Back in September, the EBU revealed the four scenarios, which reflect different ways the Covid-19 pandemic could affect holding the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. And we’ll soon know which scenario will be used for Eurovision 2021. Executive Producer Sietse Bakker has confirmed that the scenario for Rotterdam will be decided “in four to five weeks”.
Sietse Bakker made the update with a tweet, linking to a newspaper article on Dutch live events planned for 2021. He wrote, “The scenarios are ready, we will start making decisions in 4 to 5 weeks.”
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) January 2, 2021
The current Dutch lockdown
The Netherlands is currently in the middle of a lockdown, described by the Dutch government as “its strictest lockdown yet”. The restrictions require people to work from home, if possible, keep 1.5 metres apart from others, avoid busy places and to wear a facemask when out in public.
As well, most events are currently banned in the Netherlands and singing and shouting in groups is not allowed.
These restrictions are in place until at least 19 January, though there is the possibility that they may be extended beyond that time. Such continued lockdown restrictions could affect which Eurovision scenario ends up being used.
The four Eurovision scenarios
In September 2020, the EBU and the Dutch producers revealed the four potential scenarios for Eurovision 2021.
Scenario A is a normal Eurovision Song Contest, with a packed audience of fans and delegations, activities around Rotterdam including the Eurovillage and Euroclub. However, with widespread uptake of the Covid vaccine being a long way off, this scenario seems very unlikely for 2021.
Scenario B is a socially distant Eurovision. It would still involve a live audience, but with a smaller and social distanced audience. There would also be limits on the size of delegations and on media numbers.
Scenario C is Eurovision with travel restrictions. This scenario is similar to Scenario B, but also includes delegations that are unable to travel to Rotterdam. Such acts would record their performance in their own country, which would be incorporated into the show.
Scenario D is Eurovision in lockdown. The show would still go ahead, but with no live audience. All delegations would participate via a pre-recorded performance that will be presented from the show at Ahoy Arena. This is very like the scenario used for Junior Eurovision 2020.
Regardless of which scenario is used, all delegations will record a “live-to-tape” performance of their entry that will ensure the show can go on even if last-minute changes are needed.
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