All Eurovision 2021 artists will record songs “live-on-tape”

| November 18, 2020

Breaking news for Eurovision 2021: In order to prevent us Eurovision fans from another song contest cancellation, the EBU has just revealed details about possible scenarios for all the artists, and how they can perform at Eurovision 2021.

As already known, Eurovision 2021 is definetley going to happen, no matter how the COVID-19 situation going to develop. Especially in current times, with multiple second lockdowns and rising infection rates across Europe, this promise is very important. However, despite this, it looks unlikely that we will have a “normal” Eurovision as we had in Tel Aviv in 2019.

The EBU have previously announced that they have prepared four different scenarios on how Eurovision 2021 is going to happen. With option A (a normal Eurovision) looking unlikely, the other options gain more relevance. Option B includes a performance from every artist in Rotterdam as planned, with less audience and a increased health and safety measures. In Option C, delegations of different countries have the opportunity to perform in Rotterdam, or stay in their own country and still participate. Instead of a live performance in The Netherlands, the song is going to be pre-recorded in their television studios. Option D, the most severe, would lead to a fully digital Eurovision with every artist being obligated to pre-record their performance in their country, similar to Junior Eurovision 2020.

Today, the EBU made a statement that makes Option C or D more likely: just in case of different and sudden events happening around Eurovision time, all representatives will be required to pre-record their song in studios in their own countries, even if they intend to appear in Rotterdam. If the pandemic takes a negative development and journeys to the Netherlands aren’t possible, the pre-recorded performance will be used as a backup. In order to keep it as fair as possible, all countries are supposed to record the performance without any editing in between, and they must all use similar studio settings, the same as Rotterdam would have offered them. Other rules like only allowing 6 people on stage or the 3 minute duration limit for songs are still applied on these performances. The “live-on-tape” recordings have to be delivered by the end of March. This might put pressure on certain countries who normally chose their representatives only two or three weeks before that, keeping the time to work on their final performance to a minimum. In general, the has EBU promised that this will be last case scenario and a live performance in Rotterdam is still the goal.

What do you think about these plans? Do you think live-on-tape recordings will be used at Eurovision 2021? Let us know down in the comments.

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