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 There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.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

Georgia: With Tornike Kipiani at Eurovision 2021

In a frank and straightforward announcement on Facebook, Georgia confirmed that Tornike Kipiani will represent the country at Eurovision 2021. The announcement of the Georgian broadcaster followed those of other countries that will compete next year with the same artist on the competition stage.

Tornike Kipiani was the winner of Georgian Idol and Georgia’s representative at Eurovision 2020.

Georgia: Listen to Tornike Kipiani’s “Take me as I am” for Eurovision 2020

As we all know, this year’s Eurovision Georgia representative came up through Georgian Idol and is about Tornike Kipiani,and a few days before the country’s national broadcaster had officially announced that the song it will travel to Rotterdam was entitled “Take me as I am” giving at the same time more information about it.

It’s a mix of classic rock, electronic and dubstep music.

Along with Tornike, there will be three people in vocals, Mariko Lezhava, Mariam Shengelia and Aleko Berdzenishvili. Emilia Sandquist, who has also worked with Melodifestivalen and is a member of the Jean Baptiste Group, will be the director of the performance.

Unlike the previous year where Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision 2020 contest only the artist was selected through the popular talent show, since the song has come up with an internal selection.

 

Georgia: Georgian Idol finalists selected- Tornike’s fifth live sequel

The semifinal of Georgian Idol, through which as it is known for the second consecutive year the representative of Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest will be selected was held on December 21st. Four contestants are left in the talent show, with Tornike Kipiani,the absolute favorite to win the first place for the fifth consecutive time!

The six contestants who continue on Georgian Idol after last week’s fourth Live, performed live once again in front of the television audience, voting for the candidate of their choice, by phone and facebook messenger.

The two contestants who got the lowest percentage of the vote were Davit Rusadze and Mariam Gogiberidze, with the first to leave.

At the sixth Georgian Idol Live Show, the candidates were asked to perform worldwide hits on a duet with participants of last year’s Georgian Idol. Below you can see their perfomances:

1.) Tornike Kipiani –  Breathe with Liza Kalandadze – 31.88%

2.) Barbara Samkharadze –  Juice with Grigol Kipshidze – 22.42%

3.) Tamar Kakalashvili –  Runaway Baby – 16.20%

4.) Mariam GogiberidzeShallow with Giorgi Nakashidze – 15.28%

5.) Davit Rusadze –  O (Fly On) with Giorgi Pruidze – 14.22%

Unlike this year when Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision Contest, for 2020 only the artist will be selected through the popular talent show, since the song will be followed by internal selection.

We remind you that the four jury members who oversaw the three-episode phase of the auditions and will guide the ten finalists in their lives are:

-Natia Todua, a singer who has made a significant career in Germany after her win at The Voice of Germany in 2016.
-Tinatin Berdzenishvili, GPB’s Deputy General Manager and Head of Delegation of Georgia to the Eurovision Contest.
-David Evgenidze, composer. He was the head of the jury for the country’s participation in Junior Eurovision 2019. He will oversee the selection of the song for Eurovision 2020.
-David Aladashvili, pianist.

This year, Oto Nemsadze won the Georgian Idol and with “Keep on Going” represented Georgia in Tel Aviv, taking 14th place in the first semifinal. As he said, shortly after the end of the contest, his song had a political message and was directed against Russia and its politics in his country.

Georgia: Tornike first again on Georgian Idol’s 5th Live Show

Just five candidates are left on the Georgian Idol on the way to its end. For another week, on the fourth overall, Tornike Kipiani is in the top spot and has become the big favorite to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020!

The six contestants who continued on Georgian Idol after last week’s fourth Live, performed live once again in front of the television audience, voting for the candidate of their choice, by phone and facebook messenger.

The two contestants who received the lowest percentage of the vote were Davit Rusadze and Mariam Shengelia, with the latter eventually withdrawing.

At the fourth Georgian Idol Live Show, the candidates were asked to perform well-known songs by Georgian classical composer Giya Kancheli. Below you can see their percentage:

1.) Torniki Kipiani – “He’s Here” – 29.09%

2.) Barbara Samkharadze – “The Magic Egg” – 17.75%

3.) Mariam Gogiberidze – “Melancholy” – 13.68%

4.) Tamar Kakalashvili – “Don’t Cry” – 13.64%

5.) Davit Rusadze – “Yellow Leaves” – 13.01%

6.) Mariam Shengelia – “King Lear” – 12.83%

Unlike this year when Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision Contest, for 2020 only the artist will be selected through the popular talent show, since the song will be followed by internal selection.

