Responding to why Eurovision can not be held remotely this year, organisers said, "It's in the DNA of the Eurovision Song Contest to bring delegations, artists and fans together in one place and provide an equal platform for all artists to compete together on the same stage and the same opportunity to shine. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation", EBU Song Contest chief Jon Ola Sand said in a statement. He is very sad that the event has been cancelled and feels for everyone who has worked hard for Eurovision 2020 (the competing acts, professional teams and delegations).
It has been a long lasting dream for Blas to defend the Spanish colours at the Eurovision Song Contest.
"We, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May", organizers said in a statement.
The event was due to take place at Rotterdam's 16,000 capacity Ahoy Arena, with the final on 16 May. The UK was to be represented by GRAMMY nominated and BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter James Newman with his track My Last Breath.
The Glastonbury Music Festival was also forced to cancel as a result of coronavirus. The 2019 finale of the contest was not only watched live by over 180 million people, but thousands of fans from around the world also traveled to the host city, Tel Aviv. It was also noted a delayed competition would leave the victor country less time to prepare for the 2021 contest.
Musicians including Sir Elton John, Billie Eilish and Celine Dion have all postponed tour dates.