Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Wednesday. It is avidly followed across much of Europe, and is lauded and mocked in equal measure for its uniquely kitsch and frequently surreal performances. Why Are Men So Compelled to Defend Jacking Off on a Work Zoom? This year’s contest will no longer take place, and Rotterdam will instead host in 2021. Organizers and the city of Rotterdam will "continue a conversation" regarding next year's event, the EBU's. Many European countries have shuttered their borders, restricted travel and banned mass gatherings in recent days as the coronavirus pandemic has deepened. “The escalating spread of the coronavirus throughout Europe and the restrictions put in place by many Governments and the Dutch authorities makes it impossible for us to host a live event as planned,” he said in a video on Twitter. The UK was set to be represented by singer-songwriter James Newman with his self-penned My Last Breath, whether he will be asked to come up with another track to compete with is yet to be confirmed. With Eurovision 2020 cancelled, the acts who were supposed to perform have recorded a message for fans. Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers confirm. Eurovision, which began in 1956, has helped catapult artists including Abba to international stardom. Sign up for our newsletter. The Eurovision Song Contest logo is seen on a screen during the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) national selection show. Earlier today, The EBU has announced that following the coronavirus, Eurovision 2020 will be canceled. Remember when Cher's outfit stole the show at the Oscars? It is the first time the event has not taken place since it began in 64 years ago. The song, written by Im with emerging local artist ELKI, was originally intended to launch her bid for another crack at the Eurovision crown next year. Due to be held in Rotterdam on 16 May, in a statement put out on Wednesday the European Broadcasting Union said: “It is with deep regret that we have to announced the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020”. ... image caption Duncan Laurence (right) won last year's Eurovision, while James Newman ... Eurovision 2020… The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has become the latest high profile cultural event to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the annual songwriting … Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Wednesday. The statement said: “we would ask people to bear with us while we work through the ramification of this unprecedented decision”. media caption Eurovision 2020: The Cancelled Coronavirus Year. Eurovision is the latest high-profile entertainment music event to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with Glastonbury also cancelled on the same day, and Coachella postponed until October. The Dutch broadcasters and the EBU are discussing the possibility of The Netherlands to host Eurovision 2021. The Netherlands has recorded more than 1,700 coronavirus cases and 43 deaths during the pandemic, making it one of the worst affected countries in Europe. “Over the past few weeks we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead. EUROVISION 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus. It’s a blow for the country’s chances, after last year’s last place finish – Newman had been selected by the BBC rather than by a public vote having previously worked on 2011’s winning entry from Azerbaijan, Running Scared by Ell & Nicki, and having won a Brit Award for Best British Single in 2014, for Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. "We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever," he said. On 18 March the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled for the first time in its 64-year history. You can read the official announcement of the EBU right here: "it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation… The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest will be missed this year. The 2020 contest, due to take place in Rotterdam in May, will now be held in 2021, Last modified on Wed 1 Jul 2020 13.12 EDT. This year's contest was set to take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in May, with 41 countries taking part in two semi-finals and a final. “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam,” the EBU wrote in a statement. “We regret this situation very much but I can promise you, the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”. 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