With the covid-19 pandemic creating a totally new reality EBU has decided to implement significant changes in order to secure that the contest won’t experience again another unfortunate cancellation. 

Following the revelation of the next contest’s dates by the Dutch host broadcasters , EBU has announced its intention to introduce some important changes in the contest in order to secure that the event will take place no matter what circumstances might make it difficult. This year’s unprecedent cancellation due to the covid-19 outbreak brought forward the need of flexibility regarding the show’s conduct.

Under these circumstances EBU has sensed the times’ needs and has decided to enforce some changes that would provide the contest the flexibilty to adjust to any kind of circumstances. The new executive supervisor of the contest, Martin Österdahl explains the EBU’s goal to adjust to the new reality and provide the contest the flexibilty that will secure its smooth running the years to come by saying:

As organizers of the world’s largest live music event we are determined and united in our mission; to bring back a Contest, a new winner and a handover to a new Host Broadcaster. These elements are in our DNA and part of our legacy.

And continues confirming EBU’s determination by saying:

It is my mission, as I step into the big shoes left by Jon Ola Sand, to ensure the Eurovision Song Contest remains agile but true to its traditions, its values, and its history. When we bring the Contest back in 2021, we are bringing it back for good.

Pre-recorded vocals acceptable in the next contest

One of the first changes introduces is the acceptance of pre-recorded vocals during the on stage performances. From the next contest the acts will have the option to prerecord the backing vocals of their entry without being compulsory to bring with them backing vocalists on stage while they deliver their songs.

EBU claims that such change has several benefits. Firstly, the acts will be able to deliver their songs released from the compulsory live backing vocal and turn to other creative ideas to deliver on stage. Secondly, in this way the members of delegations are reduced along with the travel cost and making it easier for the organisers to accommodate other technical requests.

While the new changes is entirely optional leaving the decision to the delegates to choose pre-recorded vocals or live ones on stage, EBU clears out that pre-recorded  Lead Vocals, Lead Dubs and/or any other vocals that effect or replace the Lead vocals cannot be admissible.

With the circumstances changing day by day and creating an unsteady enviroment, EBU will look over the developments and will be adjusting the way the contest will unfold adjusting it to the current needs. One thing must b kept in mind and that what EBU wants to pass to all the fans: 2020 will not happen again Eurovision will be back for good no matter what happens!

The next Eurovision Song Contest is secheduled for 18,20 and 22 May 2020 at Rotterdam Ahoy in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.