

The contest is expected to be held in the winning country of the 2019 contest, as per Eurovision tradition.[1]

Provisional list of participating countries

The following countries have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest:

Country Artist Song Language
 Australia[2]
 Czech Republic[3] TBD 25 January 2020[4] TBD 25 January 2020[4]
 Norway[5]
 Portugal[6]
 Ukraine[7]

Other countries

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.[2]

The following countries will participate in 2019, but there have been no reports regarding their participation in 2020:

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.[8]
  •  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.[9]
  •  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.[10]
  •  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.[11]

Associate EBU members

Non-EBU members

  •  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.[13][14][15]
  •  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.[16]
  •  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.[17] 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.[18]

References

  1. ^ "How it Works - Eurovision Song Contest". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Groot, Evert (12 February 2019). "Australia secures spot in Eurovision for the next five years". eurovision.tv. EBU. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (28 January 2019). "Czech Republic: "Televised selection to determine Eurovision 2020 entry"". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Na Eurovizi jedou Lake Malawi" (in Czech). 28 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (5 November 2018). "Norway: NRK Announces Changes for Melodi Grand Prix 2020". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  6. ^ Herbert, Emily (7 December 2018). "Portugal: Two Composers Already Confirmed for Festival da Canção 2020". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  7. ^ "UA:PBC and STB continued co-operation for the national selection for Eurovision for another three years". 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Bosnia & Herzegovina's "primary goal" is Eurovision comeback but 2020 return "difficult"". 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (20 January 2019). "Malta: X Factor Malta Will Return For A Second Season". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  10. ^ Jiménez, Roberto (15 January 2019). "TVE confirma el regreso de Operación Triunfo para 2020" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Turkey set to join Eurovision Asia as TRT aim to rebuild EBU co-operation". 8 December 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Kazakhstan: Khabar Agency aims for full EBU membership and Eurovision participation". 28 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Catalonia TV3-receives approval of parliament to push for EBU Membership". 28 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  14. ^ Cava, Joel (28 December 2018). "El Parlament, resolt a afavorir la participació de TV3 a Eurovisió". ElNacional.cat. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  15. ^ Cava, Joel (21 October 2018). "Escòcia, Kosovo i altres vies de TV3 per accedir a la UER i Eurovisió". ElNacional.cat. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  16. ^ "The Faroe Islands wants EBU membership and right to participate at Eurovision". 30 December 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  17. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Kosovo: RTK to Push for Full EBU Membership Next Week". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  18. ^ Van Lith, Nick (1 December 2018). "Kosovo's RTK membership vote delayed until June, report claims". Escxtra.

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