Five delegations will travel to Sofia to film their back-up performances for Eurovision 2021 according to Eurovision Fun.
Bulgaria along with Malta, Greece, Moldova and Cyprus are all set to soon film their Eurovision backup performances in Sofia according to Eurovision Fun. The recording of backup (Live on tape) performances in Bulgaria being produced by the same company that worked with BNT to produce the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is not the only one to host multiple Delegations, Lithuania has also hosted a number of delegations earlier this month to film their backup performance. North Macedonia also filmed their backup performance alongside Serbia’s Hurricane in Belgrade. While some delegations such as Sweden or Norway have used their national selection stages for their backup performance.
To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Belgium – Brussels, Belgium
- Czech Republic – Czech Republic, Brno
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
- Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden
- Switzerland – Zurich, Switzerland
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
Each act can rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May. All backup performances must be filmed by the 25th of March.
Source: Eurovision Fun| Image Source: BNT
At the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, 17-year-old Kristian Kostov finished in second place in the Grand Final, bringing Bulgaria their best ever result. 2017 saw Bulgaria make only their third final in their Eurovision history, the first being in 2007 when Elitsa & Stoyan finished 5th with the song “Water”. Bulgaria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2005. The country competed annually from 2005 to 2013, before withdrawing for two years due to financial issues.