Martin Österdahl discusses four possible scenarios for Eurovision 2021

| December 19, 2020

Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest Martin Österdahl has discussed four possible scenarios regarding how the 2021 contest in Rotterdam will take place, all depending on where we are at with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All four scenarios depend on epidemiological data. 

What are the most likely scenarios?

Österdahl has revealed that the most likely scenarios are B and C. That would be a contest with social distancing measures in place, face coverings mandatory, rapid turnaround tests, less fans in the arena and journalists in the press centre. Österdahl did also admit that scenario D cannot be fully ruled out, but said it is considerably less likely to come to that. 

We can not predict with the crystal ball, the situation with the pandemic is difficult. What we can say at the moment is that scenario A, ie a regular Eurovision Song Contest, is not possible. However, Scenario B or C is more likely, ie a contest with more or less social distance and some artists may need to make use of the videotape. In the worst case, we will be forced to do the show as in Junior Eurovision, with all delegations competing with videotaped appearances.

Martin Österdahl

Is it certain that there will be an audience?

Martin Österdahl has emphasised that the presence of fans should not be taken for granted. He went on to explain that the presence of an audience is entirely dependent on the Dutch government and the restrictions in place at the time.

The situation is dynamic and constantly changing. We are not entirely sure how things will be in May, but it seems that the space that will be available in the arena will be limited. Fans are very important for Eurovision, but let’s not forget that the contest is primarily a TV show. It is possible to make a show even without an audience and we will do it if necessary, but we would definitely like to have the audience inside.

Martin Österdahl

Österdahl went on to say that the final decisions will be made at the beginning of 2021, and we will most likely see them made public around February. The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is due to be held at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam in the Netherlands next May, and it still remains uncertain if vaccines will be mandatory for spectators. 

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