The event will definitely take place on 18, 20, and 22 May. With just over 3 months to go, the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 have agreed a realistic approach in the final phase of preparations.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, 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...
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."
The 3 scenarios being planned for are:
Scenario B: Socially distanced Eurovision Song Contest
Everyone attending the Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena would need to practice social distancing. Those who can travel to Rotterdam will perform their songs live on stage. There would be 9 shows (6 dress rehearsals, 2 Semi-Finals and a Grand Final), either with no audience or a reduced audience to allow for social distancing. The final capacity would be dependent on local government guidelines.
Scenario C: A travel restricted Eurovision Song Contest
A Eurovision Song Contest, from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena but no delegations or artists will travel to Rotterdam. The performances of ALL the participants will be “live-on-tape”.
Strict health and safety measures (including frequent COVID testing) would be in place at the venue.
Scenario D: a lockdown Eurovision Song Contest
A Eurovision Song Contest without an audience and virtual activities will be considered to explore the host city of Rotterdam. The performances of all the participants will be “live-on-tape”.