The EBU have released details of how pre recorded backing vocals will return to next years Eurovision Song Contest.
The EBU introduced the new rule last year on a one year trial basis, which have now been confirmed to be returning in an EBU document released by Icelandic broadcaster RUV yesterday (Friday).
The document states:
“The accompanying Backing track may optionally contain Backing Vocals. However, the Backing track in question shall not contain (i) Lead Vocals, (ii) Lead Dubs and/or (iii) any other vocals that would have the effect of, or aim at, replacing or unduly assisting the Lead Vocal(s) during the live performance on stage.”
In June last year, Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl announced that the EBU would give broadcasters the option to use pre-recorded backing vocals saying:
“The lessons learned from the spring of 2020 are that we need to plan for a global crisis, and we have tailored the rules of the Contest to that effect. We must be able to be more flexible and to make changes even to the format itself and how we organize the event in these challenging times.”
The original intentions of the rule change were to allow songwriters and producers to present their work as closely as possible to the original, aswell as to save delegations money by having fewer people needed at the contest.
A number of countries used the new rule this year, including Iceland, Croatia, Cyprus and Azerbaijan and many more.
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