Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 situation around the world. The annual TV show that unites a whole continent, yeah now even Australia, will be replaced by an alternative show, “Europe Shine a light”. Old songs will be performed by the performers of 2020, so it’s far from an ordinary show. This is sad for all Eurovision fans out there, that had looked forward to visiting Rotterdam in May 2020 or watch it on TV. But we actually have GOOD NEWS for you. There will be a contest – and a winner – as close as we can get.
- Alternative Eurovision 2020? Made by Sweden
- What will happen with the 41 Eurovision songs that should have been performed in Rotterdam?
- The 25 Eurovision performers of 2020
- Nostalgic postcard presentation of each country
- Azerbadjzan was honored to begin the show
- A tribute to the Netherlands
- Lots of international Eurovision fans
- First time for Eurovision to be canceled
- History of Eurovision
- Some of the best songs of Eurovision 2020
- The best interval act ever?
- What are the judges looking for when listening to Eurovision songs?
- The Eurovision results for 2020
- Happy winner revealed that lyrics were written for his daughter
- Iceland’s winner will join Melodifestivalen next year
- Europe Shine a light – an alternative Eurovision 2020
- Conclusion after watching the Swedish alternative show
- “Norway decides” one day after Sweden
- Voting didn’t work for everyone
- Eurovision reaction after the show
- ESC 2020 canceled just when we really needed it
- Other related Eurovision news
Alternative Eurovision 2020? Made by Sweden
Sweden has taken action! Sweden is known to be very enthusiastic when it comes to Eurovision, and every year they have 5 semifinals and one big final before they pick the winner. Swedish people love Eurovision, and that’s why Swedish TV (SVT) decided to make their own competition “Sweden’s 12 points” (or “Sveriges tolva”) where the viewers can pick their favorite performer of Eurovision 2020 – almost like normal. This is to honor all the people that have worked hard around the continent.
The show was 140 minutes long (without any commercials). All the songs were played in full version -either music video or concert version. The results are just officially ready now! And the winner is… Read on for the results of Eurovision 2020.
What will happen with the 41 Eurovision songs that should have been performed in Rotterdam?
Since there will be no official contest in the Netherlands, will there be no use for the songs? Well, Sweden thinks this is too sad, and decided to make their own TV show at least. The show is named “Sweden’s 12 points”. They are going to invite the winner to perform in the extremely popular TV show Melodifestivalen next year and sing live for the audience in Tele2 Arena with more than 30,000 in the audience. Every year the TV show is watched by more than 2.5 million viewers. The winner will also get this beautiful trophy in Swedish colors.
The 25 Eurovision performers of 2020
Nostalgic postcard presentation of each country
Azerbadjzan was honored to begin the show
A tribute to the Netherlands
“It’s time for the expected host country of 2020, the Netherlands to perform their song. This historic year where they had to cancel the entire Eurovision event… They supposed to arrange the event in Rotterdam this week. We feel so extremely sorry for the Dutch TV-team there that had planned this event for almost one year and were almost finished with all preparations. And not, at last, the booking agent that had to cancel more than 3000 hotel rooms… Hopefully next year Rotterdam will be able to be the host of Eurovision, and that can be something to look forward to for sure. We are showing the postcard for the Netherlands in 1992 when they performed in Malmo, Sweden… This year the Netherlands had chosen Jeangu Macrooy which found his purpose of life when he was 13 years old and got a guitar as a birthday gift. His song “High on you” is already very popular in the Netherlands.
By using many traditional elements from Eurovision, we got a feeling this was almost a normal Eurovision show! The traditional postcards were shown before song, good comments and introductions with a professional presenter, and also some replays of old waiting numbers from when Sweden hosted Eurovision in 2013 and 2016. We were impressed with how much work SVT has made to create a “real” Eurovision spirit!
Lots of international Eurovision fans
Since Sweden probably is the only country making the Eurovision Song Contest as close as we can get in 2020, SVT expected many international viewers to follow their live show, and the host Sarah Dawn Finer also welcomed them: The competition has started! I also want to say that we have many International Eurovision fans watching tonight, something that we are thrilled about. I’m also a little sorry that we are mostly speaking Swedish and you can’t vote outside of Sweden. But you are welcome to the show!
