Speaking in a exclusive interview with The Euro Trip podcast, Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl has said ‘audio enhancement’ could be used to help compensate for crowd noise if no audiences are allowed to attend the contest in May.
Appearing on the bonus episode of podcast released earlier today, Mr Österdahl said the various national selections held around Europe had shown the importance of having a live audience where possible.
“It’s really interesting watching all the national selections that are taking place, you do realise how much a live audience means to these shows.”
“We’ve always known it, but it becomes very obvious.”
Earlier this week new Health and Safety Protocols were revealed by the organisers, who say they are aiming for a socially distanced crowd inside the Ahoy Arena.
This is something Mr Österdahl believes is possible.
“We’re hopeful we will have some kind of audience or some people in front of the stage, it means a lot to the show.”
Should the Covid-19 situation change however, he revealed there are plans in place to replicate the atmosphere brought by fans.
“If that [an audience] would be impossible, we are of course looking at how to compensate for that, with things like clever television technology, and things like audio enhancement, and all the other things we’ve been used to seeing in live television today.”
You can listen to the full interview with Martin Österdahl on a bonus episode of The Euro Trip podcast, available on all streaming services and on Eurovoix.tv.
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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.