With much of Europe on lockdown as efforts continue to curb Covid-19, the EBU has announced some entertainment for those stuck at home. The Eurovision Home Concerts series will launch on 3 April. The series will feature Eurovision stars delivering mini-concerts from their homes.

The EBU describes the YouTube series as stemming from artists facing travel restrictions and tour cancellations in the face of Covid-19. They say that “a new forum to share the music we love is needed now more than ever.”

Each episode of Eurovision Home Concerts will feature several Eurovision artists, both from past years and from 2020. In every episode, the artists will each perform their Eurovision song as well as a cover of another Eurovision classic.

Fans will decide which song will be covered

The first confirmed artist is Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who represented Ireland at Eurovision 2018. He will, of course, perform his Eurovision entry “Together”, but it will be up to fans to decide the Eurovision song he’ll cover.

There are four options to choose from: Ireland’s 1994 winning song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”, the Netherlands’ 2014 runner-up “Calm After the Storm”, Lake Malawi’s recent hit “Friend of a Friend” and Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Think About Things”. The vote closes soon, so have your say over on Twitter!

The first show of Eurovision Home Concerts will kick off on 3 April. The show will be available on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

PrePartyES goes online

Fans were disappointed when the Spanish Eurovision pre-party was cancelled PrePartyES was cancelled earlier this month. But the party will go on — this time in an online format.

The event organisers have confirmed that PrePartyES at Home! will take place on 11 April. The event is described as an “online concert tribute to Eurovision 2020 that appeals to global responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but organisers promise some Eurovision 2020 acts and stars from previous years. They’ll all be contributing via performances in their own homes.

Organisers say the event has three objectives: to pay tribute to the acts of Eurovision 2020, to give Eurovision fans on lockdown some company in the form of music, and to emphasise the importance of staying home to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The show will be broadcast on Saturday 11 April — the same date as the previously planned Spanish pre-party. The event will be streamed live on the Eurovision Spain YouTube channel.

What do you think? Which acts would you like to see at these events? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Nicola Darby

AMAZING! Can Mikolas Josef and Netta do this please!

Erik
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Erik

Like the idea a lot!
The EBU need to do stuff like this.
People excpect it, and there is an audience. So they should really use the opportunity

jim
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jim

Last year he looked underage and now he looks 50yo wtf

CRAIG
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CRAIG

I think he looks great – very handsome!

Hyunwoo
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Hyunwoo

We want Mia Negovetic, Jaagup Tuisk, Astrid in Avantgarden, Dotter, Erika Vikman, Kristin Husøy, Moniqué, Iva Marín Adrichem, Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops, Bárbara Tinoco, Dami Im, Dimash Kudaibergen, and Ryan O’Shaughnessy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021!

percy
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percy

As much as I want Dimash to do this, he isn’t a Eurovision star, and Kazakhstan is *still* not in the EBU.

OhOkay
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OhOkay

Daaamn Ryan… from “twink” to “DADDY IT’S TOO BIG”

Nitzan
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Nitzan

Good idea. I didn’t understand though, is it gonna be in an episodes format? And is it gonna be just one performer each episode or a few?

Whisker
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Whisker

This is not a bad idea! I look forward to the shows.

Darren
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Darren

Tonight, at midnight, Ireland officially entered full lockdown.
This Eurovision news is really what I needed just now.
Stay safe everyone.

Whisker
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Whisker

Stay safe Darren!

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Off topic:Borislav milanov and Jan Bors are publicly fighting on Facebook. Bors said to Boris that he should basically don’t say anything and thank the broadcasters cause they made him famous. Seriously now, who the f he thinks he is? Disrespecting the time, effort and energy of songwriters as if they are not important in the eurovision process makes me disgusted. Eurovision can exist without a delusional ex HoD and the Swedish mafia. Without SONGS and songwriters it can’t.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Forgot to mention: Cesar Sampson defended Ben Dolic in the same comment section saying that everything he claimed about Bors is true. Ops.

James
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James

In the end, we all lose. There’s no one winning in this seemingly unending debate.

James
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James

The saga continues.

vox
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vox

still waiting to hear how they will honor this years songs, this tricks do nothing.

leopard
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leopard

Honestly, who the hell cares about Ryan and who want to listen him? Give us better names otherwise it’s not interesting (even if idea about this is good).

Yodenman
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Yodenman

You stole my thoughts.Hardly a high profile name. I could not stand his song to start with, so sadly I will not be giving this one a listen. On a positive note, it is a good idea in theory.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I’ll skip the first round, but the idea is delightful and there’s a chance some interesting ones will show up later.

lucky
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lucky

a bit rude but ok

Whisker
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Whisker

I LOVE Ryan and want to listen to him. Thank you.

JONAS
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JONAS

A bit mean-spirited!

Olivia Mac Arthur
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Olivia Mac Arthur

Why so sour? Are you gonna complain about any artists doing this unless they are in your own, personal opinion relevant? Sorry, but Ryan is relevant. He’s a eurovision artist. He is a great name. Stop being a sour puss. I’m excited to hear from him.

Your allowed to not be interested based on artists, that’s your loss. Just don’t be so nasty about it.

Rayray Chaikalis
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Rayray Chaikalis

Is there a Facebook poll? I don’t have twitter

Conor K
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Conor K

Great idea! Older songs have no chance in such polls however which is a shame but oh well

Joe
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Joe

In fairness, Ryan’s covered “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” a bunch of times already so I wanted to hear something new. I personally voted for “Friend of a Friend.”
I hope Serhat does one of them and they give him a classic Turkish entry like “For Real” or “Besinci Mevsim.”

Conor K
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Conor K

Joe I think ‘Hani’ (1982) or “Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim (1990) would suit him perfectly. Or even Esmer Yarim (1993) for fun 😉

Joe
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Joe

Yes! He’d do a great Kayahan cover. One of the most underrated ESC songs ever (in a year full of them – Netherlands and Israel too)

Denis
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Denis

And why wasn’t this one of the options discussed by EBU about ESC? Everybody from Home?

Joe
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Joe

Because how do you expect to pull off complicated stuff over Skype? Fokas Evangelinos insanity can’t be done in your basement.

Joseph Shaulov
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Joseph Shaulov

I love this comment to much ahahahaha. But if ESC was done at home, since there will be no LEDs and props, people can finally focus on the song for once. Doesn’t that sound good

Erik
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Erik

Yes, Joseph, but focusing on the song is not part of the ESC spirit. If there are no leds they must cancel 😉

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I’m shocked. The EBU actually had a pleasant idea. I mean, artists would probably do this on their own anyway, but still. The artists I wish for are Patricia Kaas, Ilse, Lenny Kuhr, The Why-ay-ay-ay Lady, Sebalter, Kaliopi and a bunch of Icelandic, Estonian and Slovenian artists from years ago.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I see taste only! I also want to see Blanche though her boice would make every song special.
and agree this idea is actually brilliant!

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

How did I forget Blanche? My favorite entry of the entire past decade.

Ulvi
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Ulvi

It’s great to see, that somebody else values the magnificent and spectacular WHY-AY-AY-AY lady. Good taste was found.