The Eurovision postcards are one of the most anticipated non-performance parts of the song contest shows. How the Dutch host broadcasters have revealed the concept for the Eurovision 2020 postcards. The segments will show Eurovision stars participating in activities alongside ordinary Dutch people.
The trio of host broadcasters — NPO, AVROTROS, NOS — have shared their plans for the Eurovision 2020 postcards.
The show producers say the postcards’ theme has been inspired by the “Open up” slogan. But involving ordinary people in the clips, the broadcaster aims to show the positive connections of the Dutch community.
Dutch community groups will be involved
Sietse Bakker, Eurovision 2020 Executive Producer Event, says “Dutch people often meet each other through hobbies, activities, traditions and communities. From street barbecues, carnival organizations and fraternities to football clubs, choirs and breakdance groups.”
This suggests that these could be are some of the activities we will Eurovision 2020 stars getting involved with. Could Blas Cantó host a street barbecue? Will VICTORIA try some breakdancing?
But the show producers aren’t giving away much more about the postcard content. Bakker does, however, confirm that these won’t be your traditional scenic tourist highlights. He says, “This time we opt for a different interpretation than the often more tourist impressions presented by the Host Country during the Eurovision Song Contest.”
This suggests that the 2020 postcards won’t quite be using the same format as the scenic visits of previous years, such as Austria in 2015 or Portugal in 2018.
The postcards for 2013, 2014 and 2016 filmed the acts in their home country. Most recently, the postcards for Tel Aviv took a different approach and had Eurovision stars dancing in scenic locations around the area.
The Eurovision 2020 postcards will be filmed in March and April 2020 in the Netherlands. The 41 competing artists will each travel to a Dutch location and participate in a local “activity, tradition or hobby”.
Dutch people can also get involved with the postcards. The broadcaster is looking for groups who are willing to welcome a Eurovision star and let them participate in their activity. Examples given are football, skating, building a carnival car, playing bingo, baking pies or even sailing.
The show producers have released a video to get community groups involved.
Interested Dutch groups can apply at the Songfestival website.
Why does Eurovision have postcards?
Eurovision postcards are short, 40-second clips that are played before each performer takes to the stage in the Eurovision semi-finals and grand final.
The postcards serve two purposes. While the postcard is played, the time is used for the previous act to leave the stage and for the next act to get set up. With some Eurovision entries requiring complex staging, watching the changeover happen in just 40 seconds is a masterclass in stage work.
And since 2013, the postcards now always serve as an introduction to the upcoming performer. It gives the audience a short chance to get to know the artist in an everyday setting before we are drawn into their Eurovision performance.
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