Eurovision Song Contest cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic


The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled for the first time in the event’s 64-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to be held in Rotterdam on May 16, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced in a statement on Twitter that it feels ‘deep regret’ about the cancellation of the event.

“Over the past few weeks we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead,” the EBU wrote.

“However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities, means the EBU has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned.”

The executive supervisor of the contest, Jon Ola Sand, added in a video on Twitter that the event would return “stronger than ever.”

Stefania Liberakakis was set to represent Greece this year at the Eurovision Song Contest.

“We regret this situation very much but I can promise you, the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever,” he said.

Greece was set to be represented by singer-songwriter Stefania Liberakakis with her song “SUPERG!RL,” and at this stage, it is not clear whether she will be asked to compete in next year’s competition.

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.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Greek community raises $85,000 for St Elesa Food Initiative in Kogarah

More than $85,000 was raised for the St Elesa Food Initiative during a Fundraising Dinner which took place on Friday, May 10.

The HACCI National Federation introduces The Ellinikon to Australia

The HACCI National Federation hosted a series of events in Australia, presenting The Ellinikon, Europe's largest urban renewal project.

Ambassador of Greece meets with Greek Australian Parliamentary Friends group

The Ambassador of Greece in Australia, Stavros Venizelos, today met with Members of the Greek Australian Parliamentary Friendship group.

Heliades Women’s Network gather in Melbourne for double celebration

The Hellenic Women’s Network ‘Heliades’ gathered at YASSAS The Greek Way at Southbank, Victoria on Sunday, May 26.

Greek Democritus League’s celebration of workers in Melbourne

The Greek Democritus League held its annual May Day dance on May 18 at White Rose Receptions in Thornbury.

You May Also Like

On This Day: Greek poet, Nikiforos Vrettakos, was born

Nikoforos Vrettakos was one of the most influential literary figures in Greek history. We take a look back at his achievements.

Olympic FC amongst inaugural recipients of Growing Football Fund Community Grants

Olympic FC is one of the 121 inaugural recipients of the Growing Football Fund’s Community Grants, generously supported by CommBank

Greek Australian Anastasia Marinakou sets personal record at Athens Marathon

Greek Australian Anastasia Marinakou set a personal best record in the 10,000 km OPAP Marathon held on Saturday in Athens, Greece.