The main topic right now is the Coronavirus. More and more countries close their borders, curfews are being disposed and quarantines are mandatory all over the world. The pandemic disease has reached a level which stops the normal life for almost all citizens, like never before.
The virus has spread out in almost every country from Peru to Iceland and from USA to Australia. Unfortunately, Europe is massively affected and it is advised to deny social contacts in person.
A lot of events have been cancelled: sport events, concerts, theatres, etc. even the Danish national final was held without audience. In seven weeks the ESC in Rotterdam should have started with the rehearsals, 41 delegations should have been expected and more than 1500 journalists have been planning their trips to Rotterdam.
Now it seems that a regular ESC is not possible. In the last official statement they are waiting and see how the development is continuing. Under these circumstances a Eurovision Song Contest seems to be unrealistic, how should the performers all travel to Rotterdam, when the borders are closed? Is this arguable to arrange such a big event while the European citizens are in danger and fear?
There are alternatives like, postponing the entire event to 2021, ESC without audience, a live wiring where the singers perform in their own countries, a video contest, etc. But in consideration of the current situation and the increasing restrictions it’s more than unlikely. Even if there will be high costs, but the most important thing in the moment is the health of everybody.
Public relations, Editor, Journalist
About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!