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Newsletter: Poland does the double at Junior Eurovision 2019 Written by on November 24, 2019

As Junior Eurovision 2019 concludes with another Polish victoryJohn Lucas rounds up the latest news on closed rehearsals, Kazakhstan’s adult Eurovision aspirations, all the punditry from on the ground in Gliwice and more, as the ESC Insight newsletter returns…

Meanwhile, in Rotterdam…

While Junior Eurovision hurtles towards its conclusion, the buildup for next year’s adult Contest in Rotterdam is also accelerating quickly. Here’s a brief roundup of the latest major developments…

  • 41 countries will participate in the Contest next year, according to a press release from the EBU. Sadly, Hungary and Montenegro have both withdrawn, but their places will be filled by the return of Bulgaria and Ukraine, both of whom sat out 2019.
  • The official slogan for 2020 will be ‘Open Up…’ an intentionally incomplete statement representing the open minded values of the Dutch people and the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
  • The official Euroclub for 2020 will be held at the Maassilo, a multi purpose event venue on the Rotterdam waterfront which can accommodate up to 5,000 people across several distinctive party halls.
  • Two artists have been announced for Eurovision 2020 to date. Belgium will be represented by the internationally popular ambient pop group Hooverphonic, while former boyband star Blas Cantó has been internally selected to sing for Spain. ESC Insight is building a Spotify playlist of all Eurovision 2020’s selected artists, which you can subscribe to here
  • Finally, while a 2020 comeback is unlikely, the Principality of Andorra may be preparing to return to the Contest in the near future. Having firmly denied rumours of a return since their withdrawal in 2010, the micro state’s broadcaster confirmed that they were in talks with the government to secure funding for a future Eurovision bid. Could they soon earn their first ever place in the finals? Time will tell…

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About The Author: John Lucas

A writer and content marketing professional with a passion for getting lost in strange cities and a strange fascination with micro states, John has been with ESC Insight since 2015 and has also had his writing featured in publications including The Guardian, Popjustice and So So Gay. Tweetable @JLucas86.

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