The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 live shows might still proceed with a public audience.
According to a contest spokesperson, the organizing team behind the 2021 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is not ruling out the presence of a audience at the Rotterdam Ahoy for the live shows, RTL Nieuws reports.
Thousands of fans are expected to attend the events surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest each year, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the organizing team to adjust protocol for this year’s contest in Rotterdam. The spokesperson said that the contest organizers have been coordinating their efforts with the city government of Rotterdam, as well as with Fieldlab Events, a program created to develop safe re-opening strategies for the Dutch entertainment sector.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a valuable opportunity for the event industry to gain even more insight into how to safely organize events in the coming months,” the spokesperson told RTL. “That is also in line with the National Event Plan, in which the Eurovision Song Contest is an intermediate step on that route.”
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has already been announced to have a number of changes from previous years. Scenario A, a contest with no deviations from the norm, has already been ruled out. The European Broadcasting Union and host broadcasters AVROTROS/NOS/NPO are aiming for Scenario B, a downscaled, socially distanced version of the event. Additionally, Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said that a health and safety protocol has been established to ensure regular testing and quarantine among visiting guests.
He also revealed that should there be no physical audience in the arena, audio enhancements to add crowd noises could be implemented. Pre-recorded backing vocals will also be allowed in this year’s live performances to reduce delegation size.
The contest press center, usually held in a physical location adjacent to the venue, will also be going digital this year. Changes are also anticipated for the green room, where delegations and artists stay while waiting for the live show’s results.
Plans have also already been announced for a hybrid Eurovillage. Traditionally an satellite event stage in the city center that hosts Eurovision-related shows, Eurovillage will be modified this year to have a socially distanced audience, a smaller podium, and online streamed performances, unless regulations otherwise prohibit a physical audience altogether.
Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks before the contest, which is expected to be held on May 18, 20, and 22.
Source: RTL Nieuws
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20 and 22 in Rotterdam. 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.