THE NETHERLANDS – The EBU and the 2021 host broadcasters have publicly decided to ask all countries to record their performances by March 26, 2021 before the contest to ensure the event will take place. This show clear panic and desperation to have the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest no matter what even by degrading the quality, the suspense and the historic values of the contest.
All the participating broadcasters have been asked to record a live performance of their act in their own country. This recording will be delivered before the event and will take place in a studio setting. 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.
The Host Broadcaster’s creative concept for the live-on-tape backup recordings is OpenUp to variety. Rather than having a strict format, the Contest will fully embrace the artistic freedom, creativity, ambition and style of each of the 41 countries.
A set of production guidelines will ensure fairness and the integrity of the Song Contest. There will be no audience present at the live-on-tape performances. The recording should be unique and remain unpublished before the event in May.
Delegations are allowed to use similar technical possibilities and dimensions that would be available on-stage in Rotterdam but are also free to opt for a more down-scaled production setup. The live-on-tape recordings should not contain any augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, use of chromakey or green screen. (Source: EBU)
This is a desperate action by the organisers to have the contest no matter what. It also shows that what matters is to have a … TV product has done rather than focusing on what the fans and their needs for suspense, interaction and passion, as Eurovision was after all.
EBU says that the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest will guarantee the fairness of the contest with this live-on-tape thing. Yeah, right, we know how EBU works and hopefully, they have decided the 2021 winner already, as well. We won’t be surprised seeing the country named throughout the rumoured info (already circulating in many newsdesks), getting the trophy.
Before the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a coordinator from the Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio set up and camera plan. The Head of Delegation must be onsite during the 60-minute recording session of the permitted three takes and, either alone or together with someone who has the appropriate mandate, make the final decision on which take is selected. A live connection will be set up during the recording to allow the ESC Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and the Host Broadcaster to observe the recording session, to provide assistance and support, but also to ensure the integrity of the Contest.
No national final performances can be submitted but each country can record on the same set. The “live-on-tape” recordings have to be delivered by the end of March.
Hopefully, all or most artists will be able to travel to Rotterdam in May but having the live-on-tape recording ensures that their performance will be seen by millions of viewers come what may.