AVROTROS has just hosted a press conference to inform about the possible scenarios they’ve worked on to ensure the contest will take place in May 2021. A total of 4 different scenarios have been described in detail. Moreover, the Dutch broadcaster has confirmed the logo, slogan and hosts will remain the same.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be held in The Netherlands after the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A few months ago, Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s new Executive Supervisor, said: “It’s vitally important that the Eurovision Song Contest returns next year, and we’re pleased to have the necessary commitment from our Members in The Netherlands to bring this much-loved show back to audiences across the world.”
In the past few months, the EBU along with the Dutch broadcaster have been working on 4 possible scenarios to ensure the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in May 2021:
- Scenario A: A normal Eurovision Song Contest
In this situation, the Eurovision Song Contest will be organized as normal from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena with 9 shows (including the dress rehearsals) in a packed venue, with delegations and artists from all the participating broadcasters and numerous activities in and around Rotterdam.
The feasibility of this scenario largely depends on the roll-out of a possible vaccine for COVID-19 or the availability of reliable testing.
- Scenario B: Socially distant Eurovision Song Contest – at 1.5 meters
Everyone present at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam would need to practice social distancing and remain 1.5 meters from each other at all times.
Again, there would be 9 shows, with an audience in the arena, but with limited capacity to allow for social distancing.
Teams from each participating broadcaster would travel to Rotterdam, but with limits on the number of people in each delegation and on the number of press who could attend. Activities in and around Rotterdam would be adapted accordingly.
Because there would be less space for the audience in this scenario, a new seating layout would have to be made. If that happens, a fair draw will be held to decide who can still attend each show. There will be more information about this in the first months of 2021. Anyone who is unsuccessful in the draw will, of course, be refunded the full purchase amount for their tickets.
- Scenario C: A Eurovision Song Contest with travel restrictions
A Eurovision Song Contest, probably also socially distanced, from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena as in scenario B, with 9 shows and a limited number of audience members in the arena.
If there are any delegations who cannot travel to Rotterdam, their artists will perform from their own country.
All performances in the shows will be brought together in Rotterdam. The entries of the countries that are allowed to travel and the opening and interval acts will still be performed live.
- Scenario D: Eurovision Song Contest in lockdown
Should the Netherlands end up in a lockdown-like situation again, there will be a Eurovision Song Contest without an audience and probably without activities in and around Rotterdam.
The performances of the participants will all come from their own country and be brought together from Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena, much like we will see at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November.
logo, stage, slogan and hosts will remain the same
The stage design created by Florian Wieder for this year’s shows will remain the same in 2021 as announced previously:
The stage will be carried over to next year because that was already prepared. Apart from that, a lot depends on what is possible at that time, on the availability of all those involved and on what fits the spirit of 2021 said Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event.
The show will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials), who also presented the special show last May Eurovision: Shine A Light.
A few months ago, the European Broadcasting Union also revealed a few rule changes to ensure the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in May next year. These changes are also meant to continue for many years, as stated by its members.
The biggest change is related to the live backing vocals, which will be banned in 2021 as a trial.
According to the EBU, the idea behind the change is to offer participating broadcasters the possibility to explore new creative ideas, to travel with a smaller delegation for 2021 and reduce the technical burdens on the Host Broadcaster.
It also allows songwriters and producers to present their work as close as possible to their original composition and, importantly, ensures the Contest moves with the times., they added.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 8, 20 and 21 at Rotterdam’s Ahoy.
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