Portugal: Member of Portuguese Delegation tests positive for COVID-19!

Shortly before Portugal’s second rehearsal, EBU notified us that a member of the delegation tested positive for COVID-19.

A member of the Portuguese delegation has tested positive for COVID-19 while undergoing routine antigenic testing at the PalaOlimpico venue in Turin. They are feeling well and not displaying any symptoms.

In accordance with our Health and Safety protocol they have undertaken a further PCR test, have returned to their hotel and will now go into isolation for 7 days. We will update on their progress in due course.

According to the Health and Safety Protocol in place for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 the rest of the delegation are not obliged to enter isolation or quarantine but, in accordance with Italian law, must wear FFP2 masks at all times both inside and outside the venue.

Portugal will continue with their scheduled rehearsal this afternoon, Wednesday 4 May.

We wish they get well soon while awaiting for Portugal’s Maro second rehearsal!

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Croatia: Dora 2022 to be held without audience!

A while ago, the Croatian public broadcaster, HRT, announced that there will be no audience attending Dora 2022!

The official account of Dora on Facebook, published a post that they explained the situation that sadly will not allow an audience to be present at Dora, for a second year in a row:

Following your numerous messages regarding the tickets sold for Dora 2022, we regret to announce, that due to the unforeseen restrictions that are in place at the moment, due to the pandemic, the entire contest will take place without an audience. However, we are still looking into how the situation develops and if there is any change or if any restriction is lifted, we will inform you accordingly.

How things will work in case of any COVID-19 case

HRT has already established a protocol, that will be followed in case any of the artists tests positive for COVID-19. If one or two of the artists withdraw until the 4th of February, their place will be covered by the first, second, third or even the fourth backup artist. In case of five or more artists withdrawing before the 1st of February, their song will also be withdrawn and their allocated televoting phone number will get deactivated.

If any of the artists develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 after the rehearsal of the 16th, 18th or even the 19th of February, then one of their recorded performances will be shown, during the live final show.

Dora 2022, the Croatian national selection process of the Croatian representative for this year’s Eurovision song Contest, will take place on February 19 at Marino Cvetković Sports in Opatija!

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SourceDORA HRT / Eurovoix

Spain: Will Tanxugueiras perform on stage, at Benidorm Fest?

After Luna Ki, that has withdrawn from Benidorm Fest, another act is in danger of not being able to perform live on stage, at Benidorm Fest, due to Aida and Olaia getting infected by COVID-19.

As the group has already Tweeted a few minutes ago and as some members of their team is already at Benidorm, Aida and Olaia will travel within the next few days, as a precaution.

But how is it going to work with Tanxugueiras at this year’s Spanish national final, but also for any other contestant that might also get infected by COVID-19?

The three scenarios

Three different scenarios have been announced in case an artist tests positive for COVID-19 at Benidorm Fest.

In a recent article, RTVE unveiled the contingency plan in case a competing artist turns out positive before appearing in the upcoming Spanish selection process Benidorm Fest.

The producers, Boomerang TV and the broadcaster, RTVE, have come up with three different scenarios to ensure that every song and artist will be able to compete in this year’s Benidorm Fest.

  • The first scenario is that if the artist has already completed his first rehearsal, it will be broadcast during the live show instead of a live performance.
  • Second, if the artist comes out positive before his first rehearsal, then the official music video for the song will be played.
  • The final scenario is that, if there is no music video, the song will be played with montage of images and photos of the artist.

It was announced by Eva Mora, head of the Spanish delegation, that it was not possible to produce live performances, such as those created for this year’s ESCZ selection process and the expected process of Northern Macedonia, due to lack of time.

The Benidorm Fest will be held with two semifinals on January 26 and 27, leading to the Grand Final on January 29. The songs and the artists have been revealed and the order of the two semifinals has also been decided and announced.

The voting system

Only eight artists will make it to the grand final of the Benidorm Fest. The result will be done through a mixed voting system between a professional jury (national and international), televoting and a poll jury:

  • 50% of the grade will correspond to the professional jury consisting of five experts (three of Spanish nationality and two, international).
  • The remaining 50% will be in the hands of the public (where 25% will be by phone and SMS and the remaining 25% will be selected by a poll jury).
  • The artists will be given a phone number and as soon as everyone completes the show, the hotlines will be open for voting. The voting period will be approximately 15 or 20 minutes and the presenters, Alaska, Inés Hernand and Máximo Huerta, will be responsible for the announcement.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Benidorm Fest and the spanish representative at Eurovision 2022!

Source: Tanxugueiras Twitter Account