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 There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.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

Denmark: DMGP 2021 final on 6th of March | The winner will sing with live backing vocals at Eurovision!

Another country that had not announced the details of its national final, did so a while ago. Danish Public Broadcaster will host DMGP 2021 on March 6, at a television studio in Copenhagen, with 8 finalists. Unlike what happens in the national finals of most countries, both the contestants in DMGP 2021 and the representative of Denmark on the stage of Eurovision afterwards, will compete with live backing vocals.

The submission of entries for DMGP 2021 has started and the deadline will last until November 20. Foreign creators are allowed as long as the performer is Danish or has a close relationship with the country (permanent resident, active discography, etc.). 8 songs will compete in the final of DMGP 2021. The main difference between DMGP and the rest of the national finals in Europe is that the contestants must have live backing vocals. In fact, the winner of the national final, who will then represent Denmark in Eurovision 2021, will not make use of the regulation that allows for the next Eurovision Song Contest the pre-recorded vocals, since they will be live on the stage of Ahoy.

We remind you that this year’s DMGP winners, Ben & Tan, have already stated in the spring that they will not reclaim Denmark’s representation at Eurovision 2021.

Source: DR

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

Denmark: The detailed results of the DMGP 2020

For another year, Denmark has chosen to participate in the Eurovision contest through the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP).

Compared to the previous year, this year radio semifinals were held, which also defined half of the finalists. Another difference is that in the super final the public exclusively decided the big winner of the institution and the representative of the country in the ESC. But the most significant change over the years was that the music at the DMGP 2020 final was accompanied by a live orchestra, namely Antonelli Orchestra, Denmark’s most famous live orchestra! It also needs to be mentioned the fact that spectators were not arriving at the Royal Arena where the night of the coronation was held.

The big winners of the DMGP 2020 were Ben & Tan with the song “Yes”. In fact, in the second round of voting, in the super final, the duo garnered more than 60%! Surprisingly, the other big favorite of the night is Jasmin Rose ft. Roxorloops limited to 8th place!

Analytically:
In the first phase of the vote the result was judged by 50% by a committee and by 50% by the television audience.

FINAL – 7 MARCH 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG COMPOSER(S) PLACE RESULT
1 Isam B “Bølger” Babak Vakili, Isam Bachiri, Morten Woods 9 Eliminated
2 Ben & Tan “Yes” Emil Lei, Jimmy Jansson, Linnea Deb 1 Superfinalist
3 Maja & De Sarte Sjæle “Den eneste goth i Vejle” Timo Mastrup-Andersen 4 Eliminated
4 Benjamin Kissi “Faith” Benjamin Kissi, Frederik Tao Nordsøe Schjoldan, Gisli Gislason 7 Eliminated
5 Emil “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” Esben Svane, Emil Vestergaard Klausen, Gavyn Bailey, Tim Schou 2 Superfinalist
6 Sys Bjerre “Honestly” Lasse Lyngbo, Sys Bjerre 6 Eliminated
7 Jamie Talbot “Bye Bye Heaven” Tom Oehler, Hampus Eurenius, Aron Blom 10 Eliminated
8 Sander Sanchez “Screens” Jonas Thander, Liam Craig, Christopher Wortley 3 Superfinalist
9 Kenny Duerlund “Forget It All” Henrik Tala, Mila Falls, Patrick Jean, Kenny Duerlund 5 Eliminated
10 Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops “Human” Erik Smaaland, Gavin Jones, Grace Risch, Lise Cabble 8 Eliminated

All three super finalists had been added to this year’s DMGP line-up through the radio semifinals, which makes us believe that these semifinals will be almost certain over time.

In the second round of voting only the public could vote.

SUPERFINAL – 7 MARCH 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE PLACE
1 Ben & Tan “Yes” 61% 1
2 Emil “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” 19% 3
3 Sander Sanchez “Screens” 20% 2

Denmark: With BEN & TAN and “Yes” at Eurovision 2020

For the first time without the audience due to crowning, the DMGP 2020  was completed shortly. The big winners are Ben & Tan with the song “Yes”, and will therefore represent Denmark at Eurovision 2020 in May in Rotterdam.

