The Eurovision 2020 lineup has been announced

The Eurovision 2020 lineup has been announced

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Thursday, 7th May 2020
Graham Norton (Credit: BBC)
Graham Norton (Credit: BBC)

There may not be a Eurovision contest this year, but the BBC has plenty of Eurovision content for fans across TV, radio and online.

There will be a mix of special programmes and a look back at some classic moments from Eurovision.

Famous faces Graham Norton, Ken Bruce and Rylan Clark-Neal will help bring the Eurovision spirt into viewers homes. 

Graham Norton described Eurovision as a form of “escapism” for people especially during these times.

He added: “This year people at home can celebrate the amazing spirit of the event and hopefully get the chance to take their mind off the current situation for a few hours.”

Ken Bruce commented: “I’ll be playing tracks from Eurovision 2020 featuring some of the best of this year's entries which sadly won't get to take part in the final. And I’ll also be hearing from previous years' stars.”



Eurovision: Come Together

In this one-off special, there may not be a contest, but Graham Norton will be hosting a night of Eurovision fun.

A shortlist of Eurovision performances have been complied by experts and celebrity fans, and UK viewers will be able to vote live for their favourite.

Norton will also talk to James Newman, who would have been the UK entrant this year in The Netherlands.

Eurovision: Come Together will air at 6:30pm on Saturday 16th May.


Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light

Broadcast simultaneously across Europe, the one-off show will be hosted by the contest’s original Dutch hosts Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit.

All 41 songs that would have competed will be played, but in a non-competitive format with plenty of surprises for viewers.

There will also be a virtual sing-along of the winning song for Ireland in 1980, Johnny Logan’s What’s Another Year.

Norton will provide commentary for BBC One viewers and the show will air at 8pm on Saturday 16th May.



The A-Z of Eurovision

Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, The A-Z of Eurovision will look back on the 65 years of Eurovision, reminiscing about the costume changes, best musical moments and accidental disasters.

Clark-Neal will go through the alphabet starting with A for Abba, Azerbaijan and animals, all the way to Z for Måns Zelmerlöw.

The A-Z of Eurovision will air at 10pm on Saturday 16th May.


TOTP2 Goes Eurovision!

Steve Wright is hosting the Eurovision themed show, with songs from the archive of the competition, including Bucks Fizz, Lulu, Abba, Cliff Richard and 2007 UK entrants Scooch.

TOTP2 Goes Eurovision! will air at 11pm on Saturday 16th May.


BBC Four

Eurovision At 60

Originally shown in 2015 to mark the competition’s 60th anniversary, the show looks at the scandal, mystery and craziness that the Eurovision Song Contest is known for.

The pioneering songs, innovative technology and arduous voting are explored and the contest’s symbol of tolerance is celebrated.

Interviews with Graham Norton, Conchita Wurst and Sir Terry Wogan, plus Eurovision stars and programme makers are included.

Eurovision At 60 will air at 9:30pm on Friday 15th May.


BBC One Northern Ireland

Dana: The Original Derry Girl

Fifty years ago, at just 18-years-old Dana left Bogside to represent Ireland in the 15th Eurovision Song Contest.

It was a night that changed her life forever when, despite the odds, she became Ireland’s first Eurovision winner.

Dana: The Original Derry Girl will air at 10:45pm on Monday 11th May on BBC One Northern Ireland, before being repeated at 11pm on Friday 15th May on BBC Four.


BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

Eurovision 2020: The Cancelled Coronavirus Year

The behind the scenes documentary began filming in February before the coronavirus cancelled the Eurovision song contest.

The documentary follows UK hopeful James Newman in rehearsals and backstage at his first public performance of his Eurovision song.

With the contest now cancelled, Newman says what his future holds and speaks to this year’s contestants from other countries and artists who have worked with him before, such as Olly Murs and Rudimental.

Eurovision 2020: The Cancelled Coronavirus Year will be available from 6am on Monday 11th May on BBC iPlayer.


BBC Radio 2

For Ken Bruce’s mid-morning weekday show, the featured album of the week will be Eurovision 2020, with the official compilation album from the contest.

In preparation for his show on Saturday night, in the morning Norton will be playing some of the contest’s best loved songs.

Following Norton’s show on Saturday Night, Clark-Neal presents Eurovision Kings and Queens of Pop, in which he selects his favourite Eurovision songs and moments over the years.


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There may not be a Eurovision contest this year, but the BBC has plenty of Eurovision content for fans across TV, radio and online.