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 There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.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

Latvia: With Samanta Tina at Eurovision 2021

Just minutes after the official cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Latvian public television has already announced that Samanta Tina will also represent the country in 2021. The news of the cancellation of the competition may have gone down in the ears of the Eurofans everywhere, but the participating countries are not ending their plans for the next Eurovision. Thus, Latvia follows the Netherlands, Spain and Croatia, which will be represented by the same artists in the next Eurovision.

Samanta Tina tweeted on her official Twitter account confirmed that she will be competing in Eurovision 2021! Indeed, she joked about her surname turning it into “Karantina”. So giving in a way a sense of humor to the difficult days of the old continent!

Samanta Tina was due to represent the Baltic country in May with the song “Still Breathing”. She has only to “hold her breath” for another 14 months to get to the stage of our favorite contest!

Latvia: 28 songs remained for the national final of the country

Latvia’s public broadcaster, LTV, reported in a statement that 28 songs had qualified to the next phase of the national final of Supernova.

Of the 126 songs the public channel received, the jury comprised of country music experts limited them to 28 and went to the next phase.

The jury consisted of:

Agnese Cimuška – Executive Director of the Latvian Music Development Society
Aiga Leitholde – Music Judge
Liena Grīna – Executive Director of the Latvian Association of Performers and Producters
Sabīne Brice – Marketing Director of Universal Music Latvia
Ilze Jansone – Producer of Supernova
Inese Saulāja – Warner Music Latvia Personnel Management and Development Specialist
Kaspars Zaviļeiskis – Music journalist
Jānis Žilde – Musician and presenter
Kaspars Mauriņš – Social Media Manager of Latvijas Radio 2
Rūdolfs Švēde – Program Manager of Radio Tev
Emīls Kazakovs – Program Manager of Kurzemes Radio
Toms Grēviņš – DJ at Piecei.lv
Artis Dvarionas – Radio SWH producer and singer
Aleksis Vilciņš – Presenter at Pieci.lv
Edgars Bāliņš – Wiwibloggs columnist and social media manager at Delfi.lv
Petri Mannonen – Head of Universal Music Finland and the Baltics
Martti Vuorinen – Universal Music A&R Artist
Pēteris Krievkalns – Creative Director of Supernova

The jury only listened to the songs without knowing the artists behind them. This week, they are expected to drop further, while the number of songs that will compete in the country’s national final remains unknown.

At the same time, the channel is keeping its cards closed, as it has not provided information on whether they will be semi-final, and what Supernova 2020 will look like. All we know so far is that the final will take place on February 8th.

The songs that will compete in the country’s national final will be released in January.

This year will be the 6th year that Supernova will take place with a generally moderate attendance at the competition. Aminata’s 2015 participation in Vienna (1st edition of Supernova) stands out, with the Baltic country taking the 6th place, making it the best country in the decade.

In 2019 Latvia was represented by the band Carousel with the song “That night” which failed to win the gold ticket for = the grand final, after taking the 15th place with 50 points in the semifinal.

Source/Image: escxtra/LTV

Latvia: Record of entries for Supernova 2020

Last Wednesday, the entries deadline for the Latvian National Final,Supernova 2020 had been expired, and Latvia’s public broadcaster LTV has revealed that it has received 126 entries. This is the highest number of entries ever made in Supernova’s history. This is a sharp increase, especially if you consider that last year 83 just expressed interest to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The LTV channel shared some information about the songs submitted, including the fact that more than half of the applications were filed on the last day. Supernova producer Ilze Jansone revealed that many artists have submitted two songs. He also noted that they have seen more variety this year, with many young artists and more songs in the Latvian language. LTV has received entries covering a variety of music genres, including traditional pop, schlager and metal music.

The broadcaster will now review all applications to ensure that the listings comply with Supernova 2020 rules. The 2020 rules allow foreign participants to be producers or members of a band. However, the singer of the song must be Latvian.

Supernova’s grand final has been confirmed for February 8, 2020, but the Latvian public channel has not revealed whether the process of choosing its next representative  to Rotterdam will also include semifinals. Just last month, Jansone said: “At the moment we cannot yet officially reveal how the finalists will be selected, but we know that the final of the competition will be broadcast live on February 8th”.

LTV has been running Supernova for the last five years, with a generally moderate appearance in the Contest. Aminata’s 2015 presence in Vienna (1st edition of Supernova) stands out, with the Baltic country taking 6th place, achieving its best place in the current decade. In 2019, in Tel Aviv, Latvia, was represented by Carousel with the song “That night”. For another year, however, Latvia failed to qualify for the final after finishing 15th with 50 points in the semifinal.

Source: wiwibloggs.com

Latvia: Supernova 2020 Final on February 8

Latvia’s public broadcaster LTV has announced recently that the country’s representative in Eurovision 2020 will be emerged through the national final, Supernova, which will take place for the sixth consecutive year. The Supernova 2020 final will be held in Riga on February 8.

Interested creators must submit their proposals in order to compete for the Latvian representation in Rotterdam until the 20th of November.

Submission are being applied electronically, via the relevant website and this year unlike previous years, it is possible to involve foreign creators and interpreters as long as there is a Latvian in the group.

It is not yet known whether the semi-finals will be held or if there will be only one final night, as, according to Supernova producer Ilze Jansone, some details have not been set yet.

We did not know Supernova’s fate for a long time and by the end of August the interest in the competition and the application process was higher than in the previous five years, so we expect more qualitative entries. At the moment, we still have a lot to decide on the selection process, but we are confident that the final of the competition will be live on February 8th.

(Ilze Jansone, producer of Supernova)

In Tel Aviv, Latvia was represented by the band Carousel with the song “That Night”, but with 50 points in the second semifinal they failed to qualify for the final.

Source:LTV