The damage incurred by the municipality of Rotterdam after the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest due to the coronavirus outbreak is not covered by the insurance. That means that Rooterdam will need addtional funds in oder to host again the competition. 
The unprecedent cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has a dramatic financial impact on the Dutch organisers. The damage caused by the contest’s cancellation is not covered by the insurance. This also applies to the insurance policies of Ahoy and the producer of Eurovision Village. The mayor announced this to the Rotterdam city council on Wednesday.

Moving the Eurovision song contest because of the corona virus costs the municipality of Rotterdam 6.7 million euros. That amount is in addition to the 15 million euros that have already been spent. The city council has yet to decide this month. If the council agrees, the amount of money is needed for the rental of Ahoy, security and the setting up of the Eurovision village at the Binnenrotte.

According to the city council, all organizing broadcasters once again support Rotterdam’s choice of host city in 2021.


Following the cancellation and EBU’s decision not to allow the Eurovision 2020 entries to compete in next year’s contest, a several countries have confirmed their participation and representatives or the format to be used in order to determine their ESC 2021 hopefuls. Already 20 countries have confirmed their participation out of which 13 have already selected their hopefuls by sticking with the ESC 2020 acts while another set of 6 have decided to run new national selections.