The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled amid the global COVID-19 outbreak.

It is the first time Eurovision has been cancelled in its 64-year history. The popular event was due to take place at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, with the final on 16 May.

In a statement released last night, organisers of the contest said: “We, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May.

“The health of artists, staff, fans and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe and the world, is at the heart of this decision.”

The event’s executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, added: “We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe.

“We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”

Talks are underway about next year’s contest in Rotterdam. However, it is not clear whether this year’s contestants, including Australian singer Montaigne, will be invited back next year.

You can read the official statement below.