With no Eurovision Song Contest held in 2020, SBS has now confirmed a week-long festival from 10-17 May, culminating in a new special Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! plus Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light from The Netherlands.
SBS is inviting fans to vote for their favourite three 2020 acts from all competing nations*.
Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will host a 3 hour countdown of results, which will include special guest appearances from big names across the globe and an exclusive studio performance from Montaigne of her planned “Don’t Break Me” concept.
Social TV will also play a central role through tweets on screen and party pics from lounge rooms across Australia using #Eurovision #BigNightIn.
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light will screen from The Netherlands, hosted by Dutch presenters Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. It will honour all 41 songs in a non-competitive format.
SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said: “Sixty-four years ago, Eurovision was born as an idea to help unite people after a period of turmoil and instability. In 2020, SBS is incredibly proud to fill the gap left from the cancellation of this year’s contest in Rotterdam, with a network event that champions the very same goal.
“Music really is the great unifier and a perfect antidote for a nation in isolation. We’ve already seen this through the thousands of apartment block singalongs and virtual choirs and, in this spirit, we promise this will be a fun, exciting and inclusive party that everyone is invited to! So get your costumes planned, and your twitter fingers ready as we countdown Australia’s Eurovision 2020 votes.”
Joel Creasey said, “Myf and I are stoked to be able to celebrate Eurovision with Australia as we countdown to your favourite 2020 artists and songs. Thank you to SBS for putting together a whole week of festivities to keep us entertained while we’re spending more time at home. I thought I was going to have to play Sound of Silence on repeat. Join us and a bunch of big names with nothing else to do. Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! is going to be bigger than a big night out, but won’t break the bank and you’ll still feel good about your decision the next day (well, hopefully!).”
Myf Warhurst said, “We can’t wait to see who your favourite acts are, Australia. Will it be one of the bookies favourites – Daði & Gagnamagnið from Iceland, VICTORIA from Bulgaria or The Roop from Lithuania? Or will our love of kitsch see Russia’s Little Big take the virtual crown? Let’s come together and celebrate our passion for music and make this an unforgettable moment in Eurovision history!”
There are also Eurovision replays all week.
On Sunday 10 May, SBS VICELAND will kick off Eurovision week with a Road to Eurovision special filmed live in the Netherlands in December. The two-hour program featured this year’s hosts of Eurovision celebrating the 64-year history of the event with 22 past Eurovision winners and performers coming together to perform their biggest hits including names like Sergey Lazarev, Dana International, Netta and Johnny Logan.
From Monday to Friday, we celebrate Australia’s history in Eurovision. Australia has been an official competitor in the song contest since 2015 and has progressed through to the Grand Final every year since. Relive these historic moments weekdays on SBS, with replays of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Finals 2015-2019.
On Monday 11 May, watch 2015 wild card entrant Guy Sebastian take the stage in Vienna, Austria, with Tonight Again taking out fifth place. On Tuesday, relive the moment Australia almost won it with Dami Im’s 2016 performance of Sound of Silence in Stockholm, Sweden. On Wednesday, watch another top 10 performance from Australia with Isaiah’s Don’t Come Easy coming in ninth at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. On Thursday, be transported to Lisbon, Portugal in 2018 featuring Jessica Mauboy’s We Got Love, and on Friday, Kate Miller-Heidke takes Australia to new heights, literally, with the performance of Zero Gravity in 2019.
Eurovision Week on SBS and SBS VICELAND
Sunday 10 May 8.30pm-10.30pm Road to Eurovision 2020 on SBS VICELAND
Monday 11 May 1.30pm – 5.30pm Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on SBS – Guy
Tuesday 12 May 1.30pm – 5.30pm Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on SBS – Isaiah
Wednesday 13 May 1.30pm – 5.30pm Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on SBS – Dami
Thursday 14 May 1.30pm – 5.30pm Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on SBS – Jessica
Friday 15 May 1.15pm – 5.30pm Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on SBS – Kate
Saturday 16 May 7.30pm – 1030pm Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! Produced by Blink TV for SBS
Saturday 16 May 10.30pm – 12.30am Eurovision Top 40 Controversies on SBS
Saturday 16 May 12.30am – 1.30am Secrets of Eurovision on SBS
Sunday 17 May 8.30pm – 1030pm Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Produced by the EBU and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS
Vote for your favourite Eurovision 2020 artists and songs: sbs.com.au/Eurovision
*As per the official Eurovision Song Contest rules, Australia is ineligible to vote for their own country and artist.
**Voting opens Friday 17 April at 9.00am AEST and closes on Sunday 3 May at 11.59pm AEST. For terms and conditions, and to vote, visit sbs.com.au/Eurovision.