One of the first decisions on how Eurovision 2021 in May will be organized have been revealed to the public. Scenerio A has definetley been ruled out due to the restrictions for the pandemic. We are left with 3 potential scenarios in how Eurovision 2021 will be organized.
In late 2020, we did get to know about the four potential scenarios that were presented, in which way the 2021 contest could take place.
What are the plans?
The contest will still take in place on 18, 20 and 22 May. The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 have agreed and determined a realistic plan of preparations due to the circumstances. The final decision is going to be made at a later date.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have together with Dutch Host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, and the City of Rotterdam, have announced that they are trying to make the contest as “normal” as they can this year.
“We’re grateful for the renewed commitment and backing from the City of Rotterdam and the ongoing support of all the participating broadcasters. We very much hope to be able to gather in Rotterdam in May and will do all we can in the coming weeks to achieve this. With an ever-changing situation we are taking our time to ensure that we can host the Eurovision Song Contest in the best and safest way possible,” said Martin Österdahl.
Can we make scenario B happen?
The organizers want to make their best efforts to make scenario B a reality. This means that it would involve hosting a socially distanced event with artists performing in Rotterdam.
“The security, health and safety of all participants at the Eurovision Song Contest, from the crew to the artists, is our top priority. We are following international developments closely and continuing to explore and plan for 3 revised scenarios (B, C and D) first announced last autumn,” Österdahl added.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event for Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS said: “By staying flexible for as long as we can, we are aiming to make the best possible Eurovision Song Contest under the circumstances. Our primary goal is to get the 41 artists to Rotterdam, to all perform on the same stage, and to welcome journalists to cover the Contest.”
Eurovision 2021: Three possible ways to host the contest
Scenario B: Socially distanced Eurovision Song Contest
Everyone attending the contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena would need to practice social distancing.
Strict health and safety measures (including frequent COVID testing) would be in place at the venue. A protocol to protect artists, delegations, and crew on and off site would be adhered to.
If there are any delegations who cannot travel to Rotterdam, their artists will perform “live-on-tape” with a pre-recorded performance from their home country being used.
Those who can travel to Rotterdam will perform their songs live on stage as usual.
There will be 9 shows in total (6 dress rehearsals, 2 semi-finals and a grand final), either with no audience or a reduced audience to allow for social distancing. The final capacity will be dependent on local government guidelines.
There will be some activities in the city of Rotterdam, held in a safe and responsible way, and with social distancing.
Scenario C: A travel restricted Eurovision Song Contest
The contest will be broadcast live from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, but no delegations or artists will travel to Rotterdam.
The hosts and interval acts will host/perform live from the Ahoy Arena.
The performances of All the participants will be pre-recorded “live-on-tape” performances from their home countries.
Strict health and safety measures (including frequent COVID testing) would be in place at the venue for all the hosts, interval acts and crew.
A protocol to protect crew both on and off site would be adhered to.
There will be 9 shows (6 dress rehearsals, 2 semi-finals and a grand final), either with no audience or a reduced audience to allow for social distancing. The final capacity will be dependent on local government guidelines.
There will be reduced activities in the city of Rotterdam held in a safe and responsible way, and with social distancing.
Scenario D: a lockdown Eurovision Song Contest
A contest without an audience and virtual activities will be considered, as a way to explore the host city of Rotterdam.
The performances of all the participants will be pre-recorded “live-on-tape” performances from their home countries.
There will be 9 shows (6 dress rehearsals, 2 semi-finals and a grand final), but no audience.
What do we think about the new plans?
What do you think of the updated scenarios for Eurovision 2021? Which scenario do you think is most likely? Let us know in the comments below.