Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light

Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was a live television programme, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and produced by the Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO. It replaced the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was planned to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light
Final16 May 2020
VenueStudio 21, Hilversum, Netherlands
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerSietse Bakker[1]
Host broadcaster

The show was broadcast live from Hilversum, Netherlands on 16 May 2020 and lasted for approximately two hours.[3][4] It was hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, who had been chosen to present the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before its cancellation.[5]


As the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 could not take place due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Europe, the EBU decided to organise 'Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light' as an alternative. The name was inspired by the song "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. This was the fourth time that the EBU organised a special show in the Eurovision format, after the shows for the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries. Like the 25th and 60th anniversary shows, this was a non-competitive show.


Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley, the presenters of the programme

During the programme, all 41 songs that had been chosen to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 were honoured in a non-competitive format. Participants from the past were invited to make an appearance. Johnny Logan, the hosts and Eurovision fans who uploaded clips for the occasion sang Logan's "What's Another Year", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 in The Hague.[6] Closing the show, all artists (except Hooverphonic, representing Belgium)[7] performed "Love Shine a Light" from their respective home countries.[8]


On 1 April 2020, Hilversum was confirmed as the host city for the event and Studio 21 in the Hilversum Media Park was confirmed as the venue of the show.[3] It was the second time Hilversum hosted a Eurovision event, having previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.[9]


The show was hosted by three presenters: Actress and television host Chantal Janzen, singer and commentator for the contest Jan Smit, and singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests. They would have been the three hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager, also known as NikkieTutorials, was the host of the show's online content parts.[4]



The show featured performances from the following Eurovision artists:[10]

Order Country Artist Song Language(s) Location
01   Ireland Johnny Logan "What's Another Year" English Dublin
  Netherlands Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit Studio 21, Hilversum
Various countries Eurovision Song Contest fans Various locations
02   Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" English London
03   Israel Gali Atari (of Milk and Honey) "Hallelujah" Hebrew, English, Dutch Jerusalem
  Netherlands Finalists of Junior Songfestival 2018 and 2019[a] Unknown
04   Italy Diodato "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" Italian Milan
05   Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" Serbian Belgrade
06   Netherlands Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra "Love Shine a Light" Instrumental Various locations (Europe Shine A Landmark)
07   Germany Michael Schulte "Ein bißchen Frieden" German Peace Palace, The Hague
  Netherlands Ilse DeLange (of The Common Linnets)
08   Israel Netta "Cuckoo" English Tel Aviv
09   Netherlands Duncan Laurence "Someone Else" English Studio 21, Hilversum
10 All participating countries[b] Artists of Eurovision 2020 "Love Shine a Light" English Various locations
  United Kingdom Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves)

Song showcaseEdit

The show also showcased the artists and songs that would've been performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, by showing short excerpts of the songs' music videos or stage performances, along with video messages from the artists themselves. These were as follows:

Order Country Artist Song Language(s)
First segment
01   Israel Eden Alene "Feker libi" (ፍቅር ልቤ) English, Amharic, Hebrew, Arabic
02   Norway Ulrikke "Attention" English
03   Russia Little Big "Uno" English, Spanish
04   Georgia Tornike Kipiani "Take Me as I Am" English[c]
05   France Tom Leeb "Mon alliée (The Best in Me)" French, English
06   Azerbaijan Efendi "Cleopatra" English[d]
07   Portugal Elisa "Medo de sentir" Portuguese
08   Lithuania The Roop "On Fire" English
09   Sweden The Mamas "Move" English
Second segment
10   Latvia Samanta Tīna "Still Breathing" English
11   Belgium Hooverphonic "Release Me" English
12   United Kingdom James Newman "My Last Breath" English
13   Belarus VAL "Da vidna" (Да відна) Belarusian
14   Finland Aksel "Looking Back" English
15   North Macedonia Vasil "You" English
16    Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Répondez-moi" French
17   Serbia Hurricane "Hasta la vista" Serbian[e]
Third segment
18   Spain Blas Cantó "Universo" Spanish
19   Albania Arilena Ara "Fall from the Sky" English
20   Ireland Lesley Roy "Story of My Life" English
21   Slovenia Ana Soklič "Voda" Slovene
22   Austria Vincent Bueno "Alive" English
23   Bulgaria Victoria "Tears Getting Sober" English
24   San Marino Senhit "Freaky!" English
25   Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið "Think About Things" English
Fourth segment
26   Greece Stefania "Supergirl" English
27   Czech Republic Benny Cristo "Kemama" English
28   Poland Alicja "Empires" English
29   Moldova Natalia Gordienko "Prison" English
30   Cyprus Sandro "Running" English
31   Romania Roxen "Alcohol You" English
32   Croatia Damir Kedžo "Divlji vjetre" Croatian
33   Germany Ben Dolic "Violent Thing" English
Fifth segment
34   Malta Destiny "All of My Love" English
35   Estonia Uku Suviste "What Love Is" English
36   Australia Montaigne "Don't Break Me" English
37   Ukraine Go_A "Solovey" (Соловей) Ukrainian
38   Denmark Ben & Tan "Yes" English
39   Italy Diodato "Fai rumore" Italian
40   Armenia Athena Manoukian "Chains on You" English
41   Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy "Grow" English