Hella Joof and Rasmus Bjerg were the presenters at the DMGP 2020, which was being held at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

The most significant change, however, compared to previous years is that the music for the songs at the DMGP 2020 final was accompanied by a live orchestra, namely Antonelli Orchestra, perhaps the most famous live orchestra in Denmark! The last time a live band was used in a Danish national final was in the distant 1999.

Tonight’s guests were Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest, winner at Eurovision 2013 and last year’s Danish representative in the competition, Leonora.

The contestants:

  1. Isam B – Bølger 
  2. BEN & TAN  Yes
  3. Maja og de sarte sjæle – Den eneste goth i Vejle
  4. Benjamin Kissi – Faith
  5. Emil – Ville Ønske Jeg Havde Kendt Dig
  6. Sys Bjerre – Honestly 
  7. Jamie Talbot – Bye Bye Heaven
  8. Sander Sanchez – SCREENS   
  9. Kenny Duerlund – Forget it All 
  10. Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops   – Human

Results

The DMGP 2020 winner emerged after two rounds of duels. In the first round out of 10 candidates only 3 won the ticket to the Super Final. The vote was conducted via sms and application. In the application, each song can be voted on only once in both rounds of voting.

The three qualifiers in the Super Final were:

-Emil – Ville sknske jeg havde kendt dig
-Ben & Tan – Yes
-Sander Sanchez – Screens

After the second round of voting a big winner of DMGP 2020 was announced Ben & Tan Jasmin with the song “Yes”

https://youtu.be/bO1AEc4itss.

Denmark: Watch tonight the Final of the DMGP 2020

Tonight the big final of the DMGP 2020, Denmark’s national final for Eurovision 2020, will take place.

Of the 10 participants this year, five emerged through the DMGP 2020 radio semifinals (three through a television audience vote and two after a special panel was selected), with the other five selected by DR to compete directly in the Final.

The 10 contestants competing for the Rotterdam ticket will appear in the following order:

  1. Isam B – Bølger 
  2. BEN & TAN  Yes
  3. Maja og de sarte sjæle – Den eneste goth i Vejle
  4. Benjamin Kissi – Faith
  5. Emil – Ville Ønske Jeg Havde Kendt Dig
  6. Sys Bjerre – Honestly 
  7. Jamie Talbot – Bye Bye Heaven
  8. Sander Sanchez – SCREENS   
  9. Kenny Duerlund Forget it All 
  10. Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops   – Human

Hella Joof and Rasmus Bjerg will be presenters at the DMGP 2020, which will be held at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

The most important change, however, compared to previous years is that the music of the songs at the DMGP 2020 final will be accompanied by a live orchestra, namely Antonelli Orchestra, Denmark’s most famous live orchestra! The last time a live band was used in the Danish national final was in the distant 1999.

The winner of the DMGP 2020 will emerge after two rounds of duels. In the first round, only 3 of the 10 candidates will win the ticket to the Super Final, with one of them being the winner and representative of the country in the Netherlands. The vote will take place via sms and application. In the application, each song can be voted on only once in both rounds of voting.

Yesterday it was decided to stage a spectator-free show at the Royal Arena, as a preventive measure for the coronavirus. Read more HERE.

You can watch the grand final of the DMGP 2020 at 20:00 CET time time HERE.

Bets just before the final of the DMGP 2020

The winner’s betting situation is not clear, as we have two entries that stand out from the rest and are very close to each other.

At the top of the short-head betting table is Ben & Tan’s Yes, with Jasmin Rose ft. Second at the bottom. RoxorLoops and their song, “Human”. The rest of the contestants are much lower and hardly anyone will be surprised.

Denmark: Royal Arena without spectators for DMGP 2020 | Preventive measure for coronavirus

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen‘s decision to ban all concentrations of more than 1,000 people in the country by the end of March also affected the DMGP 2020, which will take place tomorrow (7/3) at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

For the first time in its history, the DMGP 2020 will be held without an audience. Most of the 10,000 spectators who bought a ticket to the Danish National Finals will now have to watch it from their home.

Members of the local Eurovision Fan Club feel the same frustration that they will not be able to live up to their country’s choice to participate in Eurovision 2020.

Source: DR