After the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 has been confirmed to take place, there has always remained the big question, whether an audience at the live shows in the Ahoy arena would be possible or not.
Earlier this month, it was announced that a live audience is still an option and that the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest co-operate with the Fieldlab Evenementen, who are testing the possibilities of live events with audience under the current situation.
On April 28th, the organisers will hear if the Fieldlab tests can continue for the Eurovision live shows. If the number of occupied beds in the Dutch intensive care reaches over 900, the cabinet of the Netherlands does not want these tests to go on, which would likely lead to a Eurovision Song Contest without live audience.
Under strict conditions, the event could possibly still have an audience of 3,500 people per show, if the number of occupied beds in the intensive care won’t increase any further. Right at this moment, there are 839 people in the Dutch intensive care, and the organisation still has a week to go until the final decision.
Sietse Bakker, the Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said the following, regarding a Eurovision Song Contest with audience:
We have to pay close attention in the coming days and weeks. See how the situation develops in the Netherlands, especially in healthcare, because we really only welcome the public here if that is responsible.
How do you feel about these new rules? Do you think that the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 can still take place with a live audience? Let us know in the comments!