The ‘Eurovision Song Celebration’ will return for the second year but this time will honour the Live-On-Tape Recordings.
The ‘Eurovision Song Celebration’ will return as part of the EBU’s promise that the contest would return stronger than ever. Last year’s ‘Eurovision Song Celebration’ saw the streaming of all 41 official videos in place of the cancelled Semi-Finals. Fan content was also included to celebrate the fans of the show.
This year the ‘Eurovision Song Celebration’ will celebrate the work put into the live-on-tape (backup) performances. As of now, the EBU hope’s it is possible for all the 39 acts to perform live on the Rotterdam Ahoy stage. The planned celebration means the all the work put into the backup performances will be seen by the fans. As with last year, the show will include fan content. This year show will return on Saturday May 29, one week after the after the final.
In addition to the Eurovision Song Celebration, a show called ‘Krista Calling’ will be hosted by Eurovision 2013 star Krista Siegfrids. Krista Calling will show fans all the backstage action of this year show from the red carpet to all behind-the-scenes actions in the Rotterdam Ahoy.
What is a live on tape performance?
This year all 39 acts had 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 was able to 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. Live-On-Tape Recordings also do not need to resemble the planned live Eurovision staging, meaning each act was free to create a totally unique bake up performance if they wished.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20 and 22 in Rotterdam. A total of 39 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.
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