Worry lines for top Euro singing contest

People | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 9 Mar 2020

Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest are focused on holding the event planned for Rotterdam in May while weighing possible disruptions from the coronavirus crisis.

Dutch public broadcaster NPO has been in consultations with the European Broadcasting Union, the co-producer of the hugely popular televised event, to review how the virus may impact the contest.

"It is currently too early to comment on possible scenarios," NPO said. "Our focus is on producing an unforgettable Eurovision Song Contest."

The Dutch broadcaster then declined to comment on reports that the glitzy festival could go ahead without its usual live audience of thousands of people, instead being televised from behind closed doors in the Dutch port city.

That comes with 65,000 people expected to attend nine different shows including the final on May 16 at Rotterdam's Ahoy venue.

The Netherlands won the right to host Eurovision after Dutch singer Duncan Laurence stormed to victory in last year's contest in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

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