Although Eurovision will definitely be going ahead in 2021, it will be very different to what fans usually know. It is still currently undecided whether an audience will be permitted to attend the event, and the amount of on-the-ground press coverage will be drastically reduced. But the team organising Eurovision 2021 are determined to give fans as much content as possible and have now revealed two new online shows that will take place in May, both hosted by Finland’s Eurovision 2013 representative Krista Siegfrids.
Krista Calling: Head behind the scenes of Eurovision 2021
One show, titled Krista Calling, will take fans behind the scenes of everything going on in the run-up to this year’s contest. The Finnish star will be talking to all of this year’s artists on the red carpet and taking a look around the Rotterdam Ahoy arena as it gets ready to host Eurovision 2021.
In a video message on social media, Krista couldn’t hold back her excitement to be involved with this year’s contest:
“Hello Eurovision lovers! Krsita Siegfrids in the house! I’m so happy and excited to tell you that I will be working for the Eurovision Song Contest this year! And this means that you get to join me backstage to meet all the fabulous artists! And I will provide you with amazing behind the scenes material. Everything you want, I got it! So see you in May! Ciao!”
Each episode of Krista Calling will be broadcast on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
Ding-dong, this is "Krista Calling"! ?
We've got 2 brand new online shows coming to you in May!
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 29, 2021
Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-On-Tape
The second online show is Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-On-Tape. This will take place on Saturday 29 May – a week after the Eurovision 2021 grand final. It will showcase all the live-on-tape performances that each of this year’s participants have been recording ahead of the main show in case they are unable to travel to Rotterdam due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Fans will get to see all 39 live-on-tape recordings in full (get ready for a marathon of a show!). Each country’s delegation has also submitted behind the scenes footage from the recordings, which will also be incorporated into the show.
Last year, Eurovision Song Celebration was used as a replacement for the live semi-finals. Instead, two shows were broadcast on YouTube where each of the 41 Eurovision 2020 music videos were shown.
Krista Siegrids will also present Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-On-Tape and guide viewers through the show.
Krista first entered the Eurovision bubble in 2013, when she represented Finland with the song “Marry Me”. In the eight years since, the star has never really left the fan community and has been a frequent attendee of the various Eurovision pre-parties.
The star also hosted Finland’s national final, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, between 2016 and 2020. At the same time, she competed in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen in 2016 and 2017. Krista is a true Eurovision fan and no doubt her passion for the contest will shine through in both Krista Calling and Eurovision Song Celebration.
Krista currently lives in Amsterdam with her boyfriend and new baby daughter Lizzy who was born in November 2020. Thus, she will not have to travel internationally in order to host the backstage show in May.
Are you excited for Krista Calling and Eurovision Song Celebration? What backstage info are you hoping to find out? And whose live-on-tape recording are you most looking forward to seeing? Sound off in the comments below!