It has been an unusual Eurovision year, to say the least, so to bring the excitement of the event weeks to your home, we announced 2 special shows that will air on the same dates as the Eurovision 2020 Semi-Finals! The ‘Eurovision Song Celebration 2020’ will premiere worldwide on our YouTube channel on Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 May at 21:00 CEST. These shows will complement the EBU and its Dutch members, NPO, NOS and AVROTROS' show, ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’, that will air on the usual Grand Final date of 16 May.
On the same dates of this year’s Semi-Finals, the two-part Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 will recognize all 41 participants and their songs in a non-competitive format. To add to the excitement, all the songs will be played out in the official Semi-Final running orders decided by this year’s producers.
What to expect of the shows
On Tuesday 12 May, the EBU will spotlight the songs that would have been shown in the first Semi-Final, including host country the Netherlands and 2 of the Big 5 countries: Germany and Italy. During the show, you can expect exciting interval entertainment. During the show, you can expect exciting interval entertainment. If you've ever wondered what The Roop's On Fire would sound like if it was sung by Elvis or how Little Big's song UNO would sound in an acoustic version, you're in luck! The classic Eurovision challenge "Switch Your Genre" is back!
The second online show, which will be broadcast on Thursday 14 May, will feature the songs chosen for the second Semi-Final and will include the rest of the Big 5 countries: France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Here, the interval acts will shine again! Curious to know how your favourite Eurovision 2020 participants live? You'll be treated to some exclusive home tours, and perhaps even a cooking experience or two.
YouTube Creators from all over Europe will react to the songs and will be included in both shows. While there will be no competitive element in these productions, you can expect many more surprises along the way!
Get ready for Fan Recaps
To pay tribute to the loyalty of the Eurovision fan base, the Eurovision Song Celebration shows will include the first-ever Fan Recaps. Instead of the classic recap of the participating songs, we'll watch fans sing, dance and party along to the songs of 2020.
In true celebration of the event, fans rallied behind their favourite artists, creating all-out Eurovision parties from home! Donning their best Eurovision 2020 outfits, fans recorded themselves dancing to 20-second snippets of Eurovision 2020 songs which will be used in the show.
Please note the submission deadline of Tuesday 5 May has now passed and we've received over 900 fan contributions! Wow!
The rules for participating in the Fan Recap:
We welcome contributions from fans of all ages - and if you want to sing with your family or those you are staying at home with, please feel free. If you’re under 18 and wish to sing alone, please send parental permission with your contribution.
By sending these files, you give the Eurovision Song Contest and the participating broadcasters permission to broadcast and post your video on the official social media channels of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Where to watch?
The ‘Eurovision Song Celebration 2020’ will premiere worldwide on our YouTube channel on Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 May at 21:00 CEST. Here is the link to part 1:
Here is the link to part 2: