Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest significant event to get postponed is none other than the much anticipated Eurovision song contest that was scheduled to air in Rotterdam in May.
The EBU said in a statement,
It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancelation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.
The European Broadcasting Union added, "However the uncertainty created by the spread of Covid-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities - means the EBU has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned."
The EBU continued, they’re hopeful of fans being understanding of this unprecedented decision and want them to await further news in the coming days patiently.
The Broadcasting Union concluded, "We would like to pay tribute to all the host broadcaster team in the Netherlands and our 41 Members who have worked so hard on planning this year’s event. We are all as heartbroken as they are that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May and know that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time."
Lesley Roy was one of the representatives of Ireland, expected to perform her song 'Story Of My Life.'
Meanwhile, RTE’s Michael Kealy, Ireland’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision, expressed his approval towards the decision insisting it’s understandable that the Eurovision Song Contest is canceled in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Kealy added RTE had been pretty excited working together with writer/performer Lesley Roy and creative directors THISISPOPBABY anticipating what’s to come in this year’s event. “We’re disappointed for Lesley and the whole creative team behind Story of My Life, which we felt was an offering with huge potential representing Ireland.”
Fans subsequently took to Twitter to express their disappointment.