Event venues, suppliers and the organizers of concerts, sports matches and other events are teaming up to figure out how to organize events that people can attend without risking a coronavirus infection. They're working on ideas on how attendees can enter, sit, use catering and toilet facilities, and leave again, all while maintaining social distancing, NOS reports.
Some 18 more people who tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands died since Wednesday, public health agency RIVM said. In total, 76 people who were infected have died ranging in age from 63 to 95 years old.
Another 409 people were also diagnosed as being infected with the virus, which raises the Netherlands total number of positive test cases to 2,460. To date, 489 people have required hospitalization, including at least 177 who were being treated in intensive care on Wednesday.
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Rotterdam, was cancelled, the broadcasters involved announced on Wednesday. The decision was made by the European Broadcasting Union, which manages the popular annual event.
"It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam," the organization said in a statement. The remarks continued to say the team was "heartbroken" that the event could not be held in May as planned.
The Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to happen in Rotterdam in May, will not be canceled as yet, according to Rotterdam tourism alderman Said Kasmi (D66). "I think there should be an examination in mid-April about how things stand then. So we still have plenty of time," Kasmi said to newspaper AD. The Rotterdam Marathon will also happen as planned.
The spread of coronavirus Covid-19 in the Netherlands is starting to mess with the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest, set to be held in Rotterdam in May. At least three more people in the Netherlands tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Reports on social media indicate that at least three of the 900 Vindicat students currently skiing in northern Italy have been infected with the virus, but according to the Groningen student association, this is "fake news".
Nikkie de Jager, known worldwide by her YouTube name NikkieTutorials, will be the fourth presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest, in addition to the already announced Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The 25-year-old YouTube star will be the "online host" - she will report about the event online, record a YouTube series with the artists, and will be on television at the semi-finals and final in Rotterdam in May, NOS repots.
Utrecht teen Stefania Liberakakis will be representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam later this year. Greek broadcaster ERT announced that the 17-year-old Dutch-Greek girl will be in the second semifinal with the song Supergirl.
"I am completely flabbergasted," Stefania said to NOS. "I have received so many sweet messages. I didn't sleep until 4:00 o'clock last night because I was shaking."
It took less than an hour for the first tranche of Eurovision 2020 tickets to sell out on Thursday, the song competition said in a statement. Ticket sales for the semi-finals and the Grand Final in Rotterdam opened up at noon, with some customers complaining that access to the website was buggy and limited.
The first tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year will go on sale at noon on Thursday. Rotterdam residents with a low income can now also sign up on the municipality's website to win free tickets.
The tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam will range between 18.50 euros for a place with limited visibility during a rehearsal to and 248.50 euros for a standing place in Ahoy at the final. The song festival will be presented by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, and Jan Smit. The organizers are also taking various measures to limit ticket resale as much as possible, RTL Nieuws reports.
Minister Arie Slob plans to use better-than-expected advertising revenue from Ster to cover the government's contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Rotterdam next year, sources told De Telegraaf. Ster is the foundation that provides advertising to the Dutch public broadcasting system.
The slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year is 'Open Up', the organizers announced. "We looked for a theme and slogan that reflect what the Netherlands stands for and which the Dutch can identify with; a country with an open mind to the world, where we speak our mind, with respect for each other", said Sietse Bakker, executive producer of next year's event.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam, the song festival announced on Friday. The semi finals will be held on Tuesday May 12th and Thursday May 14th, with grand final scheduled for Saturday May 16th. Rotterdam Ahoy will be the venue, NOS reports.
When selecting the location, the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest looked at the technical suitability of the location, surrounding facilities, availability and financial contribution from the municipality. Rotterdam emerged as the favorite.
The Eurovision Song Competition next year will be held either in Rotterdam or Maastricht. These two cities submitted a substantively stronger bid than Utrecht, Den Bosch and Arnhem, who are no longer in the running to host the event, the selection committee announced, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam will not host the Eurovision Song Competition. The Ziggo Dome, the intended location, is not available when the Song Competition is set to be held. " This in connection with bookings and reservations that on closer inspection can not be rebooked", Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema wrote in a letter.
The city tried to find another location, but it was to no avail. The RAI and Johan Cruijff Arena are also unavailable. And AFAS Live is too small.
Duncan Laurence landed at Schiphol Airport at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, after winning the coveted Eurovision Song Contest title for the Netherlands for the first time in 44 years with his song Arcade. He was greeted by red, white and blue balloons at the sliding doors and a crowd of screaming fans waving Dutch flags, wearing orange shirts, and red-white-blue floral wreaths and hats.
Less than 24 hours after being crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Duncan Laurence is set to make his way back to the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon. "I cannot describe this in words. I am so happy. It is really a dream come true," Laurence said in the press conference following his victory early Sunday morning.
Dutch singer Waylon made it through to the Eurovision Song Contest finals on Thursday. He along with 25 other artists will represent their countries in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, NU.nl reports.
The Outlaw in 'Em - singer will take the stage in the second half of the finals. "It was kind of stressful, but we are incredibly happy", Waylon said in a first reaction at a press conference on Friday.
Hints seen throughout a video posted to Youtube suggest that Dutch singer-songwriter Waylon will make his second trip to the Eurovision Song Contest. He participated with Ilse DeLange as one-half of The Common Linnets, which scored a surprise second place finish in 2014.
The video, produced by Avrotros, is meant to show the point-of-view of a man leading a rock star life. He wakes up with handcuffs still on, surrounded by half-naked women and empty liquor bottles. Glimpses of Waylon’s tattoos, guitars, and his hat are all clues that led to the quick identification.
The OG3NE sisters Lisa, Shelly and Amy are somewhat disappointed that they placed 11th in the Eurovision Song Contest. "We did our best and hope that we made the Netherlands proud", Lisa said to AD after the finals in Kiev on Saturday. "But we did expect a higher position." The three Dutch women were met by cheering fans when they landed on Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon.
Dutch singers O3GNE made it through to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. They will perform sixth in the finals in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Their position was determined by a lottery after the second semi-final on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
A total of 1.5 million Dutch watched the first semi finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on NPO 1 on Tuesday night, according to figures from Stichting KijkOnderzoek, BuzzE reports.
Before the Eurovision Song Contest, NPO broadcast Op weg naar het Songfestival, in which Dutch celebrities speculated on the prospects of the semi-finalists. That drew nearly 1.3 million viewers. Only the NOS Journaal van 20.00 scored better with 2 million viewers.
Dutch singer Douwe Bob is disappointed by his 11th place in the Eurovision Song Contest, but also proud of his performance. "I'd be lying if I said I was not disappointed. You go with one guoal and I did not realize it", he said to 3FM on his way to the airport in Stockholm on Sunday. "But it's okay and actually I'm very happy."
Douwe Bob will be performing during the first half of the Eurovision Song Contest finals on Saturday. The signer-songwriter drew a lot to play in the first half of the evening during the press conference that followed the first semifinal of the contest