Eurovision 2020: San Marino, Denmark and Germany confirm participation in next year’s contest
As the sound and glitter are fading out, just a few days after the Eurovision 2019 grand final countries are starting to confirm their presence in the next Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands. Let go and see three countries that have already expressed their intention to compete in the 65th edition of the contest.
Serhat’s qualification to the final and the 19th placing which is the best score for San Marino since its debuted in the contest, has left a sense of satisfaction in the national broadcaster , SMRTV. Therefore it is not strange that San Marino’s national broadcaster is one of the first ones to comfirm its participation in Eurovision 2020.
According to the General Director of SMRTV, Carlos Romeo, the broadcaster has already started looking into the project of the Eurovision 2020 participation, declaring himself his excitement with this year’s participation and score performance.
However more details on the format used to select the next representative or the dates of the national selection will come in the near future.
The Eurovision story so far
San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 with Miodio and is yet to win the event. The landlocked country has participated in Europe’s favorite television show 9 times and has only made it to the Grand Final twice, in 2014 when Valentina Monetta placed 24th in the Grand Final and this year with Serhat who achieve the best placing finishing 19th in the Grand final
Valentina has flow the Sammarinese flag at the Eurovision Song Contest four times ( 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017).
The Danish national broadcaster, DR, has confirmed that the country will be present in the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in The Netherlands.
Denmark will select its next Eurovision act and entry through the traditional national final format of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The 2020 national final is set to take place on Saturday, March 7 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. στην Κοπεγχάγη. The national final will be returning to the capital city after 17 years . Fans of the DMGP can provide their tickets on the official site
The city’s Mayor Mr. Frank Jensen, expressed his satisfaction that the national final will be coming back in Copenhagen saying:
The Melodi Grand Prix is a special part of our cultural heritage, which year after year manages to gather the Danes across generations and parts of the country. After 17 years, we look forward to welcoming the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix back in Copenhagen to a huge folk party for both young and old.
The Eurovision so far
Denmark made it first appearance in the Eurovision family in 1957 and has been crowned winner three times: In 1963 with Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann and the song Dansevise, in 2000 with Olsen Brothers and their entry Fly on the wings of love and in 2013 with Emmelie de Forest and her song Only teardrops
The country apart from hosting the Contest each year after its victories , has hosted the special show tribute to the 50th Eurovision anniversary in 2005. This year Leonora represented the country with the song “Love is forever” which came 12th in the Grand final.
The German national broadcaster, NDR, has confirmed the country’s participation in the next Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands in 2020.
Even though the country went low on the scoreboard finishing second last in the grand final and getting null points from the televoting, it wasn’t enough to keep the Germans from confirming early their next Eurovision participation. However no details have been announced on the format they will use to select their next representative or the dates the national final will take place.
The Eurovision story so far
Germany is one of the Big-5 countries and qualify in Eurovision directly in the final. The country has participated in every edition of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, with one year’s exception back in 1996. The country has won the competition twice, namely in 1982 and 2010.
In 2018 Germany placed 4th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with Michael Schulte‘s You let me walk alone , while this year the duo Sisters represented the country and finished second last in the 25th place of the grand final.
Notable that apart from these three countries mentioned above Czech Republic has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020 since January 2019 while Norway has already opened the submission window for next year’s national selection.