PRESS RELEASE published on 12 Feb 2020

Eurovision 'anthem' contest for 70th anniversary

This year is the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) 70th anniversary and to mark the occasion, we’re searching for inspired interpretations of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum - a captivating piece of music composed in the 17th century which is also the Eurovision anthem.

Play it on spoons, do it as rap, folk, opera, grime or drum ‘n’ bass. Go solo, improvise a choir, go vocal, local or global - it’s your call. Above all, be creative, be different, be daring. We’re looking for entries that reflect the EBU’s public service values of universality, diversity, excellence and innovation – so the scope is endless. 

For inspiration, listen to Charpentier’s original version, and a version of the anthem re-worked by a yodeller, accompanied by Swiss alphorn and accordion

The prize for the winning entry:

•    Two tickets to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
•    Hotel accommodation on the night of the Grand Final (16 May 2020)
•    Reimbursement up to CHF 800 for travel expenses (including two flights within Europe)

Noel Curran, Director General, EBU, “Public service media delivers value for millions of people with dynamic, informative and entertaining content. But, for our 70th anniversary, we’re handing the creative baton to our audiences – some of the most innovative and diverse in the world.

“This is a landmark year for the EBU – in 70 years we’ve seen huge advances in technology, platforms, programming and services and will continue to do so – but creativity was, is and will always be central to what we deliver. We can’t wait to see how the public interpret this special musical challenge.” 

What you need to do and when:

Entries must be posted on Instagram in the form of a video (60 seconds or less), between 12 February and 1 April 2020, using hashtag #EBU70contest and tagging @ebu_hq

The winning entry will be selected towards the end of April.

The contest is open to over-18s only – check the rules


Contact detail

Jo Waters
Senior Communications Officer

+41 22 717 2501