• Eurovision has been cancelled. (Getty Images, Twitter)Source: Getty Images, Twitter
"Gimme a sec," Montaigne tweeted.
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

19 Mar 2020 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2020 - 12:45 PM

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam has been cancelled.

Despite exploring "many alternative options" for the live music event to go ahead, a statement shared on the official Eurovision website confirmed that organisers were left with no choice but to prioritise "the health of artists, staff, fans and visitors" by calling the event off.

"We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May," the statement reads.

"I'm hiding from the news," tweeted Australia's Eurovision representative, singer songwriter Montaigne.

She added: "Gimme a sec."

"Eurovision canceled for 2020," tweeted one of Australia's hosts, Joel Creasey.

"We are utterly devastated but understand. Myfanwy (co-host Myf Warhurst) and I absolutely love bringing you the coverage each year.

"We’ll try find a way to bring you some Euro-love regardless."

Meanwhile, fans of the Eurovision Song Contest shared their disappointment on social media.

"Eurovision has been held annually since 1956," one viewer tweeted. "This year will be the first exception... I hope this fact will be taught to kids in school."

Another die-hard fan wrote: "Re today's Eurovision cancellation... It's ok to feel sad, to be overwhelmed, to get a knot in your stomach, to cry, to grieve."

They added: "Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. It might be a 'silly' song contest to many. So what? It's *our* silly contest."

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