We have a winner!
The winner of Eurostream 2020 is 🇮🇸 ICELAND!
Congratulations to Daði og Gagnamagnið with the song Think About Things!
We’ve tried to recreate a contest that was cancelled this year because we are devoted fans of Eurovision. We are not professionals, just your regular 4 fans with an idea 🤓 With the help of our partners we made all of this happen in a very short period of time. As we are aware, we had a hard time during the final but thank you for pulling us through with all your kind words.😍
We are signing off now with this one time event and it was a pleasure for us and we hope you all had a great time watching us do what we love to do.
Lots of love, stay safe and healthy
from the Eurostream 2020 core team (Ben, Gunther, Jonthan and Paul)
You can see the detailed results of the final and semi-finals here.
Rewatch the final (with the unintended breaks cut out) here.
Thursday 7 May : Semi-Final 2
(Re-)watch the show here:
Tuesday 5 May: Semi-Final 1
(Re-)watch the show here:
About Eurostream 2020
Following the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, several major Eurovision websites have joined forces to organise an alternative online edition of the Contest.
Under the joint name Eurostream 2020, three live shows (two Semi-Finals and a Grand Final) will be broadcast online for viewers around the world. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 5 May and Thursday 7 May, with the Grand Final on Saturday 9 May.
Read more about it here or check out the FAQ.
21 April - 20:00 CEST - Draw for running order First Semi-Final - Live Broadcast
28 April - 20:00 CEST - Draw for running order Second Semi-Final - Live Broadcast
4 May - Revelation of national jury members
5 May - 21:00 CEST - Eurostream 2020 - First Semi-Final - Live Broadcast
7 May - 21:00 CEST - Eurostream 2020 - Second Semi-Final - Live Broadcast
9 May - 21:00 CEST - Eurostream 2020 - Grand Final - Live Broadcast
FAQ - Frequently asked questions
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What is Eurostream 2020?
Eurostream 2020 is an online alternative to the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020, consisting of three online live streams. We seek to remain as close as possible to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, with a jury and a televote deciding the qualifiers of the Semi-Finals, and a live scoreboard to decide the winner on the final night.
Who organizes Eurostream 2020?
Twenty-one international Eurovision fan sites, blogs and/or podcasts are cooperating for this unique project. In alphabetical order they are:
12 points from America, Aussievision, Ding-a-Dong Podcast, ESCDaily, escgo!, ESC Insight, ESC Nation, ESC Plus, ESCplus España, ESCKAZ, ESCXTRA, EuroVisionary, Eurovision Union, Eurovision Universe, Evrovizija.rs / ESC Serbia, ScoreWIZ, Songfestival.be, Sogfestivalforum, Songfestivalweblog.nl, The Eurowhat? podcast, XAZ
When is Eurostream 2020?
Eurostream 2020 will consist of two Semi-Finals to be held on Tuesday 5 May and Thursday 7 May, and a Grand Final on Saturday 9 May. This is intendedly one week earlier than the original dates planned for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, because EBU and several individual broadcasters will air Eurovision related shows on the original dates.
What will the live shows look like?
We cannot give away all details yet, but at least the shows will feature snippets of the official videos of the participating countries, which will be discussed live. We cannot show the full videos due to copyright restrictions. In the Semi-Finals this is followed by the announcement of qualifiers, and in the Grand Final there will be a jury voting on a live scoreboard followed by the revelation of televoting points.
How can I watch the shows
We will stream the shows on both Youtube and Facebook. We cannot give the exact link until shortly before the broadcast. So please check our Twitter or Facebook accounts right before the show where we'll communicate the exact URLs
How do the Semi-Finals work?
Six countries are automatically qualified for the grand final as they would also have been in the real Eurovision Song Contest. These are last year's winning country, the Netherlands, and the Big Five: Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy. The other songs will have to qualify through one of the two Semi-Finals. We'll use the results of the official Semi-Final allocation draw, which was held by EBU/NPO in January in Rotterdam, to decide which countries participate and vote in each of the two Semi-Finals.
Who competes in which Semi-Final?
In Semi-Final 1 (Tuesday 5 May) will compete: Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine.
In Semi-Final 2 (Thursday 7 May) will compete: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia and Switzerland.
Who can vote in each event?
On each show day there will be an online televoting, which is open to anyone from any country.
The national juries however will each only vote in one of the Semi-Finals, which is the Semi-Final in which the corresponding country (if applicable) is participating.
In accordance with the official Semi-Final allocation draw the juries from the Netherlands, Italy and Germany will also vote in the first Semi-Final, and the juries from the United Kingdom, Spain and France will also vote in the second Semi-Final.
All juries vote in the final.
How will the qualifiers / winner be decided?
The results will be decided in a similar fashion as in the real Eurovision Song Contest, i.e. 50% jury votes and 50% online televote.
The national jury results will each be converted to the usual format going from 1 point for their number ten, up to 8 points for their number three, 10 points for their second favourite and 12 points for their highest ranked song. Juries can of course not vote for their own entry.
The televoting result will be proportionally transformed so that in total they give out as many points as the juries.
Who are the national juries?
