Two Dutch cities are left in the running to host Eurovision 2020.
Last week, five cities presented their bids to Dutch Host Broadcaster NPO but the European Broadcasting Union ruled out 3: Arnhem,’s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht.
Amsterdam did not present with the Netherlands Tourist Board keen to promote regions other than the capital, while The Hague already has the Invictus Games next May.
Maastricht and Rotterdam (pictured) were deemed to have provided the strongest bids, offering the right mix of television facilities as well as the side-events like the Eurovision Village, EuroClub and the Opening Ceremony. Both cities can also provide an appropriate number of hotel rooms and are willing to substantially contribute financially.
Executive Producer Sietse Bakker said, “All the cities and venues have put a lot of effort into their bids. We were impressed with all the proposals and would like to thank everyone involved so far for their positive input and commitment. We are convinced Maastricht and Rotterdam offer everything that a Host City requires.
“We are hoping the other cities will maintain their enthusiasm for the Song Contest. We’d love to discuss in the coming months how we can involve them in the event next year.”
Organisers will now visit the potential Host Cities with the final choice to be announced in mid-August.