Eurovision 2020 cancelled due to ‘uncertainty’ over coronavirus

It was due to take place in Rotterdam

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by Anna Sky Hulton |

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled with an official statement shared by the European Broadcasting Union.

In the statement shared on their website and social feeds they revealed that due to the 'uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe - and the restrictions put in place by the governments', they would be cancelling this year's event.

The written statement was also accompanied by a video statement by Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, who said, "I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process of staging a great Eurovision Song Contest this year. Unfortunately, that was not possible due to factors beyond our control.

"We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever."

Scroll through to see which film releases have been pushed back:

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No Time To Die
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No Time To Die was supposed to be released on 10th April 2020, and was the first major film release to be pushed back due to the Coronavirus. Releasing a statement on Twitter, film bosses explained, 'MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020.'However in October, it was later revealed the film would be put back until April 2021. In January 2021, the film was confirmed to have a release date of October 2021, and was later released in cinemas in the UK on 30th September 2021.

A Quiet Place: Part II
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Director John Krasinski confirmed on 12th March 2020 that the sequel to his critically acclaimed film would not be released on 19th March 2020 as planned. He wrote on his social media pages, 'To all our A Quiet Place fans, one of the things I'm most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what's going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. 'As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie... I'm gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here's to our group movie date! See you soon! #AQuiet Place Part 2...Take 2. JK.'The sequel now has a release date of 28th May 2021, and will be released on streaming service Paramount+ 45 days later. John Krasinski went on a tour of US cinemas to promote the film, surprising guests and taking selfies while thanking them for seeing it.

F9
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The ninth film in the Fast & Furious franchise was pushed back from its original release date of May 2020 to 2nd April 2021, and then 28th May 2021. The official release date is now 25th June 2021.At the time, a statement from film bosses read, 'To our family of Fast fans everywhere, we feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That's why it's especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It's become clear that it won't be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.'

Black Widow
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The Scarlett Johansson-led Marvel film was due to be released in May 2020, but Disney made the decision to put it back to 7th May 2021. It will now be released on 9th July 2021 in cinemas and on Disney+ with a premium fee.

Antlers film
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Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the horror film starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons was set to be released on 17th April, and a new release date has been confirmed for 29th October 2021.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife
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Sony announced on 30th March that they had decided to push back the release of their Ghostbusters sequel starring Paul Rudd and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard from 10th July 2020 to 5th March 2021, and has now been moved to 11th November 2021. The film will also feature original cast members Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd.

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Jared Leto is starring in Morbius, a film about a biochemist who becomes a vampire. It's a spin-off to Tom Hardy's Venom film and also has connections with Tom Holland's Spider-Man franchise. It was set to be released on 31st July 2020, was pushed back to 19th March 2021 and now has a release date of 28th January 2022.

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Speaking of Venom... The sequel to the 2018 hit would have been released on 2nd October 2020, but will now see the light of day on 24th September 2021.

The Batman - Pattinson
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Robert Pattinson's iteration of Batman will be released on 4th March 2022, having originally been scheduled for 25th June 2021.

The King's Man
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A prequel to Kingsman and its sequel, The King's Man was originally scheduled for release on 18th September 2020 but will now see a cinematic release on 22nd December 2021.

West Side Story
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Steven Spielberg's remake of the classic musical was originally slated for 18th December 2020, but will now be released in cinemas on 24th September 2021.

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On an FAQs page, Eurovision explained the reasons for cancelling and not postponing the event saying, 'The current situation across Europe is likely to remain uncertain for the coming months and at this stage we cannot guarantee we would be able to stage an event of this size with this many stakeholders later this year.

'A Contest later in the year would also reduce the amount of time the winning broadcaster would have to prepare for the following year’s competition.'

The final of Eurovision 2020 was due to take place in Rotterdam and would have been the 65th edition of the annual song contest.

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