After Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv in 2019, the Netherlands was ready to organize the Eurovision Song Contest after 40 long years. But, as you know, that didn’t exactly go as planned. Due to the impact of the coronavirus, the 2020 Contest was cancelled.
Thankfully, the Eurovision Song Contest will definitely return in 2021 and on 22 May a new winner will be crowned! This also means that our very own Destiny is singing for Malta next May, No Matter What!
In order to be able to make that promise, the EBU and Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have been working on 4 basic scenarios for hosting the competition.
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.
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.
In May 2020, Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was socially-distant produced
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 what we will see at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November.
A definitive choice between scenarios will be made based on the situation in the early months of 2021.
The theme for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will remain the same – Open Up.
The slogan ‘Open Up’ was originally intentionally incomplete when it was chosen for Eurovision 2020. “Feel the freedom to complete the slogan in your own way. We found it important to choose a theme that reflects the spirit of our times. With the slogan we warmly invite people to open up to others, to different opinions, each other’s stories and of course to each other’s music,” said Sietse back in 2019.
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