We remind you that the four jury members who oversaw the three-episode phase of the auditions and will guide the ten finalists in their lives are:

-Natia Todua, a singer who has made a significant career in Germany after her win at The Voice of Germany in 2016.
-Tinatin Berdzenishvili, GPB’s Deputy General Manager and Head of Delegation of Georgia to the Eurovision Contest.
-David Evgenidze, composer. He was the head of the jury for the country’s participation in Junior Eurovision 2019. He will oversee the selection of the song for Eurovision 2020.
-David Aladashvili, pianist.
This year, Oto Nemsadze won the Georgian Idol and with “Keep on Going” represented Georgia in Tel Aviv, taking 14th place in the first semifinal. As he said, shortly after the end of the contest, his song had a political message and was directed against Russia and its politics in his country.

Georgia: The results of the 4th Live Show

The 7th live show of The Georgian idol (or The star of Georgia) was aired tonight in Tbilisi  got for another time the Georgian audience’s interest. The interest for this talent show remains high as it is the national method for the country’s representative in Eurovision Song Contest. The 7 remaining contestants from the previous show were running the battle to remain attributing excellent performances for once again.

The 7 artists competing today in Tbilisi were the following:

-Barbara Samkharadze
-Anri Guchmanidze
-Kipiani Tornike
-Davit Rusadze
-Mariam Shengelia
-Mariam Gogiberidze
-Tamar Kakalashvili

The aforementioned candidates, after their performances, were judged by the four-member jury of the show, Tinatin Berdzenishvili, David Evgenidze, Natia Todua and David Aladashvili, and after the televoting the results came up as follows:

-Kipiani Tornike-24,05%
-Barbara Samkharadze-15,15%
-Mariam Gogiberidze-14,06%
-Tamar Kakalashvili-13,79%
-Mariam Shengelia-12,26%
-Davit Rusadze-10,79%
-Anri Guchmanidze-9,90%

So based on the above, the artist  who left today was Anri Guchmanidze as he had the lowest scoring percentage while  Tornike Kipiani was the big winner and the leader of score board once again.

Image result for Anri Guchmanidze

We remind you that unlike this year where Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision Contest, for 2020 only the artist will be selected through the popular talent show, since the song will be followed by internal selection.

Source: eurovoix

Georgia: Results of Georgian Idol’s third Live Show | Tornike Kipiani again first

We had another exclusion at “Georgian Idol”‘s third Live Show, where there are now seven contenders claiming victory and at the same time Georgia’s representation at Eurovision 2020. For the second consecutive week, Tornike Kipiani, who seem to be the favourite for victory, was on top.

The eight contestants who continue on Georgian Idol after last week’s Second Live, performed live once again in front of a television audience voting for the candidate they like, via telephone and facebook messenger.

The two contestants who got the lowest percentage of the vote were Nika Kalandadze and Mariam Gogiberidze, with the first finally leaving.

At the third Georgian Idol Live Show, the candidates were asked to perform well-known Georgian songs. Below you can watch their performances:

1.) Tornike Kipiani – “Artificial Love” – 21.17%

2.) Barbara Samkharadze – “Lale” – 14.75%

3.) Tamar Kakalashvili – “Once in the street” – 14.64%

4.) Anri Guchmanidze – “Will Come Out Tomorrow” – 10.01%

5.) Davit Rusadze – “I don’t sleep” (10.01%)

6.) Mariam Shengelia – “Only for You” – 9.98%

7.) Mariam Gogiberidze – “Fall Asleep in the Sunlight” – 9.91%

8.) Nika Kalandadze – “The wind blows again” – 9.53%

Unlike this year where Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision Contest, for 2020 only the artist will be selected through the popular talent show, since the song will be followed by internal selection.

We remind you that the four jury members who oversaw the three-episode phase of the auditions and will guide the ten finalists in their lives are:

Natia Todua, a singer who has made a significant career in Germany after her win at The Voice of Germany in 2016.
Tinatin Berdzenishvili, GPB Deputy General Manager and Head of Delegation of Georgia to the Eurovision Contest.
David Evgenidze, composer. He was the head of the jury for the country’s participation in Junior Eurovision 2019. He will oversee the selection of the song for Eurovision 2020.
David Aladashvili, pianist.

This year, Oto Nemsadze won the Georgian Idol and with “Keep on Going” represented Georgia in Tel Aviv, taking 14th place in the first semifinal. As he said, shortly after the end of the contest, his song had a political message and was directed against Russia and its politics in his country.