Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light

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Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light
Dates
Final date 16 May 2020
Host
Venue Studio 21, Hilversum, Netherlands
Presenter(s)
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster

Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was a live television programme, created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It replaced the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was going to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show was shown live from Hilversum, Netherlands on 16 May 2020 and lasted for two hours.[1][2] It was hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, who had been chosen to present the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before its cancellation.[3]

Format[change | change source]

Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley, the presenters of the programme

During the programme, all 41 songs that had been chosen to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 were show but no one could vote. Participants from the past were invited to make an appearance. Together, the artists performed "Love Shine a Light" from their home countries.[4] Videos of Eurovision fans singing along to "What's Another Year" by Johnny Logan, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 in The Hague, were shown as well.[5]

Venue[change | change source]

Hilversum was the host city and Studio 21 in Media Park was the venue of the show.[1] It was the second time Hilversum hosted a Eurovision event, having previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.[6]

Presenters[change | change source]

The show was hosted by three presenters: Actress and television host Chantal Janzen, singer and commentator for the contest Jan Smit, and singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests. They would have been the three hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Performances[change | change source]

The show featured performances from the following Eurovision artists:[7]

Order Country Artist Song
01  Ireland Johnny Logan "What's Another Year"
02  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes"
03  Israel Gali Atari (of Milk and Honey) "Hallelujah"
 Netherlands Past Junior Songfestival finalists
04  Italy Diodato "Nel blu, dipinto di blu"
05  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva"
06  Netherlands Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra "Love Shine a Light"
(musical score)
07  Germany Michael Schulte "Ein bißchen Frieden"
 Netherlands Ilse DeLange (of The Common Linnets)
08  Israel Netta "Cuckoo"
09  Netherlands Duncan Laurence "Someone Else"
10 All countries
(except  Belgium)
The Artists of Eurovision 2020 (except Hooverphonic) "Love Shine a Light"
Katrina Leskanich

Song showcase[change | change source]

The show also showcased the artists and songs that would've been performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, by showing short videos of the songs' music videos or stage performances, along with video messages from the artists themselves.

Order Country Artist Song Language(s)
First fifth
01  Israel Eden Alene "Feker libi" (ፍቅር ልቤ) English, Amharic, Hebrew, Arabic
02  Norway Ulrikke "Attention" English
03  Russia Little Big "Uno" English, Spanish
04  Georgia Tornike Kipiani "Take Me as I Am" English
05  France Tom Leeb "Mon alliée (The Best in Me)" French, English
06  Azerbaijan Efendi "Cleopatra" English
07  Portugal Elisa "Medo de sentir" Portuguese
08  Lithuania The Roop "On Fire" English
09  Sweden The Mamas "Move" English
Second fifth
01  Latvia Samanta Tīna "Still Breathing" English
02  Belgium Hooverphonic "Release Me" English
03  United Kingdom James Newman "My Last Breath" English
04  Belarus VAL "Da vidna" (Да відна) Belarusian
05  Finland Aksel "Looking Back" English
06  North Macedonia Vasil "You" English
07   Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Répondez-moi" French
08  Serbia Hurricane "Hasta la vista" Serbian
Third fifth
01  Spain Blas Cantó "Universo" Spanish
02  Albania Arilena Ara "Fall from the Sky" English
03  Ireland Lesley Roy "Story of My Life" English
04  Slovenia Ana Soklič "Voda" Slovene
05  Austria Vincent Bueno "Alive" English
06  Bulgaria Victoria "Tears Getting Sober" English
07  San Marino Senhit "Freaky!" English
08  Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið "Think About Things" English
Fourth fifth
01  Greece Stefania "Supergirl" English
02  Czech Republic Benny Cristo "Kemama" English
03  Poland Alicja "Empires" English
04  Moldova Natalia Gordienko "Prison" English
05  Cyprus Sandro "Running" English
06  Romania Roxen "Alcohol You" English
07  Croatia Damir Kedžo "Divlji vjetre" Croatian
08  Germany Ben Dolic "Violent Thing" English
Final fifth
01  Malta Destiny "All of My Love" English
02  Estonia Uku Suviste "What Love Is" English
03  Australia Montaigne "Don't Break Me" English
04  Ukraine Go_A "Solovey" (Соловей) Ukrainian
05  Denmark Ben & Tan "Yes" English
06  Italy Diodato "Fai rumore" Italian
07  Armenia Athena Manoukian "Chains on You" English
08  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy "Grow" English

