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16/04/2020 18:08 BST

BBC Clarifies What's In Store For Eurovision Fans On What Would Have Been The Night Of This Year's Final

The annual Song Contest will not be going ahead as planned in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The BBC has clarified its plans for what would have been the night of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest grand final.

Last month, it was revealed that the BBC was putting together a special night of entertainment titled Eurovision: Come Together, following the news that this year’s event would not be going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hosted by the UK’s Eurovision commentator Graham Norton, the show was billed as a “special Eurovision broadcast” intended to “bring the country together”.

Shortly after this, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced details of its own alternative programming, dubbed Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light.

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The UK's Eurovision commentator Graham Norton

This led to a some confusion among fans of the annual music competition, particularly after the EBU claimed on Thursday afternoon that Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light was being shown on the BBC.

However, a BBC spokesperson has now set the record straight, telling HuffPost UK that their own programme will still be shown on BBC One as intended, while the EBU’s special broadcast will be available to watch on the iPlayer.

They said: “BBC One will be showing Eurovision: Come Together hosted by Graham Norton on 16 May, on what would have been the Eurovision final.

“The show will feature classic Eurovision performances, a look at what would have been in 2020 and entertaining interviews, including this year’s UK entry James Newman.

“We are also pleased to confirm that Eurovision fans will also be able to watch Eurovision: Shine A Light on BBC iPlayer.”

The EBU’s show – which will also be available to stream live on YouTube – will feature all 41 of the acts who had been supposed to compete in Eurovision 2020 giving special renditions of their songs from their home countries.

They will also come together for a “unifying performance” of Katrina And The Waves’ Love Shine A Light, the last song to win the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK.