Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more

Belgium: Luka Gruysberghs left The Hooverphonic. Geike Arnaert returns!!

Unexpected breaking news received a few moments ago.  The Hooverphonic replaced their current lead singer Luka Gruysberghs with their former one Geike Arnaert, with whom they achieved most of their success.

The Hooverphonic in the simple press release they issued a while ago express their grief for the replacement of Luka, but also their enthusiasm for the return of Geike, with whom they have preserved excellent relations,  through all these years since she left the band.

We met. We started talking. All three of us were willing to work together again, so we felt we had to do it. She is still the core of Hooverphonic.

The seed was planted a long time ago. Geike called me for something practical. The conversation was very pleasant. I told her we were preparing for the 20th anniversary of “The Magnificent Tree” and it suddenly turned out that we were looking forward to working together again. The split in 2008 was certainly not hostile, as many have said and written.

Alex Callier 

 

Geike Arnaert, who works solo since 2008, is very excited for her coming back and says:

We wanted to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the album together. It’s a weird feeling. I return to this with great pleasure. I do not know how the fans will react. But it looks very good to me. I will fit my own story in the songs again.

Geike Arnaert

 

For the forced leaving of Luka, Alex Callier, the leader of the band, states that it is a bittersweet decision, but she will remain the composer, if she wants to.

Of course it’s a little bittersweet for Luka. She is an excellent singer, no doubt on that. We had three wonderful years with her. But our collaboration ends here. We have traveled all over Europe and the United States and had many unforgettable moments together. We continue to support her with all of our heart. She will release a solo single from Universal and if Luka wants, of course I will continue to accompany her.

Alex Callier

 

The Hooverphonic with Geike Arnaert as lead singer released probably their biggest success, Mad About You .

Given the aforementioned developments it is self-evident that Geike will also be on the stage of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Belgium.

Source: hln.be

 

 

 

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Belgium: Hooverphonic’s song for Eurovision 2021 is “already ready”!

Hooverphonic, who will represent Belgium in the Eurovision 2021 song contest, said in a recent interview that their song is already ready!

Alex Callier, head of the band, said in an interview to Dag Allemaal that during the summer and due to quarantine, they had the opportunity to write many new songs. Among them is the song with which they will represent Belgium in the next competition.

Despite the  summer, we made good use of our time. I think I already have material for three new albums… The song that Hooverphonic will perform on the stage of Ahoy Arena is already ready!

Hooverphonic would represent Belgium in Eurovision 2020 with the song, Release Me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAqjksxc4iA

Belgium: Hooverphonic – “We are looking forward to 2021”

Hooverphonic will take part in Eurovision 2021 Song Contest for Belgium! VRT, RTBF and the band agreed to this. Recall that the contest would normally take place in May, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 virus crisis. However, the band will have to look for a new song.
The news that the Eurovision Song Contest will be postponed for a year has emerged on Wednesday. The 65th edition of the contest was scheduled to take place in Rotterdam from 12 to 16 May 2020, but was canceled due to the risk of transmission of the virus. The intention is that Rotterdam will remain the venue for next year, but that is not certain yet.

The VRT and RTBF, which alternately select the candidate, agreed that Hooverphonic will have the opportunity to represent Belgium and 2021, with a new song as requested by all participating countries.

Olivier Goris, Een’s CEO says:

“The cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest was a blow to everyone, but also an understandable and right decision. It highlights the great and difficult times we are experiencing and we are very grateful to our colleagues at RTBF for their willingness to maintain VRT involvement in 2021”

While the band on its part stated:

“It’s nice to have such a quick confirmation that we can go to Eurovision next year. We are still looking forward to doing so. We will now take the time to see how we can prepare for May next year.”

Hooverphonic for 2020, with “Release Me”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAqjksxc4iA

Belgium: Hooverphonic want to join Eurovision 2021, but with another song

Hooverphonic say they are ready to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2021 after failing to do so this year due to the pandemic and cancellation of the contest. In fact, Alex Callier wants to do this with a different song, since “Release Me”, by May 2021, will sound old.

So far there has been no announcement from either Flemish Public Television or French-speaking about what is likely to be born with Belgium’s next competition.

We remind you that Belgium represents Flanders on a rotating basis, one year on Flemish television, and one on French public television. This year, it was Flanders’ year. So in order for Hooverphonic to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2021, French-speaking television should be chosen.

Listen to “Release Me”, Belgium’s entry this year, below:

Source: songfestival

Belgium: Hooverphonic to Thessaloniki,Greece for a unique night

Hooverphonic, the band that will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2020, are returning to Thessaloniki after many years for a unique night full of successes loved by the Greek public on Friday 13 December at Fix Factory Of Sound.

The Belgian band has had a special place in our hearts ever since it first appeared on European music, with more recent proof of their excellent appearance at Release Athens festival last June.

Responsible for some of the most wonderful tunes we’ve heard in the last 25 years, Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts have managed to combine elements of alternative rock, electro-pop, trip-hop, dream-pop with a romantic cinema aesthetics.

At the same time, their big gun is a young singer, 18-year-old Luka Cruysberghs. With tremendous vocal abilities, she managed to color their sound instantly, ideally rendering both new and old band material, which we saw in the summer.

Who are the Hooverphonic?

Hooverphonic is a Belgian band formed in October 1995. The band was originally called Hoover, but later changed its name to Hooverphonic after discovering that other bands were already using the Hoover name.

On October 10, 2008, Geike Arnaert, the band’s lead singer, announced that she would leave the band by the end of the year to pursue her solo career. Hooverphonic’s last concert with Geike took place on December 13, 2008 at Tele-Club in Russia.

On October 29, 2010, Hooverphonic announced the release of their new single, as well as their new lead singer, Noemie Wolfs. On March 26, 2015, Hooverphonic announced that Noémie Wolfs would leave the band “by mutual agreement”. In April 2018, Hooverphonic introduced their new singer, Luka Cruysberghs.

Source: viva.gr