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Eurovision 2020: NPO unveils the hosts!

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,079 views

NPO, the Dutch national broadcaster, has unveiled one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the upcoming Eurovision edition in Rotterdam! Ladies and gentlemen habemus hosts!

The 2020 Eurovision hosts ( Photo credit: NPO/NOS/AVROTROS)

The Dutch have opted for 3 hosts!  Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit and Chantal Janzen  will have the grand honour of hosting the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

  • Edsilia Rombley is one of the most sought after Dutch singers and has represented the Netherlands twice at the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Jan Smit is a famous Dutch singer and presenter, he is also one of the Dutch Eurovision commentators.
  • Chantal Janzen is one of the Netherlands’ most accomplished actresses and presenters.

Sietse Bakker (Eurovision Song Contest Executive Producer Event) says:

When deciding on hosts, we first and foremost chose 3 people with a great deal of stage experience. They also happen to have started their career as singers.

Chantal Jansen

Chantal Janzen

Chantal Janzen is one of the most famous faces in the Netherlands today, she is a well known actress, tv host and musical star. She has gained much fame, name and recognition in her homeland thanks to her extensive career and great talent.

Chantal has acted in numerous Dutch movies, tv series and musicals. She worked for Dutch public broadcaster AVRO until 2011 when she joined private Dutch broadcaster RTL Nederland. The celebrated actress has received many awards for her various tv shows, movies and musicals.

The multi facetted Dutch presenter currently co-hosts the Voice of Holland, Dancing with the Stars,  All Together and Chantal ‘s Pyjama on private Dutch channel RTL 4.

Regarding Chantal Janzen, Bakker adds:

Chantal Janzen is simply one of the Netherlands’ most talented presenters in TV entertainment. While the Eurovision Song Contest is a distinctly public broadcaster format, we chose to open up to talent from outside the public broadcaster and focus on showing Europe the best our country has to offer.

Jan Smit

Jan Smit

Jan Smit is a famous Dutch singer, tv host, actor and soccer director. He works at TROS and is one of the hot favourites according to local media to host Eurovision 2020 along with Dionne Stax and Herman Van der Zandt.

Jan is no new name to the Eurovision Song Contest as he has been commetating the competition with Cornald Maas in recent years.

The multi talented artist joined The Toppers (The Netherlands 2009) in 2017. He has hosted various tv shows and programs on Dutch national broadcaster TROS.

Regarding Jan Smit, Bakker comments:

With Jan Smit, we choose an internationally experienced artist and presenter who has shown to be a great ambassador for the Eurovision Song Contest over the past 9 years, commenting the shows next to Cornald Maas.

Jan has also been a solid member of the selection committee, which is responsible for picking the Dutch entry. Jan is a great guy, authentic and keeps his head cool during live shows — exactly the qualities we need to achieve a personal interaction with the artists at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Edsilia Rombley

Edsilia Rombley, is a familiar face to the Eurovision Song Contest as she has represented her homeland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest (1998, 2007). She has been the Dutch Eurovision spokesperson twice too.

Edsilia hails from Amsterdam where she was born in 1978.  She shot to fame in 1996 when she won a Dutch talent show Soundmixshow. The following year she went on to win the European Soundmixshow.

Edsilia presented the first season of Beste Zangers on Avrotros. She has completed 7 theatre tours and is part of the Ladies of Soul ensemble since 2014.

Regarding Edisilia Rombley, Bakker says:

She is a two-time Eurovision Song Contest participant, she has presented the points twice, she will be hosting Eurovision in Concert for the second time… Edsilia is one of the most authentic presenters we have. And the Eurovision fan community has embraced her. All together, her hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 needs no further explanation

The clock is ticking….

Rotterdam is very pleased to host Europe’s favorite television show for the very first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Netherlands is all set to welcome the Eurovision bandwagon for the fifth time, having hosted the event twice before in The Hague ( 1976, 1980) and once in Amsterdam ( 1970) and Hilversum (1958).

The clock is ticking as the countdown to the upcoming Eurovision edition has kicked off with circa 40 nations Opening Up to Rotterdam!

NPO and the Netherlands are gearing up in full steam to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Both the City of  Rotterdam and the Dutch national broadcaster are working round the clock in order to showcase an extraordinary dazzling show next May.

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 12, 14 and 16 May at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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