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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Eurovision makes its comeback in the Netherlands

The Netherlands will be hosting Eurovision this year, in a safe way and with a reduced number of people. 

The Eurovision’s final will be taking place on May 22 in Rotterdam, with 3,500 fans who will get tested before attending the final.

Eurovision artists will follow the rules set by the Dutch government in order for the contest to take place at Ahoy Arena.

According to executive supervisor Martin Oesterdahl, he said that ”We don’t take lightly the responsibility of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest at this challenging time”.

For the first time in 60 years, Eurovision was cancelled last year since the pandemic began taking over the world. As a song contest, Eurovision has a large audience throughout the world, with over 180 million people who watch it.

Back in 2019, Eurovision was held in Israel where the Netherlands’ Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won the contest.

The Ahoy Arena was previously used for coronavirus patients, however, the venue will now host the two-semi finals as well as the final.

According to the Dutch government, only 3,500 fans will be allowed to participate in each show which is equivalent to 20% of the entire venue’s capacity.

Not everything will be the same as every other Eurovision contest before. Performers of the 39 countries that participate in the contest will be able to travel to the Netherlands. Australia on the other hand, will participate through a pre-recorded video performance.

There will be a testing for every 48 hours within the national delegations and they will also stay away from the crowd.

According to executive producer Sietse Bakker, ”the numbers have been scaled down considerably. Delegations are much smaller. We want to keep the coronavirus out as much as possible.”

Bear in mind that this is not the only time in which Eurovision had been different. Back in 2017, Eurovision caused tensions between Ukraine and Russia, whereas in 2019, Eurovision was held in Israel sparking protests and tensions by Palestinian artists and activists.

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