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Eurovision: More details on how the contest may run in 2021



Overnight Eurovision organisers announced that scenario A has been ruled out as an option for 2021.


Scenario A was to have the full Eurovision experience, with a full crowd and all artists present and a range of events throughout Rotterdam.


Executive Supervisor of Eurovision, Martin Österdahl, said: “The Eurovision Song Contest will definitely make its welcome return this May despite the pandemic but, in the prevailing circumstances, it is regrettably impossible to hold the event in the way we are used to.”


Adding, "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.”


This leaves three scenarios: B, C or D which involved either social distancing or a lockdown / virtual competition.




The full details of each scenarios are as followed (information provided by eurovision.tv)


Scenario B: Socially distanced Eurovision Song Contest


  • Everyone attending the Eurovision Song 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 recorded performance being used.

  • Those who can travel to Rotterdam will perform their songs live on stage.

  • There would 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 would be dependent on local government guidelines.

  • There will be activities in the city of Rotterdam held in a safe and responsible way.


Scenario C: A travel restricted Eurovision Song Contest


  • A Eurovision Song Contest, from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena but no delegations or artists will travel to Rotterdam.

  • Hosts and interval acts will still be live from the Ahoy.

  • The performances of ALL the participants will be “live-on-tape”.

  • Strict health and safety measures (including frequent COVID testing) would be in place at the venue.

  • A protocol to protect crew on and off site would be adhered to.

  • There would 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 would be dependent on local government guidelines.

  • There will be reduced activities in the city of Rotterdam held in a safe and responsible way.


Scenario D: a lockdown Eurovision Song Contest


  • A Eurovision Song Contest without an audience and virtual activities will be considered to explore the host city of Rotterdam.

  • The performances of all the participants will be “live-on-tape”.

  • There would be 9 shows (6 dress rehearsals, 2 Semi-Finals and a Grand Final), but no audience.

Tickets


Now that a full crowd is not an option, organizers also revealed that ALL tickets will not be refunded.


Those who purchases tickets will then have a chance to re-purchase tickets for the same show/s at a later date once the scenario is sorted.


For more information on tickets, see the official Eurovision site's FAQs

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