Join the couch choir for Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light

Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was recently announced to screen in Europe on May 16 as a replacement special for the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest.

And organisers want fans to help.

The special will be broadcast live from the Netherlands with the planned Eurovision hosts, Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit.

All 41 songs that had been chosen to take part in the contest will be honoured in a non-competitive format.

Participants from the past will also be invited to perform “Love Shine a Light,” 1997’s winning song by by Katrina and the Waves, from their respective home countries.

Clips of fans singing along to “What’s Another Year” by Aussie-born Johnny Logan, will be shown as well. If you want to make it onto the official show from your lounge room check out the details here. The deadline to submit your video recording is Friday 24 April 2020 (my tip to be included: add some Australiana to your vision, or also some movement).

Cornald Maas, Creative Advisor of Eurovision 2020, said that he saw the video of Italians singing from their balconies and it became his inspiration.

“At that time, I was already at home, working on my documentary and I was already feeling nervous about the possibility of cancellation. This made me emotional because it shows the power of social media. At the same time I was also thinking. Sietse and I had already been contacted about this, how beautiful it would be… Eurovision was founded in 1956 with the idea of uniting post-war Europe through music. In corona times, every country is mostly busy with its own policies, with its own battle, with its own worries, its own deaths… And especially through Eurovision, whether you are from Bulgaria, Croatia or the Netherlands, you might be able to create something through music, which can be a great alternative.”

SBS is yet to confirm it will screen the special but has previously hinted it hopes to nod to the annual event in May.

The show will also be broadcast on YouTube at 21:00 CEST on on 16 May.

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