Eurovision is getting closer — and with it the filming of live-on-tape back-up performances in case the contest — or any of its artists — is put on lockdown. A total of five countries have filmed or will film their back-up performances in Sofia this week, as Bulgaria’s Eurovision team shared in a press release.
“Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Moldova are among the delegations that selected the Bulgarian capital for their Eurovision back-up recordings. This year, in order to guarantee that the Eurovision Song Contest will take place under all possible circumstances, all delegations must record a back-up performance in case any unforeseen circumstances prevents their participation in Rotterdam to occur.”
“A special studio in Sofia was selected to be the venue of the live on tape recordings of VICTORIA from Bulgaria, Elena Tsagrinou from Cyprus, Stefania from Greece, Destiny from Malta and Natalia Gordienko from Moldova. Just like in the usual Eurovision set up, the delegations have the opportunity first to rehearse their entries. After that they will do their live performances under the supervision of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).”
In an Instagram post, shared on Sunday evening, Stefania described it as “an amazing experience” and shared major love for her team, including a group of male dancers.
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VICTORIA, who will perform “Growing Up is Getting Old“ in Rotterdam, was happy to meet her fellow artists.
“It was a tough year for all of us being unable to work together, so I am extremely happy to be able to meet other talented performers on the Bulgarian soil. I am sure that we are going to have great time together here in Sofia.”
Genoveva Christova, the co-producer of Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 project, said:
“Eurovision is all about giving opportunities for creative projects and exchange of knowledge. Bulgaria is already an important hub for cinematic and musical projects, among others. Now we are committed to become better in the production of live television programs, and hosting such projects is part of the journey to make Bulgaria important destination for large-scale live television events. We are grateful to our partners from Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio and Marvin Dietmann’s amazing team for working together to make this possible and of course, to the delegations of Malta, Cyprus, Moldova and Greece for trusting in us.”
Malta’s Destiny — who famously won Junior Eurovision in Bulgaria — clearly hopes to see the sights when she isn’t rehearsing. In an Instagram post on Sunday, she wrote:
“Hello guys and girls! Just arrived in #Sofia in #Bulgaria! It’s not my first time here but would really love to see some beautiful places! Any ideas on where I should go?”
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