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The anthem of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) plays while images from Tel Aviv flicker across the screen, reminding us of last year’s competition. There was an audience, cheers, flags and a party.

A professionally made online final

We hear “Arcade,” the 2019 winning song, but Duncan Lawrence isn’t the one to sing it. Instead, a split screen that we’ve gotten used to over the past few months shows a lot of young artists singing its tune. It gives you goose bumps – a live performance could hardly have been better. Chucky, the presenter, greets the audience: “Good evening, Europe – and good morning Australia.” He is wearing a dark turtleneck, nothing glamorous, as he explains what we are currently seeing: the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Attention to detail

This is a special ESC put together by fans in their living rooms and initiated by Dziennik Eurowizyjny, Poland’s largest Eurovision online magazine and only available on YouTube. All videos of the 41 participants who would have performed in Rotterdam were shown. The fans voted in two semi-finals online about who should be in the final.

For the final, the organizers wanted to recreate the fun part: awarding the points that the live and television audience knows so well. This year, their friends and acquaintances, as well as their children, will announce the points according to their status – the organizers have reproduced what is actually a complicated procedure down to the smallest detail.

More exciting than the “real” ESC, wrote a user in the YouTube comments. Switzerland won just ahead of Lithuania. Germany took 8th place.

Eurovision song celebration

The budding Dutch hosts also played their part.

The “Eurovision Song Celebration” started on Tuesday on the official ESC YouTube channel. Fans can watch the 41 participants in two semi-finals. There’s no competition at all, it’s just about honoring the 41 songs as they won’t be allowed next year. In the end, video clips show fans from all over the world, from Turkey and the USA to Indonesia and Colombia, singing their favorite songs from ESC 20202.

Duncan Laurence, 2019 ESC winner for the Netherlands

Various programs on television and on the Internet

Of course, the ESC experts have not been idle in the last few weeks. This week the German NDR broadcaster, which is responsible for the German ESC contribution, plans to make the song checks available online, with which the songs are tested for popularity. The 41 songs submitted are treated with the greatest possible respect in these difficult times. After these song checks it is clear that the acts from Denmark, Iceland and Lithuania are among this year’s ESC favorites in Germany.

When it became clear that the Eurovision Song Contest would not take place even without a live audience, the organizers began to plan alternative events. There are three TV shows and live streams on Saturday. At the “Eurovision Song Contest 2020 – The Elbphilharmonie Final” 10 pre-selected acts will be performed, including the German participant Ben Dolic. Michael Schulte, who took a sensational 4th place two years ago in Lisbon, will sing and comment together with ESC veteran Peter Urban. The audience on the screens can vote for their personal favorites.

Ben Dolic was selected to represent Germany

Ben Dolic was selected to represent Germany

Then it is planned to return to Hilversum in the Netherlands for the international program “Europe Shine a Light”. The audience can look forward to 120 minutes of music, surprise appearances by former ESC candidates and programs from all over Europe.

Lena Meyer-Landrut Our song for Germany

The singer Lena Meyer-Landrut won for Germany in 2010

For those who haven’t had enough, there will be a repeat of the 2010 competition after midnight, the show was surprisingly won by the German candidate Lena Meyer-Landrut.

Stefan Raab has his own show

The German entertainer and musician Stefan Raab, who developed the casting show in front of the ESC for German singers that catapulted Meyer-Landrut to fame, stepped out of retirement this year and hosted his own TV show, the “Free European” on Saturday evening Song Contest “. 15 artists from 15 countries will compete against each other. The line-up is a secret, Raab has leaked very little, only that the 2014 ESC winner, Austrian Conchita Wurst, will present the show together with Steven Gätjen.

BG The many faces of Europe

Conchita Wurst won the Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen

Who is the German candidate? Raab would only say that it is “a real legend that surpasses all previous German participants in European music competitions in terms of art and character”. He added that the artist “looks incredibly good too”. There is much speculation as to whether he means himself.

Raab’s show runs at the same time as other ESC shows, which isn’t very fan-friendly – but that’s showbiz.

May 16, the date originally scheduled for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, finally promises to be an entertaining evening. For everyone who misses the live atmosphere: There is already talk of Rotterdam hosting the ESC next year.

