With the EBU and Eurovision organisers expected to make a decision on how this year’s contest will be staged in the next few weeks, The Euro Trip podcast spoke to a journalist based in Rotterdam to understand the current Covid-19 situation in the city.
- Scenario A: A normal Eurovision Song Contest
- Scenario B: Socially distant Eurovision Song Contest – at 1.5 meters
- Scenario C: A Eurovision Song Contest with travel restrictions
- Scenario D: Eurovision Song Contest in lockdown
Now with the deadline for a decision approaching, Sheila Kamerman, a journalist based in the city for newspaper NRC has given her thoughts on what sort of contest we should expect.
Speaking to the podcast she said a number of options were still on the table.
“It depends on the UK [coronavirus] variant, and how we will be able to stop it, and the measures that will be taken at that time. It won’t be Eurovision like it should be, people coming, lots of crowds, people standing next to each other. Because it is in May… they [the Dutch authorities] expect to finish vaccinating the people who want to be vaccinated at the end of the summer.”
Having lived and worked in Rotterdam for many years, Sheila also revealed how frustrated contest officials and residents were that the city wouldn’t be able to welcome tourists as expected.
“There is a lot of disappointment. It isn’t Amsterdam, everybody knows Amsterdam, Rotterdam is as big, more or less, but they really wanted to get more people to come, and see. It is a special city…it is beautiful.”
Despite this Sheila is also hopeful that the contest will still offer a chance to celebrate after a difficult year for her country.
“I hope… a lot of people in Holland hope it will be at least a bit like the Eurovision should be.”
You can listen to the full interview in the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, available on all major streaming services.
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition, they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.
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