First time for Eurovision to be canceled
It’s the first time in the history of 65 years for Eurovision to be canceled. This loved competition that was created to unite a continent that had been through tough times during the war. How much do we know about Eurovision history? In 2013, the TV host Petra Mede brought up some cool facts about Eurovision Song Contest:
History of Eurovision
One of the previos hosts, Petra Mede, presented the historic events of Eurovision – a look at some funny moments:
- A group of wise people shared a dream, that they could unite a continent by the power of music. They created Eurovision Song Contest. The expectations were huge and the show became a huge success.
- Already in 1957 we got our first juicy Eurovision scandal. The sexually liberated Danish people sent a couple that in the end of the song… kissed! Get a room!
- Today we have Justin Bieber, but in 1958 we had the Italian heart frog Domenico Modugno. When he song “Volare”, the contest got its first massive hit! And they kept coming:
- France Gall performed “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” in 1965
- Vicky Leandro’s song “L’amour est bleu”, which became a worldwide hit. She further established her career by winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 with the song “Après Toi”, again representing Luxembourg.
- And the handsome Udo Jurgens performed “Warum nur, Warum?”
- In 1968 the contest went from black and white to color.
- According to Cliff Richard, that was definitely something worth celebrating. He performed “Congratulations“.
- In the 70’s the attitude to the competition changed. Especially in Sweden where people were protesting and they said the competition was too commercial. But the show became powerful and more glamorous than ever.
- The Eurovision was here to stay. Thanks to the slightly over choreographed the 70s ended with a bang. Djengis Khan.
Some of the best songs of Eurovision 2020
The best interval act ever?
What are the judges looking for when listening to Eurovision songs?
Erik Saade thinks there are several of the participants this year that can be a potential radio hit afterward. The other judges said they were also looking for a radio hit. A song that could become popular also afterward and be played on the mainstream radio channels, just like Loreen’s song from 2013. Lina Hedlund was looking for something that touched her and was standing out.
The Eurovision results for 2020
Just before the results from the audience were revealed, the host Christer Bjorkman, was joking and said that they were going to check with Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand that the results were controlled and in order. This is a typical tradition before the final results are revealed every year. Here are the final Eurovision 2020 results:
|Great Britain||8 points|
Happy winner revealed that lyrics were written for his daughter
He was interviewed by the hosts in the live show. It was easy to see he was a bit shocked and he had not expected to win. He told them that the performance he made ready before he wrote the song, with the equipment he had at home. The lyrics were actually about his daughter that is one year old and that was sleeping right now (the result was officially ready around 23:15 Swedish time).
Iceland’s winner will join Melodifestivalen next year
Sarah Dawn Finer invited him to come to Sweden and perform “Think About Things” next year in Melodifestivalen, which he was excited about. He told them he has watched the Swedish finals: -Melodifestivalen seems to be a big party, he said, and looked excited! Sarah asked him to send love to his daughter and take care. More than 1.4 million people have voted in the app, and the audience and the judges agreed that Iceland had the best song for 2020!
Europe Shine a light – an alternative Eurovision 2020
On Saturday May 16, the Netherlands will show an alternative Eurovision show named “Shine a light” where this year’s participants will honor old Eurovision songs.
In addition to spotlighting the 41 songs of 2020, the unique production will include special performances from popular artists from Eurovision’s past. 2020’s artists will also join together, from their locations across Europe, in a unifying performance of 1997’s Eurovision winner Love Shine A Light by Katrina And The Waves.See more details on Eurovision.tv
“We want to make a show that puts a spotlight not only on the 41 artists that were due to appear in Rotterdam but also inspire those at home and connect people from across Europe and beyond in these difficult times. Of course, we will also honour those who are affected by the coronavirus crisis and those who work so hard to fight it. Let’s make this an unforgettable moment in Eurovision history!”Europe Shine a light presentation.