  • Women stand on the stage and hold flowers and a medal barefoot (1967) (Bild-Allianz / United Archives / TopFoto)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Sandie Shaw

    British singer Sandie Shaw’s stage dress is pretty cute by today’s standards. But in 1967 two things caused public outrage. At first the singer wore a mink dress. Second, Shaw played her song “Puppet On A String” barefoot. Still, she won. Many have since performed barefoot at the ESC, including the German candidate Levina in 2017. But it didn’t help – she was the penultimate one.

  • Two men and two women appear on stage in colorful velvet, polyester and platform boots (AFP / Getty Images / O. Lindeborg).

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest


    What looks to us today like a collection of damaged carnival costumes was considered ultra-modern in the 1970s. The Swedish pop band Abba scored points with these daring combinations of velvet, polyester and platform boots. Her song “Waterloo” won the competition in 1974 – and started one of the most successful careers in the history of pop music.

  • Nicole (Image Alliance / dpa / L. Oy)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest


    The 80s were the decade of big hair, shoulder pads, and bright colors. Not so with Nicole. In 1982 the German candidate sat down with her guitar in a brave black dress with a white lace collar in the British spa town of Harrogate and sang “A Little Peace” before she won the competition – and reached number one in the British pop charts.

  • Man sings on stage in a turquoise velvet suit (Image Allianz / dpa / K. Lenz)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Guildo horn

    In 1998 Guildo Horn, a long-time Schlager music satirist, appeared in a bright turquoise velvet suit for Germany. The sweaty, long-haired candidate sang “Guildo loves you!” (Guildo loves you!) Before tearing off his jacket and climbing a pole on the side of the stage. Horn finished seventh.

  • Woman with feathers holds her arms up (Image Allianz / dpa)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Dana International

    In 1998 the transgender singer from Israel staged Guildo Horn’s velvet suit with a bolero with colorful plumage. With her song “Diva” she campaigned for tolerance and gender fluidity and won the competition. Her black dress with feather sleeves was designed by French fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier and will be remembered for a long time by Eurovision believers.

  • five men with horror masks with the Finnish flag (Bild-Allianz / dpa / dpaweb / J. Carstensen)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest


    Many Eurovison fans may have been initially shocked by the appearance of the masked Finnish monster band in 2006. But the weak audience ultimately took on Lordi’s outre horror garb and cheered the creepy band when they competed in the Athens 2006 song Song “Hard Rock Hallelujah.”

  • Finland ESC 2007 Verka Serduchka (Image Alliance / dpa / Lehtikuva / H. Saukkomaa)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Verka Serduchka

    The Ukrainian comedian and performer in drag and a futuristic ensemble with sequins and a star on her silver swim cap during the 2007 competition in Helsinki. When she sang the optimistic “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” with her band, who wore complementary outfits, she won second place but angered Russian fans – and officials – for apparently singing the lyrics “Russia Goodbye”.

  • Singer with butterfly wings on stage (Image Alliance / dpa / J. Cartensen)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    3 + 2

    Oslo 2010: First the three women and two men from Belarus stood on the stage and sang their sugary song “Butterflies”. But suddenly butterfly wings shot out of the singers’ backs; The kitsch was punished with the penultimate place. The German candidate Lena won this year – maybe because she wore a pretty simple dress.

  • A woman who sings with flames projected onto her ball rock (Image Allianz / dpa / J. Carstensen)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Aliona Moon

    In 2013, in Malmo, Sweden, the Moldovan candidate was high tech when she was hoisted onto a pedestal while donning a dress on which LED lights projected fiery visual montages. Aliona Moon sang her flaming heart in the epic ballad “A Million”. The only problem was that she couldn’t move for fear of revealing herself.

  • Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (AFP / Getty Images)

    Fashion faux pas at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Conchita Wurst

    In 2014, the Austrian singer and drag queen stunned the Song Contest in Copenhagen in a dazzling, gold-laced dress with her characteristic beard. The transgender actress sparked some conservatives across Europe when she won Eurovision with her uplifting power ballad “Rise Like A Phoenix”. Soon after, the diva was seen on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week.

    Author: Silke Wünsch (sb)