In 2020, The EBU and the Dutch broadcasters published 4 possible scenarios in order to make Eurovision 2021 happen. The original plan included the following 4 scenarios:
Unsurprisingly, we can already tell that scenario A was ruled out due to the Covid-19 situation.
The 3 others scenarios have been updated in the following way:
#1. Social Distancing will be kept between every who will attend Rotterdam (audience, delegations, artists, journalists and workers)
#2. Strict health and safety measures will be defined
#3. People will have to hold a frequent Covid-19 negative testing.
#4. Delegations who won’t be able to travel to Rotterdam, will perform “live-on-tape” with a recorded performance being used.
#5. The local government will define the allowed capacity in the 9 shows (family rehearsals, jury rehearsals, live show for each of : semi-final 1, semi-final 2, grand final)
#6. Special activities in the city of Rotterdam will be allowed if and only if Social Distancing will be kept.
#1. The delegations and artists won’t travel to Rotterdam. However, the show will be held in Rotterdam. The hosts and interval act will be presence in Ahoy Rotterdam.
#2. The performances of all the participants will be “live-on-tape”.
#3. .Strict health and safety measures will be defined.
#4. The local government will define the allowed capacity in the 9 shows (family rehearsals, jury rehearsals, live show for each of : semi-final 1, semi-final 2, grand final).
#5. There will be reduced activities in the city of Rotterdam held in a safe and responsible way.
#1. The Eurovision Contest will be held without any live audience, as well as rehearsals shows.
#2. Rotterdam will be the central issue of the show, but will be presented virtually.
#3. The delegations and artists won’t travel to Rotterdam.
#4. The performances of all the participants will be “live-on-tape”.
The EBU and Dutch broadcasters will try to focus on scenario B, but the 2 other scenarios can be fulfilled as well if needed. The final decision will be made in the middle of April and of course, will have influences on ticket holders.
Is anything certain?
The answer is yes! The existence of Eurovision 2021 is guaranteed! The contest will be held at Rotterdam on the 18,20,22 of May 2021
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest reacts:
“The Eurovision Song Contest will definitely make its welcome return this May despite the pandemic but, in the prevailing circumstances, it is regrettably impossible to hold the event in the way we are used to. We’re grateful for the renewed commitment and backing from the City of Rotterdam and the ongoing support of all the participating broadcasters. We very much hope to be able to gather in Rotterdam in May and will do all we can in the coming weeks to achieve this. With an ever-changing situation we are taking our time to ensure that we can host the Eurovision Song Contest in the best and safest way possible” .
We can also read Sietse Bakker recation:
You can find all the relevant information at our Eurovision 2021 homepage: