Eurovision Song Contest 2020: What you need to know

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

In the televised song contest stakes they don't really come more extravagant than Eurovision. In its 63-year history, the contest has grown hugely in production and popularity, becoming the over-the-top affair we know and love it for today.

The first contest was held on 24 May 1956, when seven nations participated accompanied by a live orchestra. Since then, Eurovision has expanded and now it's the norm for 26 countries to battle it out in a grand final taking place in a large arena.

Eurovision 2020 will be no different, as contestants congregate in Rotterdam to compete for the prize.

Ahead of this year's contest, here's what you need to know...

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Eurovision 2020: Where is it?

This year's grand final will take place at Rotterdam Ahoy, a large convention centre and arena, in The Netherlands.

Director of Rotterdam Ahoy, Jolanda Jansen, said:

"In our almost fifty years of existence, Rotterdam Ahoy hosted many wonderful, international events. We are convinced that Ahoy and the Eurovision Song Contest are a perfect fit.

Rotterdam Ahoy hosted Junior Eurovision 2007.

Eurovision 2020: When is it?

The grand final will be held on Saturday 16 May and will be broadcast live for viewers in the UK. The first semi-final will be on Tuesday 12 May while the second semi-final will be held two days later on Thursday 14 May.

Eurovision 2020: Who's hosting?

This year's contest will be hosted by Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit.

Eurovision 2020: Who's competing?

41 countries will compete in Eurovision 2020, with 26 making it through from the semi-finals to the grand final. Ten acts will make it through each semi-final and compete against the six countries who pre-qualified - Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK (known as the big five) and the host nation, The Netherlands.

For the UK, songwriter James Newman will be performing 'My Last Breath' in the hope of taking home the top prize.

Eurovision 2020: What's the prize?

The winner of the contest will get to perform once again on the big night of the final and take home the glass microphone trophy. The winning country will traditionally be given the honour of hosting the next Eurovision Song Contest. Of course, gaining success at the contest can help to propel a song up the international music charts, too.

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