Duncan Laurence, the Dutch winner of Eurovision 2019 has no hesitation revealing Rotterdam as the city he prefers to see hosting the next Eurovision Song Contest.

Last Monday Duncan Laurence took the stage at the Pinkpop Festival 2019 in Landraaf, Limburg  performing and impressing the audience that was there to hear him.

During his presence at the festival  local television channel L1 Limburg approached the Eurovision winner to talk and gave him  a ‘Maastricht Douze Points‘ t-shirt. Duncan accepted the gift  and thanked the journalist but said that he prefers to see Eurovision 2020 held in Rotterdam!

Precisely Duncan stated to L1 Limburg:

My preference is for the city near where I come from and that is Rotterdam… Sorry Maastricht!

He added that the ultimate decision on deliberating the 2020 Eurovision host city lies in the hands of AVROTROS.

As the host city bid process is in progress ,the final decision on the 2020 Eurovision host city will be determined by all three Dutch national broadcasters: NOS, NPO and AVROTROS. Rotterdam, Maastricht and Amsterdam seem to be the frontrunners in the  race, with Arnhem, Breda, Den Bosch, The Hague, Utrecht and Leeuwarden following.

Eurovision 2020 and the host city bid process

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be co-produced by three Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO in collaboration with the EBU. So far nine cities have officially applied to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. At the present the cities have 4 weeks to prepare their proposals and built their candidacy files that will support their application. Once ready they will submit their files to the organizers which in collaboration with EBU will determine the host city of Eurovision 2020. The final decision is not expected earlier than August. 

The dates of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are yet to be confirmed and unveiled. The Netherlands will host the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after  Duncan Laurence‘s  victory in Tel Aviv last May.