The European Broadcasting Union announced Friday that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam beat four other Dutch citied in the race to be chosen as the host city of the annual song contest. It was finally selected following a tight race with the southern Dutch city of Maastricht.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, said, “Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and has the right facilities to welcome delegations from over 40 countries next May.”
Shula Rijxman, Director General of NPO added: ”It is our wish to organize a Eurovision Song Contest that is embraced throughout the Netherlands and also functions as a showcase for our country in Europe. We are happy that as a public broadcaster we can now really work together with Rotterdam and the Ahoy arena to organize a unique event that connects and inspires all inhabitants of the Netherlands and Europe.”
Watch this year’s winner Duncan Laurence announcement below.