After the shocking announcement that after 64 years, the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is cancelled due to Europe’s ongoing battle with Covid-19, the show’s executive producer Sietse Bakker revealed happier news in regards to the tickets already sold for the show.
Speaking to Dutch news broadcaster NOS, Bakker talked about the impact of the cancellation on the NPO and on the people who worked hard for the event. He said:
“These are obviously difficult times. Also difficult times to give any guarentees for the future. We are going to do everything, with the broadcasters, with the city of Rotterdam, to make Eurovision 2021 still happen there.”
“Eurovision is a huge production, perhaps the biggest television production that has ever been produced in the Netherlands. At the same time, we are insured for this. We will have to deal with the insurance companies and with all involved parties what this will exactly mean. But it now to early for that.
A big disappointment, but a decision we respect. A big thank you to everyone who worked on this só hard. At the same time, the challenges the world, Europe and our country face are so much bigger. That puts this in perspective. #OpenUp #Eurovision #esc2020 https://t.co/gSO0sJBB4o
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) March 18, 2020
Bakker thinks the 2020 artists should have their moment to shine
The website of the Eurovision Song Contest has uploaded a FAQ, explaining the “why” questions that many Eurovision fans have. The Reference Group is still going to discuss how the Eurovision 2020 can get the opportunity to perform their entries. Sietse Bakker emphasized this:
“That is a decision that is not ours, that is of the EBU. We think that all those artists have done their very best. They have all looked forward to the moment to shine on the stage for three minutes. We hope that we can come to an agreement with the EBU that is doing that people’s right.”
Bakker says that the tickets should remain valid
While the FAQ is reluctant to say anything about the two waves of sold tickets, Sietse Bakker told the NOS that he thinks that freezing the tickets until next year is the appropriate option.
“We have now said that we should leave the tickets where they are at the moment, namely with the people. So if we manage to do Eurovision 2021, the tickets will remain valid.”
The third and last wave of ticket sales was planned to be released on 26 March.
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