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Dutch city of Rotterdam to host 2020 Eurovision Song Contest

Dutch city of Rotterdam to host 2020 Eurovision Song Contest

The Dutch port city of Rotterdam has been selected to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The European Broadcasting Union announced Friday that Rotterdam edged the southern city of Maastricht in the race to host the annual music competition.

The Netherlands won the right to host the 65th edition of the festival when Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won this year's event in Tel Aviv with his doleful piano ballad Arcade.

Duncan Laurence, seen performing his song Arcade during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final, is the first Dutch winner of the annual competition since 1975. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)

Laurence was the first Dutch act to win the European musical extravaganza since Teach-In's 1975 triumph with Ding-a-dong.

Rotterdam's Ahoy arena will host the semifinals of next year's event on May 12 and 14 and the grand final on May 16.