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Eurovision Shine a Light and some alternatives to the contest

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 8, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Next Sunday would be the official opening of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, in an event that was expected to be iconic because it was the 65th anniversary in a year in itself numerically interesting: 20 - 20. The current pandemic has tripped us up and the event was canceled . However, and as no alternatives were found for holding the event as a competition, EBU decided to schedule a special broadcast to be held on the day scheduled for the Grand Final: “Eurovision Shine a Light”. Celebrating Eurovision at a distance while maintaining the spirit of the event and with the union of a Europe in confinement will certainly not be expected by the majority of fans who will remain in the unknown without knowing who would be the winner! "Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light" takes place in Hilversum, in the Netherlands and will be a tribute to Eurovision and its artists, which include this year's competitors, or as this year's CD announces, a tribute to the participants! Certainly, it would not have been very difficult to involve the public in a vote.


Many European television channels have scheduled special broadcasts dedicated to the Eurovision Festival, either through the dissemination of competing songs, documentaries or interviews and even with votes.

However, on ESC's youtube channel there will be a space to celebrate the semifinals. On Tuesday, May 12, EBU will highlight the songs that would compete in the first semifinal, including the host country, the Netherlands, and two of the Big 5: Germany and Italy. During the show, a fun interval act is planned. The second online program on Thursday, May 14, will release the songs chosen for the second semifinal and will include the rest of the Big5: France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Here, there will also be a fun interval act with some cooking and visualization about the confinement of competitors.

Fans will also have their space and can participate with their recordings dancing and singing the songs of 2020. Information about this participation, if you wish to do so, can be consulted on the website

However, OGAE International fans, taking advantage of the absence of a real competition, decided to reinvent their annual vote and turn it into a kind of alternative to the contest.

This OGAE event will be the closest we will see this year as a contest!

At 8 p.m. CET the event will start on the YouTube channel of OGAE International, precisely on May 15, the day before the supposed grand final.

Categories: Eurovision 2020

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