The Netherlands, with its breathtaking splendor and organization, returns to Eurovision under strict health measures – Latest News
With its breathtaking splendor and organization, Eurovision is back. Forced to cancel the extravagant song festival last year due to the pandemic, the Netherlands is expecting a quality content edition this week, with France as the favorite.
About 3,500 people, provided they present a negative but unmasked test, will take part in the final of the competition in the port city of Rotterdam. Candidates will be locked in a “special bubble”.
Frenchwoman Barbara Pravi, often compared to Edith Piaf, has topped the charts with her song “Voila” and could enable the Hexagon to take its first victory in 44 years. It is followed by Italy and Malta.
While vaccination has facilitated health measures for European countries, the Netherlands has officially authorized public participation in events in late April.
“Waiting for Eurovision in this particular period is not a responsibility we have taken lightly,” said Martin Oesterdahl, the competition’s executive director.
The 2020 edition of Eurovision was canceled for the first time in the history of competitions due to the pandemic.
For spectators accustomed to seeing a wave of flags and artists from around the world embracing each other on their small screens, the 2021 edition promises to be somewhat different.
While most of the candidates, from 39 countries, will travel to Rotterdam, others, like Austria will participate through pre-recorded videos.
National delegations in the country are also subject to strict rules, including strict separation from the public and the obligation to be tested for COVID-19 every 48 hours./ballkanweb