Ukraine will not be required to film a live-on-tape performance for Eurovision 2022. That’s according to Claudio Fasulo, the Deputy Director of Rai 1.
Speaking during a FIMI event in Italy, and as reported by our friends at EuroFestival News, he said:
“Given the conditions we have waived the rule that the live-on-tape must be made with certain characteristics: ultimately we would use the video of their [national selection performance from Vidbir].”
As you’ll remember from last year, the EBU introduced a requirement for participants to film live-on-tape performances. These are used in case the show can’t go on for any reason or if a particular act contracts Covid-19.
Last year, Australia’s Montaigne had to compete with her live-on-tape recording after Australian broadcaster SBS decided it was best to avoid international travel.
The performances are meant to mirror a real-world Eurovision performance. As part of this, the artists must record their performances live and they can only perform it three times over the course of an hour. They then get the chance to choose which take to use.
Ukraine’s broadcaster had planned for Kalush Orchestra to film a live-on-tape performance in the western city of Lviv, which had, until recently, not endured strikes from Russian forces.
However, the war is now moving ever closer to the city. In recent days there have been a barrage of missile attacks near Lviv. This has intensified fears that western Ukraine is no longer the safe haven it was a few weeks ago.
As we reported previously, the Ukrainian delegation is doing all it can do get to Torino. Fasulo has echoed his hope that Kalush Orchestra will appear on the stage in Italy. He said:
“We await all of the Ukrainian delegation and artists with open arms, hoping that at that moment, in the month of May, peace is not just a concept, but something that has blossomed.”