Conclusion after watching the Swedish alternative show
We really enjoyed the Swedish attempt to create a full Eurovision evening on their own initiative. SVT has really worked hard to make this possible ! They have really stribed. Everything from finding nostalgic postcards, make exciting introductions for each country and all the details that actually made it feel like a “real Eurovision” show. After watching this show, we wonder: Why could not this show have been broadcasted to all the countries – not only in Sweden? It was really a high class production, and we are sure that many Eurovision fans really miss this year’s big highlight – the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish TV channel has proved that it is possible to make an entertaining show even without having live performances. The music videos worked surprisingly fine, and we really had a great evening – almost 2 and a half hours – watching the entire show – and no commercials or breaks! A good alternative Eurovision Song Contest that must be considered for future events in case next year also will be canceled.
Photo sources: SVT.se
“Norway decides” one day after Sweden
NRK, Norway’s public TV channel, is having their own alternative contest one day after Sweden. Their show is named “Norway decides” (or “Norge bestemmer”). The Norwegian show was very different from the Swedish version:
- The first 18 minutes are complete without any music or song. It reminds me more of a news show. A longer video clip where they focus on the Norwegian final in February this year, where the voting system completely collapsed. It feels like they have completely forgotten the international contest. Afterward, they have interviews with NRK hosts.
- NRK has already decided which 12 countries that they want the viewers to vote for. In comparison, Sweden had 2 TV shows: The first one where the viewers get the chance to vote for their favorite among the 41 contributions. Then, in the next TV show, the viewers’ top 25 will be 1.
- Lots of talk between each of the 12 songs
- NRK’s postcards: 1 fan of the current country talks about the song. No comments or facts are given
- After the 12 songs are presented, they spend almost 20 minutes on the Norwegian winner, Ulrikke Brandstorp than supposed to be in Rotterdam this week.
- Recorded version of a “live performance with “Attention”, Norway’s contribution (acoustic version)
- 3 votes were accepted per person
- Only the top 3 was decided. No points from the professional judges, only votin
- Iceland won also in Norway. But no details about how many that voted.
- There was no video call with the winner afterward, and no prize given to the winner.
- NRK stated that their voting system actually worked tonight – and they sounded almost surprised…
Voting didn’t work for everyone
Error messages for Norwegian voters: The fact is that NRK actually had problems tonight as well. I have spoken with several people that were not able to log in on NRK’s voting system, and they gave up after several attempts. I also got errors after I had given my first vote. After that, I was not able to log in and give the 2 remaining votes.
The Norwegian version was very far from a typical Eurovision night, at least for me, and I was a bit dissapointed, but that’s my opinion.
Sweden’s TV production was simply very impressive and they prove again that they are the best Eurovision country! We see that every year when they arrange Melodifestivalen, and the years they have been the official host of Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision reaction after the show
I don’t seem to be completely alone in this boat. The Swedish newspaper Expressen’s journalist Maria Brander wrote an interesting comment today. She thinks that what SVT did is exactly what EBU should have done. It’s not more complicated than this. Everyone is forced to be on social distancing, while a TV show that can unify so many nations should not be canceled. It actually works well with music videos and video calls.
ESC 2020 canceled just when we really needed it
After watching, it becomes annoyingly clear that this is exactly what we could have done remotely to create a real ESC 2020 in the middle of the devastating pandemic. It had, of course, been very well-tuned with the origins of the entire competition: it was actually invented as a way to unify war-ravaged Europe with the help of light entertainment. From the beginning, Eurovision was meant as a cure for a crisis, and also posed a real technical challenge. In fact, an equally large live broadcast had never been performed and satellite television did not yet exist in 1956. But they fixed it anyway. Today, a whole world is connected and longing for one another. Technology is, in principle, the only thing that is not understood by us, and yet the EBU claims that this could not be solved.(…)
All artists would probably have been happiest if they had actually had to compete, and the need for a Eurovision is obvious: It is far from only Sweden that has arranged a compensation program this week. Going to ESC blogs lists an almost overwhelming amount of different broadcasts from all over the Eurovision world. Forces that should have been joined instead. To something nice.Why did you cancel Eurovision, EBU? asks the Swedish Newspaper Expressen.se