THE NETHERLANDS – Augmented reality will play an important role during Eurovision Song Contest. The viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest can prepare for new technical highlights. For the first time, augmented reality will be used on a large scale during the broadcast, stage designer Florian Wieder explained in a conversation with ANP.
“In the Netherlands, technology is very advanced for this and I always wanted to do something with it,” says the German. “What you see with your own eyes here in the room is one, but after that, there is another layer over it. With augmented reality, we will soon be able to create extra illusions that you can only see on TV. So you can actually see the Eurovision song contest best on TV ”.
According to Wieder, who is already responsible for the design of the Eurovision stage for the seventh time, it will be spectacular.
“We also applied it during the last edition in Tel Aviv, but very small. Now it is really getting much bigger and more important.”
Wieder has not changed anything in the design of the stage after last year’s cancellation. The set was already completely finished.
“That was good the way it was so that didn’t have to change.”
Despite the fixed elements that belong to the Eurovision Song Contest, director Marnix Kaart will try to put his own stamp on the broadcasts as much as possible.
“I think we can do that and we will do that during the performances of Davina Michelle and Duncan Laurence. We are all going to create separate worlds in Ahoy. We have complete freedom there.”
Kaart cannot yet say what the supreme moment in the show is.
“There will be several moments of which I hope the viewer will think: oh wow, that looks really cool.”
The big work will start next week for Kaart and his team.
“The first rehearsals start on Monday and then it will be 21, 22 days of buffeting. Especially in the finals week.”
We’ll have AR! Just not for the participants. The challenge with AR is that if you do it right, it takes a lot of time. If you want to be fair, you should offer it to *all* participants, for which there simply is not enough time. Some day, sooner or later… 😎
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) April 3, 2021