Various landmarks across Europe were illuminated as part of a segment of the show named Europe Shine a Landmark.[11] The following landmarks were featured in the programme:

Order Country Landmark City
01   Ukraine Kyiv TV Center Kyiv
02   Greece Acropolis Athens
03   Bulgaria Ivan Vazov National Theatre Sofia
04   Ireland Rock of Cashel Cashel
05   Denmark The Little Mermaid Copenhagen
06   Portugal Belém Tower Lisbon
07   North Macedonia Archaeological Museum of North Macedonia Skopje
08   Azerbaijan Baku Crystal Hall (venue of the 2012 contest) Baku
09   Australia Sydney Opera House Sydney
10   Lithuania Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Vilnius
11   Iceland Harpa Reykjavík
12   Italy Piazza del Campidoglio Rome
13   Belgium Atomium Brussels
14   Norway Oslo Opera House Oslo
15   Albania Skanderbeg Monument Tirana
16   Malta Esplora Interactive Science Centre Kalkara
17   Serbia Stari dvor Belgrade
18   Latvia National Library of Latvia Riga
19   United Kingdom London Eye London
20   Cyprus Presidential Palace Nicosia
21   Spain Teatro Real (venue of the 1969 contest) Madrid
22   Croatia Croatian National Theatre Zagreb
23   Austria Wiener Riesenrad Vienna
24   San Marino Statua della Libertà and Palazzo Pubblico San Marino
25   France Eiffel Tower Paris
26   Russia Spasskaya Tower and Saint Basil's Cathedral Moscow
27   Sweden Globen (venue of the 2000 and 2016 contest) Stockholm
28   Poland Royal Castle in Warsaw Warsaw
29   Slovenia Ljubljana Castle Ljubljana
30   Israel Tower of David Jerusalem
31    Switzerland Matterhorn Valais
32   Romania Piața Unirii Bucharest
33   Armenia Yerevan TV Tower Yerevan
34   Germany Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
35   Belarus National Library of Belarus Minsk
36   Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Tallinn
37   Georgia Bridge of Peace Tbilisi
38   Netherlands Erasmusbrug Rotterdam

Czech Republic, Finland and Moldova were the only countries that did not have a landmark featured.

Broadcasters and commentatorsEdit

The show took place on the 16th May 2020 at 21:00 CEST.[4] The following countries broadcast the live show:

