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 There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.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

France: Ireland’s representative at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, Maria Boyle, submitted a song for the national final!

Maria Doyle, who represented Ireland at Eurovision 1985, with the surname Christian at the time, occupying sixth place with the song Wait Until The Weekend Comes, revealed in a recent interview that she has submitted a song for the French national final.

The 50-year-old blind singer now lives with her French husband and their seven children in Lunévilloise. A few months ago she impressed with her voice and interpretation, reaching the semifinals of The Voice of France. In fact, in Blind Audition she made all the judges cry with emotion, having on stage almost her whole family.

Maria Doyle says in her interview that representing France in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream and she was always looking for a way to make it happen. This year, she literally submitted her entry at the last minute, after a journalist from the Irish Embassy in France informed her about the national final for Eurovision 2021 on public television.

In fact, Maria Doyle reveals that she has been invited for the first casting, hoping to go through all the phases and win the French ticket to Rotterdam.

French public television is holding Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, for Eurovision 2021, through which the song and the country’s representative for the competition will be announced. After two years with mediocre results, France hopes for a better result in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Do you think Maria Doyle would be a good choice for France?

Let’s remember Maria Doyle’s previous entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the colors of Ireland:

Source: estrepublicain

Ireland: Lesley Roy with Bulletproof’s composer in studio | Recording her Eurovision entry?

Ireland is one of ten countries that has not yet revealed whether it will be represented by the same artist who would be represented at Eurovision 2020 or will choose to look for someone else. The truth is that what is apparent is that the country’s public broadcaster will renew its confidence in Lesley Roy, who is in Stockholm to record new songs, possibly to submit them to RTE. Read more

Eurovision Betting: Iceland on the top one week before the announcement of the entries

Big ups and downs in the betting table, after Iceland with Daði & Gagnamagnið and “Think About Things” came in first place!

An entry, which is said to have caught the attention of many and supported by Netflix, shortly after its selection at the Icelandic national final, Söngvakeppnin 2020, on Saturday night.

A song that, musically and scenically, could be very close to the other big favorite, Lithuania’s “On Fire“, which is now in second place. Tuesday night Romania (1/3) selected “Alcohol You”, with Italy and Russia completing the top five.

Greece with its SUPERG! RL has stabilized at the 15th position and Cyprus is at the 21st position, but has not yet announced its song.

Ireland: 50 years after their aunt Dana, The Rua the big favorite for Eurovision 2020

We have read in The Sun, but also in other Irish media, that the big favorite to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2020 is a band, The Rua. The three brothers who make up The Rua are the nieces of Ireland’s first contest winner, Dana!

Who are The Rua?

But apart from the famous aunt, The Rua has had a lot of success since its creation in 2013, and their latest single entered the Billboard Top 50 in the US.

The Rua’s are Roseanna Brown, Alanna Brown and Jonathan Brown. Born and raised in Windsor, England, but with Irish descent. Their critics described the style of their music, something between Taylor Swift and Cranberries.

Two were the highlights of their career. This year, with the opening act for Westlife’s tour concerts in the UK and Ireland, as well as the participation of all three in the cast of Harry Potter films. They have also participated in other famous film productions (Maleficent, The Crown etc.).

Their goal is Eurovision 2020

The Irish Sun reveals that The Rua have set their sights on Eurovision 2020 next May in Rotterdam, exactly 50 years after Dana, also known as Rosemary Scallon, won for Ireland again with “All Kinds Of Everything”. Succeeding the first of the Queen’s seven victories in the competition.

The deadline for submitting a song to RTE on Ireland’s selection to participate in Eurovision 2020 was last Friday, October 25th. The broadcaster has decided to make its choice within the next ten days.

Great interest in Ireland for Rotterdam

An Irish public broadcaster source told The Sun:

“There has been a great response this year for our participation in Eurovision. It is very likely that Ireland will take the lead in the jury rankings in the Netherlands, 50 years after the anniversary of our first victory with Dana again. There would be huge media interest in Dana’s nephews who would take over exactly 50 years later and represent Ireland at Eurovision.”

In its call, the RTE stressed that the Irish representative at Eurovision must have “previous experience in performing in front of large crowds. Confidence and professional conduct are clear advantages “

Dana supports The Rua

Alanna Brown said their aunt has supported them from the beginning to get to the top. “She was always very supportive and if we have any questions we go to her”.

Roseanna added: “She wants us to step on our six feet and she didn’t want to interfere with us in any way. She’s there to support us, we know that. She’s interested in the songs, what we do and is there to give us advice. We want to have the freedom to be The Rua, and that’s essential”.

18-year-old Dana and Ireland’s first win

Dana was just 18 when her career was launched internationally in 1970, winning the contest in front of a television audience of 200 million people.

In 1999, she was elected Member of Parliament, the first Eurovision winner to do so.

There are not few who think Dana could return to Rotterdam in the Netherlands next May, a short distance from The Hague, where the contest took place in 1970, to relive the Eurovision triumph through her nieces this time.

In addition to their 68-year-old aunt, The Rua can also rely on the help of Louis Walsh, a well-known manager and X Factor UK judge!

Source: The Sun

 

Ireland: Linda Martin starring in the official video clip for Junior Eurovision 2019

Almost a month is left for the Junior Eurovision 2019 in Glivice, Poland. Ireland’s public broadcaster has recently released the video clip of “Banshee”, the Irish act in the contest. Surprisingly, we watched Eurovision 1992 winner, Linda Martin, in the lead!

Anna Kearney won the Irish National Junior Eurovision final “Éire 2019” and will represent Ireland at the Eurovision children’s competition. She will perform the song “Banshee”, hoping to bring Ireland its first victory in this institution.

Irish Public broadcaster thought a clever way to call attention to its entry. She put Linda Martin in the leading role in the video.

The video clip is full of Irish forests and seas. It goes back to the Middle Ages, so Anna Kearney’s relative ambivalence is justified. Throughout the video we see a mysterious woman who does not reveal her identity by wearing a cape, which also hides her face. Only at the end the mysterious woman revealed herself, and we see that she is Linda Martin.

Ireland: Listen to its entry for Junior Eurovision 2019

Anna Kearney won the Irish National Junior Eurovision Eire 2019 and will represent Ireland in Glivice, Poland. She will perform the song “Banshee”, hoping to bring Ireland’s first victory in children’s contest.

Listen to the Irish Junior Eurovision 2019 entry below: