If Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light! sounds too unbearably naff to watch on Saturday night, there is a (more difficult to watch) alternative!
Stefan Raab is putting on the Free European Song Contest on Pro 7 hosted by Stephen Gatjen and Conchita Wurst, where fifteen countries will battle it out in a live song contest using Eurovision rules but with a socially distant twist. The UK is being represented by Call Me Home hitmaker Kelvin Jones and Mel C will be the person awarding the UK’s scores. Ireland are being represented by Sion Hill, a few countries’ acts haven’t been announced yet (it sounds very much like “who’s local who we can get?”). Raab has form here, having produced the Bundesvision Song Contest for many years.
I have no idea how it will all work out – there’s going to be live voting but it’s not being shown outside of Pro7 on Germany, Austria and Switzerland as far as I can tell, but if you want an alternative to several hour interval act the EBU are putting out on Saturday, you can use the Dark Arts and tune into Pro7 from 7:15pm UK.