The Eurovision Song Contest is usually a staple of Spring - but even the cheesiest singing competition can't escape the social disruption brought on by the pandemic - as it has now been cancelled altogether. 

This will be the first time that the show hasn't aired in 64 years, but all the restrictions in Europe mean that logistically the show just can't go ahead.

We've rounded up all the information on the Eurovision Song Contest cancellation, and how you can tune in next year - or later on in the year if it is moved to another date. 

Eurovision cancellation

With countries closing their borders and many in total lockdown, it's pretty impossible to host a live event with all the acts, so this news is unsurprising. The official statement doesn't mention anything about the possibility of Eurovision happening at a later date - though the committee are evaluating the situation in the coming weeks. 

You can read the full statement below: 

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK

If the show is postponed to later on this year - or if you're waiting for 2021 - then you'll be able to tune in on BBC One on the evening it airs - we'll keep an eye out and update this article if any news on when that is comes to light. 

You'll also be able to watch the show live on the BBC One website, or on iPlayer shortly after broadcast online or on the BBC iPlayer app on your tablet or smartphone.

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from the US

If you're in the US things are a little trickier. In 2018 cable channel Logo broadcast the show, but it's decided not to renew the rights for 2019, once again leaving the show without an American home.

With that in mind, the best option to watch Eurovision in the US is to install a VPN, which you can use to watch the whole thing online on the BBC website. Our usual VPN recommendation is NordVPN, which has a good balance of price, reliability, and features, but check out our full guide to the best VPN for streaming if you want to consider other options.

How to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest

If the show uses the same system as last year, the easiest way to vote for your favourite act in the Eurovision Song Contest is by downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet. It's available from Google Play, the iOS App Store and the Windows Store, and it's free to download.

Once you've got the app, you'll be able to find out more about the participants from the countries taking part, and you'll also be able to find out the latest Eurovision news.

But more importantly, you can cast your vote using the app simply by clicking on the vote button and choosing your favourite. You can vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from.

It's worth noting that you can only vote if you're in one of the 41 participating countries - so US fans can only observe, we're afraid.

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 contestants

It remains to be seen whether or not all the participants will stay the same for whenever Eurovision airs - but if they do, here's what we know so far. 

There are 41 countries participating in Eurovision 2020, but only 26 will make it through to the Grand Final. As The Netherlands are hosting, they automatically get a slot. The Big 5 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) also all automatically qualify, as is tradition. The remaining twenty will be selected from the semi-finals - with the top ten from each show winning a slot. 

Several countries have declared their acts, but lots are still in the decision-making process.

We do have a look at the entry for the UK, who have collaborated with music company BMG to internally select the representative - ditching the UK heats as voted for by the public that happened last year. 

The song selected for the UK is My Last Breath by James Newman, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Calvin Harris and Rudimental. It's definitely a step up from last year, and overall quite a nice song. But is it memorable enough to win Eurovision?