When Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, so was Rotterdam‘s role as the host city of the contest. But the Dutch city is looking to the future. Next week the Rotterdam city council will vote on whether they will fund the €6.7 million needed to host the next edition of Eurovision.
While Rotterdam has lost the ability to host Eurovision 2020, the Netherlands’ host broadcasters have said that they think it makes sense for Rotterdam to host the next edition of Eurovision. But hosting comes with a hefty price tag.
Last month Rotterdam’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb revealed that it would cost the city an extra €6.7 million to continue with hosting Eurovision. The council will meet on Thursday 23 April and take a vote on whether they will fund the shortfall to ensure that Rotterdam will be able to host Eurovision 2021.
Also up for debate is the location of the Eurovision Village. For 2020, it was scheduled to be held at the iconic Binnenrotte Market. However, a councillor has suggested that it be moved to another location to allow the market area to be used normally.
It was also suggested that free tickets be given to Dutch healthcare workers. However, councillor Said Kasmi said that would be difficult to arrange and noted that free tickets had already been given to city residents on low incomes. However, he did hint at some sort of Eurovision side event that may benefit healthcare workers.
The uncertainty of Eurovision 2021
While the next edition of Eurovision may be held in Rotterdam, it’s less certain what form the contest will take.
As part of its current measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Netherlands has a ban on events being held. If such a ban were still in place in 2021, it would therefore not be possible to hold Eurovision in its usual arena format.
Medical experts have said that it will be extremely unlikely that large events such as the Olympic Games will be able to go ahead next year until a Covid-19 vaccine has been found.
While fans are curious as to when Eurovision 2021 will be held, if the stage design and logo will be reused and who will host the show, at this stage it is too early for the EBU and Dutch host broadcasters to have decided these details.
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