The national juries ideally consist of a number of experts with a connection to the Eurovision Song Contest. Here you can read who they are.
How can I vote?
On the days of the live shows (5, 7 and 9 May) we will provide a link to a voting form where you can pick three to five songs you'd like to vote for. More details will be provided no later than 1 May.
How are the jury points calculated?
All jury members in each country are asked in advance to rank the forty other songs. For each event in which the jury is eligible to vote we will use these rankings, ignoring the ranking of those countries that are not participating in that event. We will then transform each individual jury member's top 10 into the traditional Eurovision style voting (see above). This will yield a combined ranking per jury, which will again be transformed into the traditional Eurovision style voting. So each voting jury in the end gives out 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points.
In case there is a tie between two or more songs in the combined national ranking, the ranking of the jury member of which we've received their ranking earliest will be decisive.
How is the televote result calculated?
Each voter can vote for up to five songs. We'll use the percentages of votes received and multiply these with the number of points given out by the juries, so that the televoting gives out exactly the same number as the juries.
For example: In Semi-Final one, twenty juries will vote, which gives a total of 1160 points. If a song receives 5% of the votes in the televoting, it will be awarded 5% of 1160, which is 58 points.
In what order will the songs be presented?
Unlike in the real Eurovision Song Contest where the order is decided by the producers of the show, we'll hold a draw. Thereby taking into account for the Semi-Finals the halves in which the countries were drawn at the official EBU/NPO Semi-Final allocation draw in January.
The draw for the first Semi-Final will take place on 21 April. Here we'll also draw the positions of Germany and Italy in the Grand Final line-up.
The draw for the second Semi-Final will take place on 28 April. Here we'll also draw the positions of the United Kingdom, Spain and France in the Grand Final line-up.
The Netherlands will have position 23 in the final, corresponding to the position it was allocated by a draw that took place at the official EBU Head of Delegations meeting on 9 March in Rotterdam.
In the Semi-Finals, at the moment we announce each qualifier, we will directly draw its starting position in the final from the remaining positions available.
How are ties solved when they occur after adding the televote points to the jury points?
Just like in the Eurovision Song Contest, the televote result will be decisive. Should this not solve the tie either, we’ll look at the number of times the tied countries in question have received 12 points from the national juries, or if this is the same number, then 10 points and so on.
In the highly unlikely case these numbers are all equal, if the tie occurs in the final, all tied songs will share the same position, which could hypothetically lead to two or more winners. If this happens in a Semi-Final and the positions matter for deciding who qualifies, the song that was drawn the earliest in the running order will qualify.
About Eurostream 2020
Following the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, several major Eurovision websites have joined forces to organise an alternative 100% online edition of the Contest.
Under the joint name Eurostream 2020, three scheduled live shows (with two Semi-Finals culminating in one Grand Final) will be broadcast online for viewers around the world. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 May, starting at 21:00 CET. The same countries that were supposed to participate in the Semi-Finals of Eurovision 2020 will take part in the Semi-Finals of Eurostream 2020, with ten countries from each broadcast advancing to the Grand Final based on the votes of national juries consisting of music professionals (50%) and online public voting (50%). Just like at Eurovision, the qualifiers will be announced in a random order, with detailed results to be released following the Final.
The same voting system will be applied to compile the results for the Grand Final of Eurostream 2020, to be held on Saturday 9 May, at 21:00 CEST. The twenty qualifiers from the Semi-Finals will be joined by the countries of the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and last year's winning country, the Netherlands, who are already pre-qualified for the Grand Final.
There will be no live performances from the artists during the live shows of Eurostream 2020. Instead, snippets of the official preview videos will be shown. Editors from several Eurovision websites will be joining via live stream to comment on the songs and their chances, and you can expect several surprises during the three scheduled live shows.
Prior to the live shows, draws will be held to determine the running order for the two Semi-Finals. These will take place on Tuesday 21 and 28 April, respectively, and will also be broadcast online. The schedule for the online broadcasts of Eurostream 2020, subject to change, can be found underneath:
Tuesday 21 April: Draw Semi-Final 1 (20:00 CET)
Tuesday 28 April: Draw Semi-Final 2 (20:00 CET)
Tuesday 5 May: Semi-Final 1 (21:00 CET)
Thursday 7 May: Semi-Final 2 (21:00 CET)
Saturday 9 May: Grand Final (21:00 CET)
Eurostream 2020 is a joint project between the following partners, listed here alphabetically: 12 Points From America, Aussievision, Ding-a-Dong Podcast, ESCDaily, escgo!, ESC Insight, ESCKAZ, ESC Nation, ESC Plus, ESCplus España, EuroVisionary, Eurovision Union, Eurovision Universe, evrovizija.rs / ESC Serbia, ScoreWIZ, Songfestival.be, Songfestivalforum.nl, Songfestivalweblog.nl, The EuroWhat? Podcast and XAZ.
Eurostream 2020 can be found on Facebook and Twitter, where the latest information about the upcoming event will be shared. For answers on more practical questions regarding the project, broadcasts and voting, we kindly redirect you to the FAQ. If these weren't helpful you reach us through Facebook, Twitter or info at eurostream2020.com.