The cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has left a void in the schedules of worldwide broadcasters, but the EBU have stepped in with their replacement show Europe Shine a Light. Although the BBC originally sought to only show their own Graham Norton fronted Eurovision: Come Together compilation, the British broadcaster has now scheduled both shows for Saturday 16th of May.
Check out the full synopsis of the upcoming show below:
“In addition to spotlighting the 41 songs of 2020, the unique production will include special performances from popular artists from Eurovision’s past. 2020’s artists will also join together, from their locations across Europe, in a unifying performance of 1997’s Eurovision winner Love Shine A Light by Katrina And The Waves.“
Sietse Bakker, the show’s executive producer, has noted that the show seeks to pay tribute to artist’s of the 2020 contest as well as those key workers fighting the virus, and the families affected by the pandemic. Graham Norton will provide commentary during the EBU’s replacement show.
British audiences will be able to enjoy both the above shows, as well as The A-Z of Eurovision (10pm on Saturday 16 May on BBC Two), and TOTP2 Goes Eurovision! (10.30pm on Saturday 16 May on BBC Two).
Eurovision: Come Together will be broadcast at 6.30pm on Saturday 16 May on BBC One. Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light will follow at 8pm.