Eurovision, the iconic song contest that’s launched the career of many of our favourite pop stars is the latest major event to be cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Releasing a statement overnight, organisers said they’ve been exploring alternative options for weeks to allow the contest to go ahead.
“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 European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned,” the EBU statement reads.
The contest, which was to be held in May, has aired each year since it began 64 years ago.
“We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May but feel confident that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time,” the EBU wrote.
DNA contributor Cain Cooper who was heading to Rotterdam to cover the event is equally disappointed saying, “I love bringing all the highlights and hot guys of Eurovision to DNA! The cancellation of this year’s contest in Rotterdam has left me splashing my germ-carrying crying emoji all over my social media,” Cain said.
Cain, who travelled to Israel in 2019 to cover Eurovision, said he sympathised with event organisers, contestants and the host city.
“I echo the regretful sentiments of anyone who has, or had any role that goes into the creation of an experience like Eurovision, not just the organisers, but the host city of Rotterdam, and each participating country poised to send their acts. Our own relatively unknown Montaigne (whom we decided to send during February’s Australia Decides) has lost her amazing opportunity for exposure. I always thought it would be politics that broke Eurovision…” Cain said.
He also spoke of the significance of Eurovison.
“For me, us, the fans, the gathering of people who love how this event enriches our lives, for its diversity and inclusiveness, the greatest loss is not to be able to travel there, to have the opportunity to open up and celebrate with each other!” Cain said, “Again, fuck you COVID-19!”
Australia’s Montaigne was to represent the country at Eurovision after winning SBS’ Eurovision – Australia Decides in February.
While it won’t entirely help with those Eurovision cancelation blues, here’s a selection of Cain’s photos from Eurovision 2019.