Immediately after announcing that Eurovision will return in 2021, the EBU published an FAQ regarding the planned comeback contest. Here are its answers to some key questions, including where, when and how will Eurovision 2021 take place?
Note we will publish a separate post regarding ticketing issues for both 2020 and 2021.
Eurovision 2021: Key questions and answers
1. Where will Eurovision 2021 be held?
As announced at the end of Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, the EBU and the three Dutch broadcasters — NPO, NOS and AVROTROS — intend for Eurovision 2021 to go ahead in the Netherlands. Rotterdam will be the host city once again.
According to official sources, preparations are already underway for next year’s event to be staged in the Ahoy arena — the same venue that was due to house the 2020 contest.
2. When will Eurovision 2021 be held?
The EBU’s current line is that Eurovision will take place in “the spring of 2021”. This has raised some eyebrows, given that Eurovision has come to be traditionally associated with the month of May. In its early years, the contest hopped back and forth between March, April and May. However, in recent decades it has always been May. The last time this was not the case was in 1994 when the final took place on 30 April.
Organisers are reluctant to set a date as there are many events — both national and international — which will also be due to take place in the same period.
Dates are set to be announced “in the coming weeks”.
3. How will Eurovision 2021 take place?
We are living in uncertain times. And while the next contest won’t be for 12 months or so, there remain many questions as to how it can take place. What if restrictions remain in place? What if the pandemic hasn’t eased? Will it even be possible to hold Eurovision as we know it?
3.1 How will Covid-19 affect planning for Eurovision 2021?
Organisers stress that the health of participants, employees and visitors is paramount. Accordingly, the EBU and the Dutch broadcasters have committed to working closely with the Dutch health authorities. Together, they will map out the impact of coronavirus on the 2021 contest. Their intention is to “ensure the 2021 Contest can take place in circumstances that protect the health and safety of everyone attending the event”.
3.2 Is there an alternative plan for if Eurovision 2021 cannot go ahead in Rotterdam?
In answering this question, the EBU first expresses its regret at having to cancel Eurovision 2020. It goes on to highlight the “ever-changing and challenging environment” and the difficulties this poses in organising a global broadcast with many international stakeholders in a year’s time.
Despite these challenges, the EBU has committed to ensuring the continuity of Eurovision in a “number of different scenarios”. These scenarios have not been made public.
3.3 Could Eurovision 2021 take place without an audience?
Organisers say that “the current situation across Europe is likely to remain uncertain for the coming months and at this stage, we cannot comment on the final organization for the Eurovision Song Contest next year”.
4. Will the Eurovision 2020 plans be carried forward to 2021?
It would appear that most elements from Eurovision 2020 will be kept on for 2021.
The Rotterdam 2021 announcement was accompanied by the existing “open up” slogan. It would seem that the logo will also be retained — headers on the official Eurovision social media accounts have already been updated for 2021, complete with the 2020 branding.
The three show hosts — Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley are also set to return. Speaking to wiwibloggs before Eurovision: Shine A Light, Edsilia confirmed that they will be back for 2021. Online host NikkieTutorials also told wiwibloggs that she’ll be back next year.