The countdown has begun for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020! The first month of the year has come to an end, and with that, we're closer to the 65th edition of the Contest. More artists and songs have been announced, the new Executive Supervisor has been appointed and we know which countries will participate in which Semi-Final this May. Let's have a look at what happened in January.
National selection season is well underway; more and more countries have announced participating artists and competing songs for their selections.
Georgia picked its participant for the Eurovision Song Contest through the popular TV format Idol. Tornike Kipiani performed alongside Barbara Samkharadze, Mariam Gogiberidze and Tamar Kakalashvil in the final broadcast live on Georgia on New Year's Eve.
Host Country the Netherlands chose Jeangu Macrooy to represent the country on home ground. According to the managing director of Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS and member of the selection committee Eric van Stade, Jeangu has been on the radar for quite some time. “The song he delivered touched us right away. We are very happy that Jeangu wants to go on this journey with us!”
30-year-old singer, actor and comedian Tom Leeb has been selected internally by public broadcaster France Télévisions. Europe will need to wait a bit longer to find out which song he will be singing; the track will be revealed in the coming weeks according to the French broadcaster.
Macedonian Radio Television, North Macedonia's public broadcaster, has chosen Vasil to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
Vasil was part of Tamara Todevska’s Eurovision team as a backing vocalist at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
READ MORE: North Macedonia sends Vasil to Rotterdam
National selection announcements
Check our National Selections Calendar for specific dates and announcements regarding the various national selections taking place.
Eurovision 2020 production team: Head of Fashion
Diek Pothoven has been announced as Head of Fashion for 2020. In his role, Diek is responsible for the look and feel of the dancers and artists in the special acts for both Semi-Final shows, as well as the Grand Final.
READ MORE: Rotterdam's Head of Fashion is Diek Pothoven
Eurovision 2020 Grand Final Flag Parade music
15-year-old DJ, Pieter Gabriel, is working on a special production for the Grand Final opening act during the flag parade of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 on 16 May. The flag parade anthem will be a collaboration between Pieter and Musical Director Eric van Tijn.
Martin Österdahl appointed as Executive Supervisor
Martin Österdahl, a senior TV executive with 2 decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Martin was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016 when the event was hosted by Swedish EBU Member SVT in Malmö and Stockholm. He was also a member of the Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. He will succeed Jon Ola Sand who will step down from his role after supervising the Eurovision Song Contest for 10 years.
Semi-Final Allocation Draw
On 28 January, the Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place at Rotterdam's city hall. The annual event was hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit.
In case you missed the reveal, check out in which Semi-Final your country will perform. You can also re-watch the live stream below.
The 2nd song of Eurovision 2020: Spain's 'Universo'
Last but not least, Spain's Blas Cantó released his Eurovision entry Universo. Universo is a somewhat new sound for Blas, but the song stays true to the pop essence for which he is known in Spain:
With a little over 100 days until the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, things are getting exciting. Expect more artist and song announcements in February, so stay tuned!