Eurovision 2020: Host city bid process begins in The Netherlands
The process to determine the host city of the next Eurovision Song Contest kicked of today in the Netherlands, as the interested cities are invited to send in their interest in hosting the next contest.
The three Dutch natonal broadcasters that will co-organize the next Eurovision Song Contest, NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, kicked off today the host city bid procedure making an open call to all cities interest to send in their applications.
This will be the 5th time The Netherlands are organizing the contest the previous 4 time were in Hilversum (1958) , Amsterdam (1970) and The Hague (1976, 1980).
The whole bid process will unfold during June and July and will include three stages:
- In the first half of June, all interested cities/regions will receive a document from NPO/AVROTROS/NOS with criteria they will need to meet for hosting. This will form the foundation for each city’s bid.
- The cities/regions in the running for Host City will then have 4 weeks to compile their “bid books”, to be submitted in the first half of July.
- In mid-July, the organizers have the option to visit the cities and regions that have applied. The host city for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will be decided in consultation with the EBU following an assessment of all the bids.
Interested Dutch cities and regions can email the organization.
Potential candidate host cities
The cities or regions that so far seem to be interested in hosting the next Eurovision song contest are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Zwolle , Utrecht, Maastricht, The Hague, Leeuwarden, and Den Bosch
However we have to wait and see which of the cities will meet the criteria EBU is requiring in order to make it to the final round of evaluation. Meanwhile the EBU and the three Dutch broadcasters will determine the dates on which the three live shows of the next Eurovision will take place in The Netherlands, after Duncan Laurence’s win less then two week ago in Tel Aviv.