Martin Österdahl has opened up about some potential changes fans might expect for future editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.
During a Q&A session on the official Eurovision Twitter account under #AskMartin, the new executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Martin Österdahl has answered some fan questions regarding future changes to the format of the show.
On the subject of multiple host cities for a contest, Martin revealed that this would not be impossible, but that it “would depend on the host broadcaster and whether they could convince the EBU it would be a good idea”. He also revealed that the size of the arena is not the most important factor in deciding on a host city. In fact, a “shared ambition between the host broadcaster, the EBU and, the city is key”.
Another rule change discussed related to the current limit of 6 people on stage during performances. This rule was introduced in 1971, but Martin has revealed that organisers of the contest “[review] the rules on an annual basis to keep the Contest fresh and contemporary”. However he has also revealed that organisers are not opposed to returning to previous show formats, hinting that a return to spokespersons reading out 8, 10 and 12 points, rather than just 12 points as they have been doing since 2016, was not impossible.
Announcements regarding any rule changes to the contest usually come following a meeting between members of the Eurovision Reference Group, who meet several times a year to discuss any changes to the format of the show.
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