Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, Gerben Bakker has revealed that pre-recorded video will play a major role in this year’s opening and interval acts.
In the interview with presenter James Rowe, Head of Show Gerben Bakker explained that:
“We will be much more integrating pre recorded video in the [opening and interval] acts. Creatively it will be very interesting but also more secure, that the unique content is already on tape.”
Mr Bakker, who has twice held this role at the 2007 and 2012 editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest went on to explain how the wider city of Rotterdam will be included in the live shows.
“Our biggest aim was to be different than earlier editions of Eurovision and to use our host city of Rotterdam as a second location to do performances.”
Bakker spoke about many of this year’s opening and interval acts, including the inspiration for Rock The Roof, where six former winners will all perform on Rotterdam rooftops:
“I was kind of inspired by the VMAs in 2020 when The Weeknd performed on a rooftop in New York. Let’s try to do this with previous winners in Rotterdam.”
Additional acts which will not be performed live inside the Ahoy includes an orchestral performance, which has already been filmed on the Erasmus Bridge. Gerben Bakker explained:
“Our classical orchestra, we cannot put them on the stage but what can we do? Maybe we can shoot an amazing video in the centre of Rotterdam by night on the world famous Erasmus Bridge.”
Bakker continued, adding:
“So we did that, we’re now finishing the video and it will be very impressive and I think much more surprising than our plans for 2020.”
You can hear the full interview with Gerben, along with an extended interview with Executive Producer Sietse Bakker on today’s bonus episode of The Euro Trip.
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, and 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.
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