Sietse Bakker has explained that he is aiming for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest to finish by 00:45 CET.
Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Sieste Bakker has explained that he is hoping for a shorter contest than 2019 when the show lasted over 4 hours. Speaking to Aran Bade he explained that:
We did say: let’s try to finish the final well before 1 am.
The 2019 contest broke the record for the longest Grand Final for the Eurovision Song Contest clocking in at 4 hours and 11 minutes. The reason for the length of the final was down to the interval acts which lasted over 1 hour. Sietse explained:
The one with Madonna may have felt like ten years, but that’s another story. We said we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to fly in a Madonna-like artist.
The aim for the production team is that:
I think we can go to bed at 00.45. And then we have a winner.
The run time of the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years has been as follows:
- 2019 – Grand Final – 4 hours 11 minutes
- 2018 – Grand Final – 3 hours 50 minutes
- 2017 – Grand Final – 3 hours 44 minutes
- 2016 – Grand Final – 3 hours 48 minutes
- 2015 – Grand Final – 3 hours 59 minutes
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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