Eurovision 2022: 41 countries joining the 66th contest in Turin!

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to our screens next May.

Fans of the Contest will welcome back ARMTV from Armenia and RTCG from Montenegro, both taking to the stage for the first time since Tel Aviv in 2019.

It’s also a special year for Norwegian broadcaster NRK as they will be celebrating the selection of their 60th Eurovision entry during the Melodi Grand Prix grand final on Saturday 19 February.

We will also witness the 300th ‘Big Five’ performance – that’s a song from one of either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or United Kingdom.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

‘We are so excited that we once again have over 40 broadcasters competing to win the iconic Eurovision trophy in Turin next May.

The team from Rai are working hard on preparations to welcome all the delegations to a new Host City and ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and state-of-the-art spectacle expected by nearly 200 million viewers.’

On the announcement of the 41 participants, Simona Martorelli and Claudio Fasulo from Italian broadcaster Rai added:

‘After 31 years, Italy is proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest again! As Executive Producers, we are incredibly excited to set up this amazing event and welcome delegations from 41 nations to Turin next year.

Above all, we strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest will allow us to showcase and share the beauty of Italy with a global audience via the elements that unite us all: music and harmony.’

The Italian city of Turin won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, setting Saturday 14 May as the date of the Grand Final, which will be held in PalaOlimpico along with two Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Poland: TVP opens submissions for internal selection!

Poland starts the process of selecting the artist who will represent her at Eurovision 2022 and wants to put an end to the negative streak of three non-qualifications in the last three contests and return to the final for the first time since 2017, and Kasia Moś.

Polish broadcaster, TVP, will follow the same recipe for a second consecutive year and third in the last four years. As it happened last year, so this year, the singer who will compete in the 66th Eurovision will emerge through internal selection.

Both the song and the artist will be selected by internal selection, with TVP executives aiming to a return in the Grand Final and positive results. Let’s not forget that the state of Eastern Europe has only three placements in the Top 10 in 24 entries.

In today’s announcement, TVP called on all interested parties to submit their proposals for the representation of Poland next May in Italy. Those interested have a deadline of two months until 22:00 on the night of November 20 to send an email to eurowizja@tvp.pl and submit their proposal.

The artist who will represent Poland at Eurovision 2022 will be announced on January 2, as typically mentioned in the regulations published by TVP.

Poland was represented in Rotterdam by Rafal, with the song The Ride, but failed to qualify for the final. His choice was a bit of a last minute, as Polish public television had taken over the organization of Junior Eurovision 2020 and had turned all its attention there.

Let’s see if the fact that for 2022 the search for their participation in the competition will start early, will bring a better result.

Source: TVP

 

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

Poland: The National Broadcaster wants Alicja Szemplińska for 2021

The public broadcaster of Poland, yesterday during the press conference for the Junior Eurovision 2020, confirmed the participation of the country at the Eurovision 2021, expressing at the same time their intention to be represented by Alicja Szemplińska.

The official confirmation of Alicja will occur at a later stage, after the necessary arrangements with her record company. When this happen, Poland will be the 21st country that chooses the same artist from the canceled 2020 contest.

At the press conference, during which the three presenters of the 2020 Junior Eurovision were presented, the head of the national broadcaster Jacek Kurski praised the employees of TVP for their effort to organise a contest completely different from those who have been held until today. In fact, to the unpleasant surprise of all of us, Jacek Kurski predicted that Eurovision 2021 will be held in the same way, that is, in favor of Plan D. Τhe artists will appear from their countries and not live from Rotterdam. However, the executive supervisor of the competition, Martin Österdahl, who was online, did not comment on this.

Source: dziennik-eurowizyjny

Junior Eurovision 2020: Polish host broadcaster isn’t sure the contest will take place!

Junior Eurovision 2020 is scheduled to take place in less than two months. This year’s event will take place in Warsaw and so far 13 countries have confirmed their participation. However, it seems that nothing is certain yet, since even Poland does not take the realization of Junior Eurovision 2020 for granted! Read more

Poland: Watch the official video clip of “Empires”

Through the “Szansa na Sukces” show, Poland has chosen its representative for Rotterdam. The winner of the competition was Alicja Szemplińska, who will represent Poland at Eurovision 2020 with “Empires”.

She later released the studio version of the song as she performed it for the first time on the day of the national final.

Not long ago, through the official YouTube channel of the contest, a video clip of the entry was released, which you can watch below:

https://youtu.be/s_Y7mMka4SQ

Junior Eurovision 2019: Poland “shared the joy” and won the contest again

End titles fell shortly in Glivice, Poland for Junior Eurovision 2019, with XX raising the coveted prize for Poland for the second time in a row, writing history as it’s the first time in the history of the contest!

https://youtu.be/TvmqnNxnuJM

Viki with “Superhero” managed to gain 278 points from the combined rating of online voting and all 19 jury boards, leaving Kazakhstan in second and Spain in third place.

The night began with a spectacular dance followed by the parade of countries in alphabetical order, before the three presenters, Roksana Węgiel, Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora, took the floor. Thanks to the former host city of Minsk, Belarus, they welcome attendees as well as viewers to Poland and Glivice and gave the opening message of the 17th Junior Eurovision event.

Then it was time for the contestants:

01. AUSTRALIA

https://youtu.be/IGU9C6lppwQ

02. FRANCE

https://youtu.be/BYQFqHGAdto

03. RUSSIA

04. NORTHERN MACEDONIA

https://youtu.be/dymh0Qf6p_U

05. SPAIN

https://youtu.be/Qo_Tod1GxyU

06. GEORGIA

https://youtu.be/gYT5Orfd0zY

07. BELARUS

https://youtu.be/cFer5iAMUNM

08. MALTA

https://youtu.be/PBkC768pyvI

09. WALES

https://youtu.be/l6eyRQYx4nM

10. KAZAKHSTAN

https://youtu.be/tSVmX1E25C8

11. POLAND

https://youtu.be/TvmqnNxnuJM

12. IRELAND

https://youtu.be/X4gLmtUTAZc

13. UKRAINE

https://youtu.be/JUo6pKdSRtM

14. NETHERLANDS

https://youtu.be/G8-LOGjDlsc

15. ARMENIA

https://youtu.be/sWNEG54GEto

16. PORTUGAL

17. ITALY

https://youtu.be/lRt2PPdex4w

18. ALBANIA

https://youtu.be/mGJJ05aGU0Y

19. SERBIA

https://youtu.be/UD2XanNM690

After the presentation of all 19 songs, the second and last online voting started for 15 minute .

The result

The final result was determined by 50% of the votes of the 19 committees of the participating countries and 50% of the results of the online vote launched on Friday 22/11 with people from all over the world.

The jury of each country announced their rating based on the order of appearance. The winner on the judging panels was Kazakhstan, while the television audience ranked Poland first.

So in combination of the two different votes, xxx crowned as the winning country.