Free European Song Contest 2020

The Free European Song Contest 2020 was the first edition of the Free European Song Contest,[1] organised by the German television network ProSieben and the production company Brainpool TV. It served as an alternative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was planned to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free European Song Contest 2020
Dates
Final16 May 2020
Host
VenueCologne, Germany
Presenter(s)
Executive producerStefan Raab
Host broadcasterProSieben
Participants
Number of entries16
Vote
Voting systemEach country awards 1–8, 10 and 12 points to their ten favourite songs. The points from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are derived from televoting. The points from the other countries are decided by their respective spokespersons.
Winning song Spain
"Like I Love You"
Free European Song Contest → 2021
Steven Gätjen
Conchita Wurst
Steven Gätjen and Conchita Wurst, the presenters of Free ESC 2020

The show was broadcast on 16 May 2020 at 20:15 CEST on the television channel ProSieben.[2] It was presented by Steven Gätjen and Conchita Wurst.[2] The show was also broadcast on the Austrian private television broadcaster Puls 24 with commentary by Tamara Mascara, Dori Bauer and Patrick Fux.[3] ProSieben Austria and ProSieben Schweiz also took the live feed.

FormatEdit

PresentersEdit

The programme was hosted by two presenters: the German television host Steven Gätjen and the Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[2]

ParticipantsEdit

Draw Country[4] Artist[5] Song Language(s) Place Points
01   Netherlands Ilse DeLange "Changes" English 2 88
02   Turkey Eko Fresh feat. Umut Timur "Günaydin" German, Turkish 6 71
03   Ireland Sion Hill "Speak Up" English 10 53
04   Croatia Vanessa Mai "Highlight (Ti si moja snaga)" German, Croatian, Spanish 9 55
05   Bulgaria Oonagh "Du bist genug" German, Bulgarian 8 62
06   Austria Josh. "Wo bist du" German 15 22
07   Poland Glasperlenspiel "Immer da" German[a] 11 46
08   United Kingdom Kelvin Jones "Friends" English 12 45
09   Kazakhstan Mike Singer "Paranoid" German[b] 14 23
10   Denmark Kate Hall "Reset" English[c] 16 20
11   Spain Nico Santos "Like I Love You" English, Spanish 1 104
12   Italy Sarah Lombardi "Te amo mi amor" German, Italian[d] 13 37
13    Switzerland Stefanie Heinzmann "All We Need Is Love" English, Walser German 7 66
14   The Moon Der Astronaut "Back to the Moon" English 3 85
15   Israel Gil Ofarim "Alles auf Hoffnung" German[e] 5 75
16   Germany Helge Schneider "Forever at Home" German, English 4 76

Score sheetEdit

Results
Total score
Netherlands
Turkey
Ireland
Croatia
Bulgaria
Austria
Poland
United Kingdom
Kazakhstan
Denmark
Spain
Italy
Switzerland
The Moon
Israel
Germany
Contestants
Netherlands 88 6 6 10 8 6 10 12 12 3 3 12
Turkey 71 3 10 12 8 7 4 1 5 6 5 10
Ireland 53 10 8 4 4 6 4 6 1 8 2
Croatia 55 1 3 12 5 6 5 8 2 2 7 4
Bulgaria 62 4 10 8 1 4 12 8 12 3
Austria 22 2 2 6 5 3 3 1
Poland 46 8 5 1 6 1 2 5 10 2 6
United Kingdom 45 1 3 3 10 10 10 8
Kazakhstan 23 7 4 2 7 1 2
Denmark 20 2 7 2 2 2 1 4
Spain 104 12 7 5 10 6 10 12 4 3 5 8 7 7 8
Italy 37 4 2 3 4 8 1 2 3 4 1 5
Switzerland 66 5 8 5 7 1 1 6 8 4 4 10 7
The Moon 85 5 12 12 2 10 7 6 7 12 12
Israel 75 6 10 7 7 3 7 5 5 8 6 5 6
Germany 76 3 12 12 1 8 4 3 3 1 7 10 12

12 pointsEdit

N. Contestant Countries giving 12 points
4   The Moon   Austria
  Croatia
  Germany
   Switzerland
3   Germany   Ireland
  The Moon
  Turkey
  Netherlands   Denmark
  Israel
  Spain
2   Bulgaria   Italy
  Kazakhstan
  Spain   Netherlands
  United Kingdom
1   Croatia   Bulgaria
  Turkey   Poland

SpokespersonsEdit

The spokespersons announced the scores of their respective country's national jury[6]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Contains a few lines in Polish
  2. ^ Contains one line in Russian
  3. ^ Contains one line in Danish
  4. ^ Contains a title and repeated refrain in Spanish
  5. ^ Contains one line in Hebrew

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spiteri, Steven (17 May 2020). "Germany: Free European Song Contest to return in 2021". Eurovisionworld. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Conchita Wurst und Steven Gätjen moderieren bei Stefan Raabs ESC-Ersatz-Show". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ "PULS 24 präsentiert den "Free European Song Contest"". www.puls24.at. 13 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (5 May 2020). "15 Countries to Compete in the Free European Song Contest". Eurovoix World. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ Streckmann, Carolin (15 May 2020). "Stefan Raabs Alternativ-Contest: 14 der 15 Teilnehmer von Raabs ESC-Ersatz veröffentlicht". RP Online (in German). Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (2020-05-13). "Two Former Eurovision Participants Among The Free European Song Contest Artists". Eurovoix World. Retrieved 2020-05-13.