As the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 is felt around Europe, the Israeli delegation is taking more precautions relating to Eurovision. Singer Eden Alene will NOT be travelling to The Netherlands to film her Eurovision postcard, following new travel rules from Israel’s Ministry of Health.

Ynet reports that the Israeli delegation has confirmed that Eden will not travel to The Netherlands for the planned postcard shoot. This follows the Israel Ministry of Health’s strict new guidelines surrounding travellers returning to Israel from abroad.

The broadcaster has said it will try to find another solution for shooting Eden’s Eurovision postcard.

Israel’s Ministry of Health regulations regarding COVID-19

On 6 March, Israel’s Ministry of Health released a new order requiring all travellers arriving in Israel to go into quarantine. The rule applies to both Israelis returning from abroad as well as tourists arriving from other countries.

This new order would mean that if Eden and the Israeli team travel to the Netherlands, they would have to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their return. This is despite there being no official coronavirus epidemic in The Netherlands.

Coronavirus precautions

Israel is being extremely precautious regarding the coronavirus. For this reason, the Israel delegation chose not to attend the Heads of Delegation meeting in person. Israel’s representative instead participated by video link.

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.”

What do you think? Could Eden film her postcard remotely? Share your thoughts below!

Read more Israel Eurovision 2020 news here

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Saskia
Saskia
10 months ago

What about Senhit and Diodato? I mean they’re probably not gonna be able to travel either, at least right now :/

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
10 months ago

You guys need to relax. They are just saying the postcard is not important enough to fly to Netherlands at this time. Nothing else will be affected. Worst case scenario they film the contest without a crowd but I seriously doubt it will come to that. Two months from now things will be different.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 months ago

Worried about Eden Alene!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 months ago

I hope that Eden Alene will be OK!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 months ago

That is, Israel will refuse Eurovision?

jrn
jrn
10 months ago

Oh oh oh
We are lost in Corona

diana
diana
10 months ago

Weren’t the postcards from 2017 filmed in Ukraine during eurovision, between rehearsals? Israel and other countries who are worried about corona can do that…

Ana
Ana
10 months ago
Reply to  diana

Only the first few seconds of each postcard was filmed on a set in Ukraine. The rest was filmed in the participating country. So no, they did not film them “between rehearsals”

diana
diana
10 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Well anyways, not that hard to film a little sequence of 30 seconds in Rotterdam

Ana
Ana
10 months ago
Reply to  diana

If it’s just her then yes, they can definitely shoot something when She comes there for the contest. If they will have more acts that won’t come to shoot the postcard, they will have a problem.

John
John
10 months ago

They can easily fit shooting the postcard into the schedule by arriving into the Netherlands 1-2 days early in May. They did the only practical thing given the announced quarantine by the Israeli government,

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
10 months ago

do you think Italy will be coming to ESC? i have a strong feeling they will not after what happening there.

Angelika
Angelika
10 months ago

Azerbaijan song is out! And said the words gay and bi (in between)….Bravo, very good song and video clip!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

Azerbaijan is also released now (Cleopatra by samira)

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
10 months ago

I cannot blame Eden. No one wants this unfortunate news to happen as she has no choice. Her decision to back out is wise enough as she should prioritise her health first.

Guy
Guy
10 months ago

They also shooting the video clip

grafton
grafton
10 months ago

Given the fact that Dotter has asthma… maybe its not too bad she has not been sent this year. The corona would have sung forever rest in peace

Roo
Roo
10 months ago

How long does it take to film the postcards? If I remember correctly the 2003 postcards were filmed when all the artists had arrived in Latvia. I know there is twice the number of postcards to film. But they don’t have to be that complicated do they?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

The patient is alive. Albania gets my love!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

We all know you don’t have love for anything. You never wrote a single positive comment. The mirror must crumble when you show your stone-faced grimace. 🙂

Robert
Robert
10 months ago

Guys, I’m really sad.. I sincerely hope this won’t ruin the contest now that it’s finally in The Netherlands.. Others may not care but to have it without people in Ahoy would be really bad.. 🙁

Citizen of Memel
Citizen of Memel
10 months ago
Reply to  Robert

You mean it would be an economic disadvantage to the Dutch broadcaster? Oh well.

Galaxyfold
Galaxyfold
10 months ago

I don’t know why is everyone talking about canceling Eurovision. If the Covid-19 situation doesn’t get better untill May why couldn’t they just change the date of eurovision to let’s say August

Ema B
Ema B
10 months ago
Reply to  Galaxyfold

Yes, the most I think they would do is postpone it until July or August. They wouldn’t outright cancel it straight away.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

guys, Arilena’s revamp is out

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Listening now.
I don’t know what to make of it!

