Eurovision 2020 Lives On in New BBC Special, “Eurovision: Come Together”

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by Christopher Rudolph

5h ago

If you’re still mourning the cancelation of Eurovision 2020 then we have some good news for you: The camptastic song contest will live on in a new BBC special slated to premiere in May.

The BBC has announced it will air a compilation program on what would have been the song contest’s finale—Saturday, May 16. The special, titled Eurovision: Come Together, will be part of a series of programs produced by the BBC that aims to entertain the U.K. “in time of need” during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“The BBC will also deliver a range of virtual events to replace some of those that have now had to be canceled. We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past. Our pledge is to offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs,” said BBC Director-General Tony Hall.

Eurovision: Come Together will be hosted by Graham Norton and will “feature classic Eurovision performances, a look at what would have been in 2020 and entertaining interviews, including this year’s UK entry James Newman”.

The BBC will also be doing a similar program for Glastonbury, which had to cancel its 50th-anniversary festival this summer.


 





Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said in a statement: “Bringing the nation together to be entertained is a vital public service. Throughout this crisis, we will respond to the mood of the nation and provide programs to help us escape and laugh, and create memorable events which we can all enjoy from home to replace those we’re going to be missing this summer.”

Maybe The Mamas will finally get their moment in the spotlight they deserve!

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