Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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EBU and the Dutch organizers of Eurovision song contest 2021 in Rotterdam have made today public the four scenarios they have prepared for the next Eurovision as the Covid-19 pandemic situation is waking up all over Europe again as the Wave two is getting into full swing. How long it will last no one knows.....
The scenario A is of course the normal Eurovision with full audience, press, fans and all the holabaloo in the city. Business as usual in short. Everyone's hoping for this, of course, but without being too pessimistic it seems rather unlikely but one can always hope and pray! That would demand a working vaccine, truly reliable testing etc.
The scenario B is the almost business as usual but with social distancing 1-2 meters meaning only half the audience in the arena, less media, delegation people and fans on the spot, Add masks and a lot of restrictions as we are already used to. The show on television would be almost as usual.
The scenario C would be like B with added restrictions and possibly some delegations staying home for possible travel bans and they would stage and perform from home studios instead, something that will be rehearsed in the coming Junior Eurovision song contest in Warsaw later this year. The show would go on from Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam with these possible video links when necessary.
The scenario D would be the lock down scenario, like the replacement show this spring from Rotterdam. The hosts and interval acts would take place in Rotterdam while all the acts would perform from home with video links, like the Junior Eurovision 2020.
Otherwise the stage and the hosts remain the same as were announced for 2020. The slogan and the logo will remain the same. Or will they? As the logo is fact based on the countries taking part in 2020, for 2021 it should be revised should any country withdraw or join the party if they had decided to stay home in 2020. So Open up... again.
Which scenario will be adapted will be most likely decided around the hosts of delegations meetings in mid March. When writing this 33 countries have confirmed for the contest, 18 of them sending the same artists as selected for 2020 already.