As the closing credits rolled on Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, the EBU broke some much-needed positive news. Eurovision will return in 2021. Furthermore, it will once again be set to take place in Rotterdam under the “Open Up” slogan.
Eurovision to return in 202
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are excited to have reached an agreement to stage the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam at the Ahoy Arena. The Dutch city was due to host the Contest this month before the event was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Österdahl, the new Executive Supervisor, says:
We are extremely happy that we can now move forward. It’s vitally important that the Eurovision Song Contest returns next year, and we’re pleased to have the necessary commitment from our Members in the Netherlands to bring this much-loved show back to audiences across the world.
I firmly believe that all of us involved in the Eurovision Song Contest will stand united through challenges and change to bring the Contest back stronger than ever, ensuring its longevity for decades to come.
Eurovision 2021 – Uncertainties
As with so many aspects of life at the moment, there remains many uncertainties surrounding the next year’s contest.
The EBU admits that:
Developments surrounding COVID-19 will clearly affect planning in the coming year for a complicated global broadcast with many international stakeholders. In this ever-changing and challenging environment, the EBU will, therefore, work with its Dutch Members and the City of Rotterdam to ensure the continuity of the event in a number of different scenarios.
Shula Rijxman — the NPO Chairperson — says:
Now more than ever it is important that we, as a public broadcaster, are committed to continuing this European tradition and are organizing a great event that people can look forward to during these difficult times. We will do everything in our power to arrange a very special Contest.
Sietse Bakker — the event’s Executive Producer — adds:
Our team is proud and excited to look forward with renewed energy to organize a fantastic Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. Yes, with a sense of realism that fits with the times we live in, but also with ambition and creativity. We are looking forward to working with the entire Eurovision family to make it happen.
More details are set to be released in due course.