The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was supposed to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, and the 5th time the Netherlands had hosted the event. However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were forced to cancel the live Eurovision 2020 event in Rotterdam due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the restrictions put in place by the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities. The venue, the Ahoy Arena, had to close down to be converted into a hospital to deal with Covid-19.
Ultimately, due to an outpouring of world-wide love for the competition, there was an alternative live broadcast on what was meant to be the finale night, Saturday 16th May 2020. "Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light", saw videos of the entries played out non-competitively, with a few sing-alongs and iconic faces from the past appearing too.
During the show all of the artists entered for the 2020 competition joined together, from their virtual locations across Europe, in a unifying performance of the Eurovision winner “Love Shine A Light” by UK performer Katrina And The Waves in 1997.
Rotterdam is due to host the 2021 contest, although, the songs selected for the 2020 contest are not eligible for the competition.