With only a few months to go, preparations for Eurovision 2021 are in full swing. Although the show has had to change slightly because of local coronavirus measures in the Netherlands, Eurovision 2021 Executive Producer Sietse Bakker thinks that the contest is going to be even better than what Eurovision 2020 was going to be.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Sietse said that plans for the show have improved despite all that is happening.
“If you can sit on something for another year, it is logically going to be better. Next to that, you start to doubt things that have been finalised already. That is all part of an interesting creative process, which only gets better.”
Starting up again was naturally a little bit tricky for the Dutch Eurovision team. After all, the city of Rotterdam and all the other stakeholders involved in the show had to be willing to invest another year in it. Sietse acknowledged that it was a hectic period, but noted that there was a feeling of togetherness.
“There’s immediately a feeling of ‘we won’t let this fall out of our hands forty years after we last organised it.'”
Sietse Bakker on Eurovision 2021 show changes
He goes on to say that producers have changed several elements of the show.
“We were modestly proud of what we already had on the table, but you start looking at what you can carry over [to next year]. After all, it hasn’t seen the light.
We live in a different world and everything around us is different. You have to reckon with that. A hundred dancers on stage? That’s impossible now. [The postcards] don’t fit the situation. Apart from the challenges of having to get the artist here.”
Earlier, Sietse spoke to NU.nl about the four scenarios and the prerecorded performances the EBU is requiring of all acts this year. He hopes the prerecorded performances will eventually become available to the public regardless of which scenario organisers decide upon. He said:
“We are in talks with the EBU to see whether there would be another possibility to show the tapes to the public. It would be a pity if they were to disappear into a filing cabinet in Geneva.”
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