In an interview to Nu.nl, Sietse Bakker, the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 told that “he understands that a full Ahoy Arena is [a prospect which] seems far away”.
Regardless of that he does not want to cancel anything at this stage, as it is unclear which scenario will go ahead in May. You can read more about the scenarios that could ensure the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place here.
Bakker added that there are still decisions which have to be made in February, but even then they will try to keep all options open. He remarked that the contest will take place no matter what.
The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended in The Netherlands but Sietse Bakker is hopeful that they would have more possibilities during the course of spring.
We have learned in the meantime that you simply do not know what lies ahead.
Bakker added, it would be possible that the health care sector would urge to allow entry into the Ahoy Arena upon being tested by a COVID-19 rapid testing device.
The executive producer does not want to assume that the production will have to go ahead according to the “worst case scenario”. Scenario D comes with strict rules: each performer would only get one hour to film the performance and send it to the production team. This would leave the broadcaster without the option of editing the recording. Other than that, the performance must be recorded in a studio so that the location has similar technical possibilities to Ahoy Arena.
Sietse Bakker said that they are trying to ensure a possibility to show the pre-recorded performances to the audience in case they would not be needed.
Source: Nu.nl / Image Source: Rotterdam