Applications from Dutch cities flood in to host the Eurovision

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Dutch cities began jostling for the right to stage next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Applications from towns and cities across the Netherlands begun  flooding in in the 24 hours after Duncan Laurence’s win.

The Hague, Maastricht and Zwolle are among the towns that have said they are keen to host the first Eurovision on Dutch soil for 40 years, in the wake of Laurence ’s triumph in Tel Aviv last Saturday.

ESC 2019 winner Duncan Laurence returns home
Dutch singer Duncan Laurence (R) is welcomed by fans as he arrived last Sunday at Schiphol airport, in Schiphol, The Netherlands. Laurence won the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18 May, with the song ‘Arcade’. Photo: EPA-EFE/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

Prime Minister Mark Rutte immediately ruled out giving the state broadcaster NOS a financial windfall for the Eurovision. The bill is estimated at around €30 million, but Rutte reminded the Dutch media that Sweden organised the event on for €15 million in 2016.




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