There is less than 100 days left until the Grand Final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, and the organization of this year’s event is in full speed. The final decision on how the Contest is going to be held is yet to be taken, as the EBU is in close contact with the Dutch authorities, and all participating broadcasters, and is monitoring the COVID pandemic closely.
Back in December 2020, the organizers have started a call for some unique places around the Netherlands, where the 41 postcards are going to be shot. With over 750 submissions, the organizers have selected the 41 locations, and the first three have now been revealed – Westhoofd Lighthouse in Ouddorp, Evoluon in Eindhoven, and Natutal ice at Nannewiid.
This year’s postcards are going to be produced by IDTV for the shows. Eurovision 2021 Head of Show, Gerben Bakker, stated:
Our country has so much to offer. We want to present the Netherlands as diverse as possible: from beautiful nature, architectural delights, to the most historic places. The selected locations all have a story and are cinematic to the eye.
The COVID crisis has made the house become an even more important part of our lives. We now share everything via digital screens, directly from our living rooms with the rest of the world. The tiny house is therefore a symbol of the time in which we now live. The Eurovision Song Contest offers an open and warm home base for everyone.
Additionally, the EBU has shared more information on the stage, as well as the changes that concern the Green Room for this year’s show. The Executive Producer of this year’s Eurovision – Sietse Bakker, stated that they are looking into different ideas to see how they could make up for an empty arena in case of no audience, and that they are probably going to transform the “standing area” – area where approximately 2000 tickets were originally sold, into a huge Green Room for the competing artists.
It’s still unknown whether, and how big of an audience will be allowed to be present at the shows, and the organization team is hoping for exceptional measures by the Dutch authorities for an area larger than 2000 square meters.
The final decision about the audience, as well as the decision on the scenario in which this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is going to be held is yet to be taken.