The last month of 2019 has come to an end, and as we head into national selection season for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, we look back on what happened in December. This month, the Rotterdam 2020 presenters were announced, the first wave of ticket sales sold out and the stage was revealed!
The stage is here
The design is inspired by the theme 'Open Up' and the typical, flat Dutch landscape. Stage designer Florian Wieder won the pitch for the stage design, in which both Dutch and foreign designers took part, this fall.
According to Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, this design fits the story the creators want to tell seamlessly: “The design is innovative, modest and functionally smart. This way we can create a completely different look for each of the 41 participating acts, opening and interval acts, and during the voting results. We’ll present an innovative stage design, grand in its simplicity and yet full of surprises."
Introducing your presenters
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. Chantal Janzen is a famous actress and presenter, Edsilia Rombley a presenter, singer and two-time Eurovision participant, and Jan Smit is a successful singer, presenter and Eurovision commentator for the Netherlands.
Austria and Albania's participants
Vincent will sing for Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The 34-year-old from Vienna will perform the up-tempo song Alive in May in Rotterdam. Austrian broadcaster ORF will reveal his participating song in March 2020.
Arilena rose to fame after winning the second season of Albania's X Factor. The Shkodra singer has topped international rankings on networks such as iTunes for weeks with her song Nëntori, one that earned her a ticket to the prestigious Europa Plus festival in Russia and Astana Dausy in Kazakhstan in 2016.
2020 postcard concept revealed
The organization asked regular Dutch people to apply with their sports club, group or community. Their goal is to show Europe and the participating artists a unique part of the Netherlands in the form of Dutch activities, traditions and hobbies. Using the 'Open Up' theme as the backbone for the postcards, the organization wants to show the positive, connecting force of the Dutch community.
First wave of tickets sold out
Ticket sales for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 started on Thursday 12 December at 12:00 CET and quickly sold out. This was only the 1st wave of sales out of 3; the 2nd wave of tickets will go on sale Thursday 30 January at 12:00 (midday) CET via tickets.songfestival.nl.