The Eurovision Song Contest was due to take place in Rotterdam this week – two semi-finals happening on 12 and 14 May and the grand final on 16 May. That is obviously not happening now but in order to fill the gap, YouTube and the European Broadcasting Union are partnering on a two-part series, Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 Part 1 and 2, that will stream on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
The first part goes out today (12 May at 9pm CEST) and the second part goes out on Thursday (14 May, also at 9pm CEST). It will feature a number of Eurovision superfans as well as YouTube creators tackling all 41 songs that would have been performed by the different Eurovision artists during the competition. There will be interviews with artists, reaction videos and, YouTube promises in its trailer video, a “couple of surprises”.
It is all part of YouTube’s wider #StayHome #WithMe campaign. Normally, Eurovision reaches 180m TV viewers so it will be interesting to see how many people this online replacement can draw in.