Edit: Then, I hear the 3rd minute and wow.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I do. They just saved themselves.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

It took a while but I really thought I’d get through all the songs without hearing a *winner*-quality song.
Am SO glad I was wrong.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I actually felt this song. I didnt feel ‘Shaj’ at all. Outstanding revamp.

Mark
Mark
10 months ago

I don’t think my country (Italy) is going to partecipate 🙁

EitanIL
EitanIL
10 months ago
Reply to  Mark

you must! you have a beautiful song!

Polliu
Polliu
10 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I think you guys won’t. Blame it on the stupid government that didn’t take it seriously.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Oh no. I don’t want to think about that. “Fai rumore” is one of my favorite entries.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

Allow me to double down: If this year turns out to be the first one of modern times where the performances will not be ruined by idiots waving their flags in front of the performers, it will actually be the best Eurovision show ever for the viewers.

Una
Una
10 months ago

A fabulous idea for the next editions 🙂

Tuvia
Tuvia
10 months ago

Suggestion – if by May things havent calmed down and the situation is similar to now or worse. Have the eurovision with no crowd, and allow artists who wish to do so to perform in an arena in their home country instead, livestreaming. It would be a one-time thing for 2020 due to the pandemic. Different countries have different rules, some allow travel, some have stricter restrictions. If the current situation gets worse, the delegations should have the option of livestreaming. If the delegations hear “come here in person or cancel,” many will cancel. It would be annoying and wouldnt… Read more »

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

About live streaming as a last resort option: yes and no. *Yes* if that means that we still have a show. *No* because not all broadcasters have the same resources for a live show for Eurovision so there could be unfair competition from the start. Unless the broadcasters would agree to the same standard for technical standards (audio and visuals). There are differences for the big show under normal conditions too but all broadcasters start from the same technical standards for the show. From which they can design their show and performance. And *no* also because the burden on the… Read more »

Esc1234
Esc1234
10 months ago

Stop being so pathetic

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

I think it would be perfectly fine for anyone in any year to just do the rehearsals and actual live shows and no other program at all. Eurovision is made for us viewers and not the self-important fangirls going cray on the ground. It’s all fine. The delegations can all get tested and Corona won’t make it to the stage, at least.

Una
Una
10 months ago

Quarantine for 28 days in the host country? Two weeks before the rehearsals and two weeks during rehearsals and shows? Who would cover the costs? Nightmare!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

I didn’t say anything about a quarantine. I meant they don’t have to suffer through all the pretend journalism fan encounters and just enjoy themselves

Una
Una
10 months ago

No, you didn’t say anything about the quarantine. I got the idea after reading the news from Israel that puts in quarantine all incoming people to the country for 14 days. Sorry if my comment was not clear.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

Let’s hope that won’t be necessary. But I must say, I like how Israel protects its people. Personally, I would like Austria to be just as strict. We’d probably have less infections.

Una
Una
10 months ago

Well maybe Austria was saved a bit because of the restrictions of travel between the shared border with Italy? So many countries and so many protocols and decisions. Let’s hope for the best.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

I am glad they acted to prevent a bigger outbreak coming from Italy but compared to Israel, it was too little, too late. We do have numerous infections here.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 months ago

Okay… But what she’s gonna do when may comes around. Will she sit in lockdown in a hotel room for 24/7 when there are no rehearsals for 2 weeks long? This is literally the worst year we could have ever won. If the whole thing gets cancelled we’ll have made millions of losses for nothing.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I don’t get why they can’t just do it without an audience if this crisis prevails until May.
Ofcourse that would mean that people still need to travel there. If everyone is so ridiculously panicked that they don’t even dare to do that, it won’t work out anyway.

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
10 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

EBU won’t leave you with that 😉

You’ll present us a great show in May.
With or without audience in the arena…. but with even more numbers of watching at home. Trust me.

What to watch if you’re stuck at home when coronavirus is knocking your door? -You watch ESC and the virus will surrender.

EuroSluuuuuutty
EuroSluuuuuutty
10 months ago

Why don’t they simply move the contest to Jupiter?

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
10 months ago

Naah, they don’t have the right venue, that EBU could accept. Also I heard that there is lack of knowledge of La langue Francais (as we all know, it’s VERY important and needed at ESC) 🙂

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

I think there’s already cases of Coronavirus there

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul

And millions of cases of Corona too, to wash it out. #cheers

P!nk Forever
P!nk Forever
10 months ago

We lost and we found our Corona.