Country Broadcaster Channel(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Albania RTSH RTSH 1, RTSH Muzikë Andri Xhahu [12][13]
  Armenia AMPTV (1TV) David Tserunyan and Emma Hakobyan [13][14]
  Australia SBS SBS Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst [13]
  Austria ORF ORF 1 Andi Knoll
  Azerbaijan İctimai Television (İTV) Murad Arif [14]
  Belarus BTRC Belarus 1, Belarus 24 Evgeny Perlin [15][16]
  Belgium RTBF La Une French: Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys [17]
VRT Eén Dutch: Peter Van de Veire [18]
  Bulgaria BNT BNT 1, BNT 4 Elena Rosberg and Petko Kralev [13]
  Croatia HRT HRT 1 Duško Čurlić
  Cyprus CyBC RIK 1, RIK Sat Andreas Iakovidis [19]
  Czech Republic ČT ČT art Jan Maxián [20][21]
  Denmark DR DR1 Ole Tøpholm [22]
  Estonia[f] ERR ETV Estonian: Marko Reikop [24][23]
ETV+ Russian: Yuliya Kalenda and Aleksandr Khobotov
  Finland Yle Yle TV2 Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen and Krista Siegfrids
Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
  France France Télévisions France 2 Stéphane Bern [26][27]
  Georgia GPB 1TV Demetre Ergemlidze [14]
  Germany[g] ARD/NDR Das Erste Michael Schulte and Peter Urban [28][29]
  Greece ERT ERT1 Maria Kozakou [30][31]
  Iceland RÚV RÚV 1 Felix Bergsson [14]
  Ireland RTÉ RTÉ One Marty Whelan
  Israel IPBC (Kan) Kan 11 No commentary [32]
  Italy RAI Rai 1 Flavio Insinna and Federico Russo [33][34]
Rai 4, Rai Radio 2 Gino Castaldo and Ema Stokholma
  Latvia LTV LTV1 Toms Grēviņš [35]
  Lithuania LRT LRT televizija Ramūnas Zilnys [36]
  Malta PBS TVM No commentary [14]
  Moldova TRM Moldova 1 Daniela Crudu
  Netherlands AVROTROS NPO 1 Cornald Maas [37]
  North Macedonia MRT MRT 1 Aleksandra Jovanovska [38]
  Norway NRK NRK1 No commentary [13]
  Poland[h] TVP TVP1, TVP Polonia Artur Orzech [39][40]
  Portugal RTP RTP1, RTP Internacional Nuno Galopim [41]
  Romania TVR TVR1, TVRi Bogdan Stănescu [42]
  Russia Channel One (C1R) Yuriy Aksyuta and Yana Churikova [14][43]
  San Marino SMRTV San Marino RTV Flavio Insinna and Federico Russo [44]
  Serbia RTS RTS1, RTS Svet Duška Vučinić [45]
  Slovenia RTVSLO TV Slovenija 1 Andrej Hofer [46]
  Spain[i] RTVE La 1, TVE Internacional Tony Aguilar and Eva Mora [48][49]
  Sweden SVT SVT1 No commentary [50]
   Switzerland SRG SSR RSI La 2 Italian: Clarissa Tami and Sebalter [51][52]
RTS 1 French: Yoann Provenzano and Jean-Marc Richard
SRF 1 German: Sven Epiney [53]
  Ukraine STB Timur Miroshnychenko [54]
UA:PBC UA:First [55][56]
UA:Radio Promin Oleksandra Franko and Les Myrnyi [57][58]
  United Kingdom BBC BBC One Graham Norton [59]
Non-participating countries
  Bosnia-Herzegovina BHRT BHT 1 Maja Miralem [14]
  Kazakhstan Khabar Agency Khabar TV Nursultan Qurman and Mahabbat Esen
  Kosovo RTK RTK 1 Unknown
  Montenegro RTCG RTCG 1, Radio 98

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mannes Bakker, 6Times, Remix, Max & Anne, Moves, Kiya van Rossum, Matheu Hinzen and Anna Grigorian.
  2. ^ Except Belgium.
  3. ^ Contains "I love you" in Italian, Spanish, French and German, and one more word in French.
  4. ^ Contains the Japanese mantra "Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō".
  5. ^ Contains one repeated phrase in Spanish and two words in English.
  6. ^ In Estonia, the programme was broadcast under the name Eurovisioon 2020. Särav muusika! ("Eurovision 2020. Brilliant music!").[23]
  7. ^ In Germany, the programme will be broadcast with a one-hour delay, starting at 22:00 CEST, due to an overlap with the broadcast of Eurovision 2020 – das deutsche Finale.[13]
  8. ^ In Poland, the programme was broadcast under the name Światło dla Europy ("A Light for Europe").[39]
  9. ^ In Spain, the programme was broadcast under the name Europa enciende una luz ("Europa Shine a Light").[47]


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