Eurostream 2020: Fan media outlets to run an alternative online version of the Eurovision Song Contest
The 2020 Eurovision edition has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Depsite the initial disappoitment, times demand to keep heads up, urging a group of Eurovision fan media outlets to run an alternative online version of the contest : Eurostream 2020!
Eurostream 2020 includes the 41 competing countries that were to take part in this year’s cancelled Eurovision Song Contest. The competition will run entirely online and will feature three parts of live streaming , on 5, 7 and 9 May, resembling to the ESC format. The 41 countries will be split up in two semi final rounds ( 5 and 7 May) according to the draw allocation taken place back in January. 10 countries from each semi final will qualifiy to the Grand final, where they will join last year’s winner, The Netherlands, and the Big-5 countries ( France, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany), just exactly as in real Eurovision.
Results and running order like the real Eurovision
And the similarities go further on, as the results in each of the 3 live streamign rounds will be determined 50% by professional juries and 50% by an online public voting while the presentation of the results will resemble that of the real competition. Due to the restricitions there will be no live performances but the official music videos of the competing entries will be broadcast instead. However, additional live streamings will run ahead of the three rounds, on April 21 and 28 in order to determine the semi finals’ running order.
The whole project is run by the following fan media outlets : Songfestival.be, ESC Nation, Songfestivalweblog NL, ESCDaily, The EuroWhat? Podcast, Eurovision Union, ESCKAZ.com / ESCCovers.com / Euroforum / Eurovision South Africa, Eurovision Universe, ESCplus, ESC Insight,Ding-a-Dong: een podcast over het Eurovisie Songfestival, 12 Points From America, aussievision.net, escgo.com, eurovisionary.com, evrovizija.rs, scorewiz.eu, songfestivalforum.nl.