Coronavirus forces cancellation of this year’s Eurovision song contest

The 2020 Eurovision song contest has been scrapped following the coronavirus outbreak.

The event was due to take place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in May, however it will now be postponed until 2021.

The European Broadcasting Union made the announcement overnight, saying “it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020”.


“We, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it cannot take place in May.”

Organisers said they desperately tried to explore alternative options to allow the contest to go ahead, but it was impossible.

“The uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the EBU has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned,” they said.

They’re now asking fans to understand the decision, and have assured them that they will be back bigger and better next year.

“We would ask people to bear with us while we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await any further news in the coming days and weeks.”

“We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May and know that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time.”

Montaigne was due to represent Australia at the competition with her song ‘Don’t Break Me’.