Created by Rob Picheta, CNN
This year’s Eurovision Track Competition has been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, coordinators validated on Wednesday, noting the very first time that the much-loved competitors has ever before been ditched.
The European Broadcasting Union, which handles the yearly pan-European program, stated it was “incredibly saddened” to take the choice.
This year’s contest was established to occur in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in May, with 41 nations participating in two semi-finals as well as a final.
“We are very happy with the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has joined individuals all around Europe. And also we are deeply disappointed concerning this situation,” the program’s exec manager, Jon Ola Sand, said in a statement.
“We regret this scenario quite, however I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Competition will return more powerful than ever before,” he claimed. Coordinators as well as the city of Rotterdam will “continue a conversation” concerning following year’s occasion, the EBU’s declaration included.
Eurovision, which started in 1956, has aided catapult musicians consisting of Abba to global fame.
It is avidly adhered to across much of Europe, and also is admired and also mocked in equivalent procedure for its distinctly kitsch and regularly surreal efficiencies.
Lots of European countries have actually shuttered their boundaries, limited travel and also prohibited mass events in recent days as the coronavirus pandemic has actually grown.
The Netherlands has tape-recorded greater than 1,700 coronavirus cases as well as 43 fatalities throughout the pandemic, making it one of the worst afflicted countries in Europe.