How the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to look

Virgin Radio

4 Feb 2021, 15:33

Fret not. The Eurovision Song Contest will make a return for 2021 - but it's going to look a bit different this year.

Sadly, organisers have pulled the plug on a full-blown live show this May but the good news is that they're being "determined but realistic".

With the world looking very strange at the moment, contestants have had to submit a "live-on-tape" performance ahead of the show.

If singers can't travel for whatever pandemic-based reason then at least their performance can be played - plus re-emerging 2020 contestants will have to perform a new song.

Last year's show was scrapped due to the pandemic, but the 2021 extravaganza is set to take place in Rotterdam following a win from the Netherlands in 2019.

Executive supervisor Martin Österdahl said: "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."

Eurovision has now announced that their planning for a "scenario A" which includes a full audience has been rejected.

Scenario B offers up a socially-distanced show, a minimal audience, singers performing in Rotterdam's Ahoy arena, frequent Covid testing plus strict health and safety measures.

Scenario C would mean that all performances are broadcast "live-on-tape" with presenters hosting from Rotterdam, with interval acts playing live, also with a downsized audience.

Scenario D would mean a virtual-only contest without an audience.

The hope is for scenario B with organisers busy "realistically keeping downscaling options on the table for the weeks to come".