Coronavirus has been dominating world news headlines in recent weeks and has also started to make the Eurovision news round. Sweden’s SVT News checked in with four Eurovision 2020 stars — Ulrikke, Samanta Tīna, Sandro and Daði Freyr — and got their thoughts on the virus and Eurovision.
SVT Nyheter talked to the four Eurovision 2020 stars who were in Stockholm for Friday’s Melfest WKND 20 pre-party. The Eurovision acts were asked: “How afraid are you if the Coronavirus spreads to Eurovision?”
Norway’s Ulrikke said she was keeping calm and following public health guidelines, saying “I’m trying to do good hygiene, washing my hands a lot.” She was keeping positive about Eurovision adding, “As long as nobody tells me that I’m not going, I think I’m going.”
Latvian diva Samanta Tīna was taking inspiration from her song “Still Breathing”. She explained, “I have a lot of woman’s power and I believe in that. And I believe in that that nothing is going to hurt me because that is my way to the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Samanta also asserted, “I don’t have time for coronavirus.” As the music video for her song demonstrates, she and her posse of strong women are prepared with gloves, cleaner and face shields.
Cyprus’ Sandro was keeping super chill. He told SVT Nyheter, “I’m cool. I’m laidback, you know. I’m just like, whatever.” The “Running” singer was keeping philosophical but strong, adding, “If it hits me, it hits me. I can’t help it, you know. But I’m not gonna die from that.”
Iceland’s Daði Freyr was looking at the bigger picture — outside the Eurovision bubble. He said, “I’m more afraid of the coronavirus in terms of the world and people than I am in terms of Eurovision.” He brought perspective to the situation, saying, “If Eurovision isn’t held, it’s not the end of the world, but if coronavirus is the end of the world, then that’s the end of the world.”
As coronavirus and COVID-19 diagnoses slowly spread around Europe, its impact is starting to be felt in the Eurovision community, though mostly through preventative measures.
On the weekend, Danish broadcaster DR chose to hold its national final without a live arena audience, following advice from the Danish government. The EBU has given Heads of Delegation the option of staying home and remotely attending today’s Heads of Delegation meeting.
The EBU and the host broadcasters of Eurovision 2020 are said to be monitoring the situation. Last month a spokesperson from the city of Rotterdam said, “We monitor everything closely and are prepared for all possible risks and threats.”