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
10 months ago

And probably she’s not the only one…
Maybe they’ll have to change the concept for all postcards…

It looks like due to many unexpected spendings Netherlands will pay for hosting more than the others in the past. And it’t not just about the money…

Sara
Sara
10 months ago

Yes, I’m Dutch and I was looking forward to it the whole year. I would be sad if next year we just move on to another country. (Not sure which one it would be then) But health is more important of course.

Maya G
Maya G
10 months ago
Reply to  Sara

I was just thinking about the Dutch fans today. You’ve waited for this victory for so many years, and I know how exciting and fulfilling it is to have your country host the greatest show on earth.
You guys deserve the full host country experience and I hope that whatever the EBU eventually decide, would enable the Netherlands to host the contest at full power, with all the delegations and fans coming over, partying hard and filling Rotterdam AHOY, even if it means rescheduling the contest.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
10 months ago

If somehow Eurovision 2020 will be cancelled, I hope they would let all artists chosen to sing their songs in 2021 and not just move on to choose other artists and entries

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

They could just do it without audience like DMGP. What’s the big deal?
But if they cancel it please let the songs go down with it. This lineup is not nearly good enough to spend 2 years on.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

I hope they’ll do it like DMGP
But if they still want to cancel it, whether you think the songs are good or not, I think it’s only fair to let the artists still compete

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

I mean, it’s not that I don’t like the songs, it’s just that most of them are a little low-energy to keep me hyped for 1.5 years. And it’s also just not the spirit of Eurovision to have them out there for that long. The rules are in place for a reason. There would be no build-up towards the actual contest in 2021 and the less interested masses would probably be bored with their entries or have forgotten them already. Interest and ratings would go down and the contest just can’t afford that.

dxi
dxi
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

What’s the big deal? Maybe that we finally won and people like me and my mother, who has been a fan since the sixties, were able to get tickets when we didn’t even expect to get so lucky. Not every Eurovision fan has the means to just go to whichever country wins that year. If the next time we win takes another 40 years, it might take 40 years for me to finally attend the event I’ve been a huge fan of since my early childhood. And by then, my mother won’t even be alive anymore. Eurovision without audience is… Read more »

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
10 months ago

Nobody really cares about the postcards.

Andrei
Andrei
10 months ago

She’ll film her postcard via Skype probably, lol

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

I wonder if the third wave of ticket sales on the 26th will still go ahead

Tusán
Tusán
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I think that’s when we can expect some news.

Urdaf
Urdaf
10 months ago

Somewhere in China…

-“What’s good on the menu here?”
-“Ahhh, we have Bat baguette, Bat soup, Bat n’ Beets salad, fried Bat wings, shish keBat…”
– “I’ll have the Bat soup for starters and then the shis keBat.”
– “Very good choice, Sir. Would you like anything to drink with it?”
– “hmmm, yes – do you have any beer?”
– “Yes, Sir – we have Carlsberg, Budweiser, Corona…”
– “Corona, please!
…..

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  Urdaf

How racist.

Glorious Mustache
Glorious Mustache
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

How is that racist?? It mocks their eating habits. Not their race.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

the fact that you need to ask how it is racist is a testament to how far the human race has fallen

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Humor seems to be dead in your version of the human race. I won’t join. lol

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

yes, humour is amazing when is degrading to another race. I am laughing so hard right now at blatant racism and sinophobia. I should be laughing harder, since racism is so incredibly funny, Mr. Vanilla Bean. Ha f*cking ha.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Mama wants you to put a euro in the swear jar. lol

Urdaf
Urdaf
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

How is that racist, @Ashton? I can only guess you have an itching instinct to yell racism before putting a minimal thought to it. This is a humorous bit, that states a fact from which the virus originated and a funny way it got its name. No one said Chinese people are bad, or raised a conspiracy based on their origins, let alone race. If anything, your patronizing attitude in calling this “racism” as if you are the knight in shining armor, protecting the racial honor of the Chinese people is by itself pure racism. If anything comes out of… Read more »

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  Urdaf

Thanks for calling me an imbecile, Urdaf, how very mature of you. It is racist because it plays upon the stereotype that Chinese people eat bats/cats/dogs, et cetera, when in fact it is quite uncommon (although I will admit it does occur). This stereotype is perpetuated by much of the western media, in order to portray the Chinese people as dirty or unsafe, which they are not. I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t understand how you are being racist, however, though I do applaud your use of well-formed arguments instead of just blindly attacking me (I am not being… Read more »

Urdaf
Urdaf
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I suggest you look up racism in a dictionary, Ashton. I assumed you wouldn’t call a Balkan vegan, describing a beef eating Texan, in a humorous way (and yes it was humorous, but as people stated here already – humor is probably beyond you) – a Racist. The fact that you shout so loud “racism” does not make it true, just put you, yes, in an imbecilic light.
Btw, no need to apologize for making insanely dumb remarks. I forgive you no matter what, and I hope you’ll find the light.

