The semifinals and the grand final of next year’s Eurovision competition will be held in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the organization announced today.
“Rotterdam has been selected as the host city of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest after a close race with the city of Maastricht. The competition will take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2020,” the statement said. European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
In the same document, EBU Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that “Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and is well placed to host delegations from more than 40 countries in May.”
The Netherlands won the right to organize Eurovision after winning the 2019 edition in Israel under the theme “Arcade” played by Duncan Laurence.
This was the fifth time that country won the competition after the triumphs in 1957, 1959, 1969 (‘ex aequo’ with Spain, the United Kingdom and France) and 1975.
Portugal participated for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, having failed in the meantime five editions (in 1970, 2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016).
Between 2004 and 2007 inclusive, and in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, Portugal missed the final.
In 2017, for the first time, Portugal won the contest, with the theme “Loving both”, played by Salvador Sobral and composed by Luísa Sobral.
Having won in 2017, last year Portugal was host country. A year ago, in Lisbon, Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest with the theme “Toy”, played by Netta.