The announcement took place during the broadcast of the “Europe Shine A Light” program, produced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and public television in the Netherlands, as a replacement for the traditional contest, suspended for the first time in its 65 years of history.
Last April, the municipality of Rotterdam had shown its willingness to host Eurovision 2021, approving an increase of 6.7 million euros for the event’s budget.
After the victory of Dutchman Duncan Laurence in Israel in 2019, several cities in the Netherlands presented themselves as candidates to host the festival.
Rotterdam was chosen after analyzing the technical suitability of the location, the surrounding facilities and the municipality’s financial contribution, the organizers said.
Portugal would be represented in the 2020 edition with the song “Medo de Sentir”, performed by Elisa and composed by Marta Carvalho.