Covid 19 Pandemic has forced EBU to re-arrange all normal plans for Eurovision, and till today the presence of live audience during the event was not guaranteed.
After a long debate, EBU has responded to the announcement that, if circumstances allow, audiences will be permitted to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, stated: “We welcome this decision by the Dutch government and the possibility that we can invite fans to join us as we bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in May. We will consider the options now available and announce more details in the coming weeks on how we can safely admit audiences to the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam should the situation allow. The health and safety of all those attending the event remains our top priority.”
The EBU also added, “as previously announced, all delegations, artists and production crew will be following a strict protocol and would not come in contact with potential members of the audience under any circumstances.”
The organisation of the event goes on and all needed measures and precautions are being taken. For example, last week all delegations filmed their “Live on Tape” performance to be aired in case any of the members of a delegations testes positive to Covid-19.
EBU stated that in case of impossibility for a delegation to be live on the stage in Rotterdam, “The recording will take place in real time (as it would be at the Contest) without making any edits to the vocals or any part of the performance itself after the recording.” This, of course, will allow the participants to continue in the competition no matter covid.