If you feel post-Eurovision depression coming on, the EBU has something to keep it at bay for a little longer. This weekend the official Eurovision channel will present the Eurovision Song Celebration, with all 39 live-on-tape performances from the Eurovision 2021 competing acts.
The EBU will present two shows, streamed on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. This Friday, 28 May at 21:00 CET will feature the 13 non-qualifying semi-finalists, while the 26 grand finalists will have their videos shown on Saturday 29 May at 21:oo CET.
The live-on-tape performances were recorded earlier in the year as a precaution in case it was not possible for an act to travel to Rotterdam.
Only one of the live-on-tape performances ended up being used. The Australian delegation was unable to travel to the Netherlands, so Montaigne competed via her live-on-tape performance. Iceland’s act Daði og Gagnamagnið also competed with a pre-recorded performance, but they were able to use their semi-final rehearsal footage.
Celebrating the live-on-tape performances
The shows will be presented by Finland’s Eurovision 2013 star Krista Siegfrids. As well as the live-to-tape performances, the shows will also include fan performances submitted during May.
The Eurovision Song Celebration debuted last year as an online replacement of the cancelled Eurovision 2020 semi-finals. The two shows featured all the competing entries of each semi-final, screened in the running order that would have been used if the contest had gone ahead. The show itself was non-competitive and there no voting was held.
The EBU has released a trailer for this year’s Eurovision Song Celebration, with previews of some performances. While many acts appear to have used a similar concept to what they took to Rotterdam, other acts seem to have gone in a slightly different direction. Fans are already excited by the short preview of Måneskin’s performance, showing the rock group wearing different costumes to their Rotterdam look.
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