A few weeks have passed since we all enjoyed the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in the Netherlands. While the focus was undoubtedly on the songs and the performances, the show had other key markers and highlights — from the intervals to the iconic voting segments.
Another small but important part of the show every year is the series of little videos played right before each performance. The official Eurovision channel uploaded these so-called postcards a couple of days ago. And now it’s time for you to vote for your favourite postcard of Eurovision 2021!
Postcards introduce the artist to the viewers at home and offer small insights into the artists’ personality and life. At the same time, they give the stage crew enough time to put stage props into place, as you can see in our video below. Whether it’s blowing up a colossal inflatable moon or rolling in a green-screen staircase, a lot happens during the postcards. And, of course, the postcards also let the host country show off their scenic delights, which was an easy task for a country like the Netherlands.
The Eurovision 2021 production team came up with a unique concept. Due to the ongoing pandemic, artists were not able to travel to the Netherlands to shoot their postcards (as is usually done in the run-up to the contest). Instead, two tiny houses traveled all over the country, visiting some of the most iconic and beautiful locations. Apart from the stunning shots, these houses also included furniture and other items that carry a special meaning for each artist. To end each postcard, the artists were beamed into the tiny houses as if they were present at the alluring location.
Eurovision 2021 Head of Show Gerben Bakker explained the concept in more detail:
“The house is a central theme, precisely because our living rooms have never been more important than this year. And at the same time, we open up our home to the rest of the world. And for these tiny houses, we are looking for unique locations in the Netherlands; the most beautiful and special places in our country that we can portray spectacularly.”
In case you missed any of them — or simply want to relive the magic — you can find all 39 postcards in the playlist below. It starts with Cyprus.
Eurovision 2019: All postcards playlist
Every one of these postcards is special in its own way. For instance, we see Daði og Gagnamagnið’s signature dance performed inside a skate park in Amsterdam and Spain’s Blas Cantó enjoying time with his dogs Leo and Tirma in the sand of Doornspijk. Some artists chose to show their sporty side — as with Tornike Kipiani boxing and Uku Suviste on the racetrack at Zandvoort. Still others dove into their everyday life — as with Jeangu Macrooy drawing next to the lighthouse of Ouddorp and James Newman frying two eggs on an island near Gasselte.
So what were your favourite postcards of Eurovision 2021? Which one showcased the most beautiful location to you? Which artist impressed you the most in their tiny house? And which postcard had the best overall effect? It’s up to you to decide how to vote…but please do vote. Your voice matters!
Please also share your thoughts about the postcards in the comments section below. How do you like the postcard concept compared to those from previous editions? And what ideas do you have for the future?