Today the EBU gave a press conference together with the reference group as well as the host broadcasters to give an outlook to the upcoming 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
As we all know that there are the four possible scenarios:
A – a contest like we are used to it with full arena, all participants in the arena
B – a “social distanced” contest with fewer audience and restricitions
C – travel restrictions apply, artists who can’t travel to Rotterdam will perform in a studio in their own country
D – still lockdown, no singers and delegations in Rotterdam, all singers will perform in their home countries, Rotterdam will still be the place of broadcast, but a lot of virtual alternatives.
It seems that the organizers are still optimistic that the scenario B can be realised if the pandemic attenuates. “This also means that we cannot expect a normal Eurovision Song Contest – so no scenario A”, said Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisior of the Eurovision Song Contest. And the organizers will still keep their options B, C and D open according to the current situation.
“Security, health and safety for all participants is the main priority” Martin 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.”
So nothing is decided yet, the only thing we know that there will be three scenarios left: B, C and D. Let’s cross our fingers that everything will be good at the end.
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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!