Broadcasters will not need to film a live-on-tape performance ahead of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris.
There will be no pre-recorded live-on-tape performances created ahead of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It was confirmed at today’s press conference in Paris that live-on-tape performances will not be used in the event that an act tests positive for COVID-19.
If one of the participants tests positive ahead of the contest and is unable to attend the contest, the music video for the song will be broadcast. In the event an act tests positive following their rehearsal and is unable to compete in the televised final, a recording of the rehearsal will be used. These plans are similar to what was done earlier this year at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 a member of the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið tested positive for COVID and so the recording of one of the group’s rehearsals was used in place of them being on stage live.
Tickets for this year’s contest have already gone on sale with all attendees required to have a Passe Sanitaire (Health Pass) and must follow COVID-19 protocols. Much of the plans for 2021 are for a normal-looking contest but with regular covid testing and enhanced hygiene such as avoiding all contact where possible.
As was the case in Rotterdam a dedicated test center will be on-site to carry out PCR tests, Antigen tests and respiratory capacity tests. The acts will only travel via private vehicles and with each member of the delegation eating and sleeping in separate rooms to lower the risk of infection. Acts that do not follow these rules will be at risk of disqualification from the competition.
In 2020 Scenario D was used for the hosting of the Junior Eurovision 2020, this saw all delegations stay at home with all acts using a pre-recorded backup tape.
The 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in La Seine Musicale, Paris, France on Sunday 19th December. The contest will be hosted by France for the first time following Valentina’s victory at the 2020 contest with her song “J’imagine”.
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