The EBU has announced that all participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will record “live-on-tape” performances of their entries in case they are not able to travel to Rotterdam or have to quarantine on site.
All 41 participating broadcasters have been asked to record a live performance of their act in their own country. This performance will be recorded in a television studio prior to Eurovision. The recording will take place in real time (as it would be at the Contest) without making any edits to the vocals or any part of the performance itself after the recording.
The motto of the contest, Open Up, will also be applied in this situation. Rather than having a strict format, the recordings will fully embrace the artistic freedom, creativity, ambition and style of each of the 41 countries.
A set of production guidelines will ensure fairness and the integrity of the contest. There will be no audience present at the live-on-tape performances. The recording should be unique and should not be published before the contest in May.
Delegations are allowed to use similar technical possibilities and dimensions that would be available in Rotterdam, but are also free to opt for a scaled down production setup. The live-on-tape recordings should not contain any augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, use of chromakey or green screen.
A number of other measures have been agreed upon to ensure all of the broadcasters compete in a fair manner.
Before the recording each participating broadcaster will meet with a coordinator from the host broadcasters (AVROTROS, NPO and NOS) and submit a recording session schedule, studio set up and camera plan. The Head of Delegation must be onsite during the 60-minute recording session of the permitted three takes and, either alone or together with someone who has the appropriate mandate, make the final decision on which take is selected.
A live connection will be set up during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor, a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and the host broadcaster to observe the recording session, to provide assistance and support, but also to ensure the integrity of the Contest.
No national final performances can be submitted but each country can record on the same set. The “live-on-tape” recordings have to be delivered to the EBU by the end of March.
This news elaborates on two of the scenarios for Eurovision 2021 proposed by the EBU. Scenario C would see a reduced audience and press centre in Rotterdam, with a mixture of artists able to travel to Rotterdam and those that cannot. Scenario D would see no audience or press in Rotterdam and all 41 artists perform from their home countries.
A total of 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision 2020 was due to be held in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence gave the Netherlands their first victory since 1975 with the song “Arcade”. After the cancelation of the 2020 contest, it was decided that Rotterdam would host the 2021 contest instead.
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