EuroSluuuuuutty
EuroSluuuuuutty
10 months ago
Reply to  Urdaf

This was so unfunny and funny at the same tume lmao 😀

Polliu
Polliu
10 months ago
Reply to  Urdaf

I’m Chinese and I approve this comment. Mainland China should be responsible for the whole tragedy.

Ritabloggs
Ritabloggs
10 months ago
Reply to  Urdaf

Actually researchers say pangolins were the initial disease carrier of covid 19.it were the chinese who ate them though xD

Viktor
Viktor
10 months ago

Virus should disappear when temperatures gets higher. Hope everything will be ok in May 🙂

Erik
Erik
10 months ago
Reply to  Viktor

What is your source on this? There are no indications that this virus is affected and spreading faster or slower in warmer or colder temperatures. So what do you base this assumption on? That this is common for other viruses? Now, why is corona spreading in Malaysia with tropical climate, if it will slow down in warmer temperatures?

SARS-CoV spread in colder regions, while MERS-CoV spread in warmer regions. SARS-CoV-2 is not yet fully examined to make a statement like that. Please only spread validated information.

Lise
Lise
10 months ago
Reply to  Erik

I thought China’s stats were at their lowest since the beginning of the epidemic? They closed all their Coronavirus hospitals but one and said this shows the disease is getting under control.

Milanolich
Milanolich
10 months ago
Reply to  Lise

Yes, because they have been in quarantine for almost three months, not because of the temperature

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Erik

There are indicators. Just look at how it doesn’t spread nearly as fast, sometimes not at all, in southern regions of the globe.
It probably won’t get hot enough here until May to really affect this virus, but the general statement that warmer temperatures will slow it down is true.

Ben
Ben
10 months ago
Reply to  Viktor

Wishful thinking. The temperatures in Italy right now are the same as temperatures in the Netherlands in May!

Polliu
Polliu
10 months ago
Reply to  Viktor

So naive.

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

That’s a shame. What’s weird is that Lesley Roy was talking about Eurovision pre-parties she was aiming to participate in, and named London, Amsterdam, Madrid…and Tel Aviv. This in spite of no word about Tel Aviv bringing their pre-party back (and it doesn’t look likely now, that’s for sure).

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

“What, no more party in Tel Aviv?
Ah. Story of my Life.”

Tuvia
Tuvia
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

All international events in Israel are banned. Israel has taken one of the strictest measures in the world. From Thursday 12 March, anyone entering Israel from abroad must go into 14 days quarantine.

We are lucky Israel doesn’t host it this year. The government would just cancel it without blinking, forcing the EBU to move it somewhere else.

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

Italy is in lockdown – the entire country – since the evening of March 9th 🙁

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Wasn’t there a comment here a few weeks ago that Tel Aviv Calling is not happening anymore? Because it was made with the purpose of promoting Israel as a Eurovision host? They didn’t organize the event last year. Yet the Netherlands as a host country was still organizing the pre-party?

Tuvia
Tuvia
10 months ago

As much as I love eurovision, I will accept and understand whatever the authorities decide when it comes to this. We cant know if this will get worse or better, and it’s a challenge humanity hasnt faced since 1918. Better safe than sorry.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

Where did you get this year? This isn’t nearly as bad as the Spanish flu and it’s irresponsible to pretend it is. People are in too much panic already.

Tuvia
Tuvia
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

If we go back in time, the Spanish flu is the latest pandemic with higher spreading and death rate than covid-19, making this current pandemic more significant than anyone around has experienced in his lifetime.
This flu seems to be less deadly, and we dont have the same lack of information, malnourishments and crowded unhygienic medical camps as back then. Still, we are more mobile now, millions of people are in quaranteen and thousands are dead. It needs to be taken seriously if we want it to ever pan off.

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

This is a very good, well thought comment.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

It is simply not true to say “the Spanish flu is the latest pandemic with higher […] death rate than covid-19”. Spreading maybe, but not death rate. For example the SARS epidemic of 2002, often branded a pandemic, had less spreading, but a death rate of approximately 10%.
I’m not denying that corona is bad, it’s just a little dramatic and not very helpful to compare it to the spanish flu in my opinion.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
10 months ago

Other delegations should follow suit.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
10 months ago

It’s concerning me more and more that our Eurovision 2020 will be significantly hampered by this virus and the restrictions and lockdowns that are now coming into effect since the big spike in Italy in March. At best, if the virus measures intensify, it looks like the Contest would be performed to an empty arena, like Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020. Keeping my best wishes for speedy improvements all round!