The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have announced its cancellation due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It had been due to be held later this year in Rotterdam.
In a statement, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said: "We have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.
"However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe - and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities - means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned.
"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."
"We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May."
Executive spervisor of the contest, Jon Ola Sand, added: "We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe.
"And we are deeply disappointed about this situation."
He said the EBU and its partners will continue to talk to see if it is possible to stage the contest in Rotterdam in 2021.
The organisation did not give specific details of rescheduling, but added: "We ask some patience as we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await further news in the coming days and weeks."
"We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May but feel confident that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time."
Ireland was set to be represented by Lesley Roy and her song 'Story of My Life'.
For the first time in Irish Eurovision history, theatre and events production company 'Thisispopbaby' had been chosen to work on staging and the creative direction of the entry.
Dubliner Lesley co-wrote and produced the song, which was to be performed at the first semi-final on May 12th.