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 There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.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

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

Czech Republic: Listen to the final version of “Kemama”

Finally, the negative criticism of the new version of “Kemama” made him make some changes and today announce the final version of the song, as it will compete at Eurovision 2020.

Benny Cristo via social media had stated that he was taking the comments he received very seriously and that he and his team were examining what went wrong.

You can listen to the final version of Kemama below:

The Czech Republic: Benny Cristo is thinking of competing with the original version of Kemama and not with the revamp

Just yesterday (10/3) Benny Cristo, this year’s Czech representative at the contest, released the version he was going to compete in at Eurovision 2020. But the negative comments he received seemed to cast doubt on whether he should really compete with the revamp or keep the original version.

“I have to find out if it is really wrong or if the negative comments come from the adjustment an ear has to go through, which is used to the old version. to see if something went wrong”.

(Benny Cristo for the revamp of Kemam)

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B9lW17qnFz2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Listen to the older version:

Czech Republic: Listen to the final version of “Kemama” for Eurovision 2020

The final version of “Kemama”, the song by which Benny Cristo will represent the Czech Republic at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, was released recently.

Immediately following his victory in the country’s national final for Eurovision 2020, Benny Cristo had revealed he would revamp his participation. You can listen to it below:

https://youtu.be/94V_m1e0I_Q

Czech Republic: Candidate songs for Eurovision 2020 fell off

In a recent statement, Czech Public Television (ČT) announced once again changes to its selection for Eurovision 2020.

Specifically, the number of artists, for the online form of the competition that will bring the Czech representative to Rotterdam, has been reduced from eight to seven.

ČT has not announced the reason for the withdrawal of the eighth entry, but it is suspected that it is due to the fact that the live national final has been converted to an internet one, as in the last two years.

The dates for the Eurovision Song CZ 2020 online national final are:

-06.01.2020 Press conference and announcement of the eight finalists
-13.01.2020 Release songs and start voting
-26.01.2020 End of voting and announcement of winner within a week

In Tel Aviv the Czech Republic was represented by Lake Malawi with the song “A Friend Of A Friend”, which took the eleventh position with 157 points. It was the second best place in the Czech Republic after Mikolas Josef’s sixth place in 2018.

Czech Republic: Former Head of delegation,Jan Bors reveals the reasons of his resignation

The Czech Republic was one of the countries which were much discussed in the previous days. Initially the resignation of former Head of delegation Jan Bors and the replacement of the new one, Cyril Hirsch. Then, of course, the most important was the cancellation of the television national final they had announced and planned, by restoring the well-known online process that had taken place in the last two years. These events appear to be related to each otherr, as revealed in a Q&A on his Instagram profile by Jan Bors.

The cancellation of the national television finale, the reason for the resignation of Jan Frost Bors

One of the questions Jan Bors received was whether the cancellation of the national television final by the Czech public television was also the reason for his resignation from the post of Head of delegation in the competition.

Jan Bors responded that this was essentially the drop that overflowed the glass, implying that there were other friction points between the two sides, but essentially canceling a project that he had struggled with was also the reason he took the decision to resign.

Is budget cut the reason to cancel the national television final?

In another question, whether the reduced budget was the reason for the cancellation of the national television final, Jan Bors replied that this was not the reason. A number of other problems, which he did not name, were the reason because Czech Public Television preferred to reintroduce the well-known online procedure  for the third consecutive year in this way.

Will Jan Bors take over as executive supervisor?

What is widely rumored among fans is that Jan Bors resigned from the post of Head of delegation  to claim the position of Executive Supervisor at the EBU. Obviously he could not be asked in the light of the above, if his next business plans include the Eurovision Contest in general. Jan Bors does not exclude anything, leaving everything open, preserving the rumors they want him as one of Jon Ola Sand’s potential successors.

 

Czech Republic: National Final Canceled- Online competition for its next representative in Eurovision 2020

While what we knew so far that the Czech Republic would stage a national tv final on January 25, with eight songs competing for representation in Rotterdam, insurmountable obstacles seem to have forced the public broadcaster (ČT)  to cancel it and opt in for ESC 2020 online.

Through a Facebook announcement, ČT states:

“The national final will not be televised. Yes, so … after a few weeks and after a very difficult decision, the return to the national television final is postponed to next years (next, next year?) Due to many, many difficulties. We want to do something really different, and this year we thought it wouldn’t work the way we dreamed it would. We are returning to the online form of the competition as the previous two years. BUT … But don’t worry, we are doing our best to make the upcoming national finals online, so check out our online platforms for more information”

The dates for the ČT online national final for the Eurovision Song are:

-06.01.2020 Press conference and announcement of the eight finalists.
-13.01.2020 Release of songs and start voting.
-26.01.2020 End of voting and announcement of winner within a week.

In Tel Aviv the Czech Republic was represented by Lake Malawi with the song “A Friend Of A Friend”, which took the eleventh position with 157 points. It was the second best place in the Czech Republic after Mikolas Josef’s sixth place in 2018.