Eurovision, the world’s most batshit-crazy talent competition, has been canceled for 2020.

Around this time each year, the good people of Europe (and Australia, for reasons that still baffle me) go to war in a musical way to determine superiority in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision dates back to 1956 and in 64 years has never missed an event–until now.

The finale of the 2020 edition was supposed to happen May 16 at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, a place that holds 16,000 people. But now that we’re dealing with COVID-19 and since the Dutch government banned large gatherings, there was no way acts and reps from over 50 countries should be doing everything together.

I realize that Eurovision is a pretty much an unknown commodity in North America, but I’ve always watched out of sheer amusement. Some of the weirdest acts end up making it through the national playdowns to the final bracket.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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