Appearances[change | change source]

Broadcasters and commentators[change | change source]

The countries below broadcasted the live show:

Country Broadcaster Channel(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
 Albania RTSH RTSH 1, RTSH Muzikë Andri Xhahu [8][9]
 Armenia AMPTV (1TV) David Tserunyan and Emma Hakobyan [9][10]
 Australia SBS SBS Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst [9]
 Austria ORF ORF 1 Andi Knoll
 Azerbaijan İctimai Television (İTV) Murad Arif [10]
 Belarus BTRC Belarus 1 Evgeny Perlin [11][12]
 Belgium RTBF La Une French: Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys [13]
VRT Eén Dutch: Peter Van de Veire [14]
 Bulgaria BNT BNT 1, BNT 4 Elena Rosberg and Petko Kralev [9]
 Croatia HRT HRT 1 Duško Čurlić
 Cyprus CyBC RIK 1, RIK Sat Andreas Iakovidis [15]
 Czech Republic ČT ČT art Jan Maxián [16][17]
 Denmark DR DR1 Ole Tøpholm [18]
 Estonia ERR ETV Estonian: Marko Reikop [19][20]
ETV+ Russian: Yuliya Kalenda and Aleksandr Khobotov
 Finland Yle Yle TV2 Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen and Krista Siegfrids
Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
[21]
 France France Télévisions France 2 Stéphane Bern [22][23]
 Georgia GPB 1TV Demetre Ergemlidze [10]
 Germany ARD/NDR Das Erste Michael Schulte and Peter Urban [24][25]
 Greece ERT ERT1 Maria Kozakou [26][27]
 Iceland RÚV RÚV 1 Felix Bergsson [10]
 Ireland RTÉ RTÉ One Marty Whelan
 Israel IPBC (Kan) Kan 11 [unknown] [28]
 Italy RAI Rai 1 Flavio Insinna and Federico Russo [29][30]
Rai 4, Rai Radio 2 Gino Castaldo and Ema Stokholma
 Latvia LTV LTV1 Toms Grēviņš [31]
 Lithuania LRT LRT televizija Ramūnas Zilnys [32]
 Malta PBS TVM [unknown] [10]
 Moldova TRM Moldova 1 Daniela Crudu
 Netherlands AVROTROS NPO 1 Cornald Maas [33]
 North Macedonia MRT MRT 1 Aleksandra Jovanovska [34]
 Norway NRK NRK1 No commentary [9]
 Poland TVP TVP1, TVP Polonia Artur Orzech [35][36]
 Portugal RTP RTP1, RTPi Nuno Galopim [37]
 Romania TVR TVR1, TVRi Bogdan Stănescu [38]
 Russia Channel One (C1R) Yuriy Aksyuta and Yana Churikova [10][39]
 San Marino SMRTV San Marino RTV Flavio Insinna and Federico Russo [40]
 Serbia RTS RTS1, RTS Svet Duška Vučinić [41]
 Slovenia RTVSLO TV Slovenija 1 Andrej Hofer [42]
 Spain RTVE La 1, TVEi Tony Aguilar and Eva Mora [43][44]
 Sweden SVT SVT1 No commentary [45]
  Switzerland SRG SSR RSI La 2 Italian: Clarissa Tami and Sebalter [46][47]
RTS 1 French: Yoann Provenzano and Jean-Marc Richard
SRF 1 German: Sven Epiney [48]
 Ukraine STB Timur Miroshnychenko [49]
UA:PBC UA:First [50][51]
UA:Radio Promin Oleksandra Franko and Les Myrnyi [52][53]
 United Kingdom BBC BBC One Graham Norton [54]
Non-participating countries
 Bosnia-Herzegovina BHRT BHT 1 Maja Miralem [10]
 Kazakhstan Khabar Agency Khabar TV Nursultan Qurman and Mahabbat Esen
 Kosovo RTK RTK 1 [unknown]
 Montenegro RTCG RTCG 1, Radio 98 [unknown]

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