As a replacement for the canceled eurovision song contest (ESC) 2020, stefan raab and the television station prosieben are planning a "new, free european song contest". It is to be held on 16. May 2020 in poland under all "current legal requirements and (…) requirements of the health authorities" and "free european song contest" heiben.
This had originally been the date of the canceled ESC. Raab wants to produce the show, as the station announced on tuesday (31. March 2020) announced. The entertainer had often shown a good nose in the matter of ESC in the past years. The last german winner of the eurovision songcontest was lena meyer-landrut, who stefan raab interviewed in his own casting show discovered.
No april joke – show will come
Prosieben clarified on inquiry of the german press agency that this action is no april joke. The broadcaster quoted raab (53) as saying: "music unites many people, especially in difficult times. This is the birth of a new free european song contest."
Prosieben head daniel rosemann spoke of a "great opportunity to live and celebrate europe in these times with a new music contest". Details will be presented by the organizers in a short time. The hashtag for the show: #freeesc.
On 18. March, the european broadcasting union announced that the ESC would be cancelled for the first time in its more than 60-year history due to the coronavirus. The competition was planned in rotterdam. Read all important news about the coronavirus in our live ticker.