After this year’s unprecedent decision of cancelling the Eurovision Song contest 2020, all eyes now fall on next year’s contest with Jon Ola Sand expressing his optimism despite the coronavirus issue.

On March 18th the EBU had no option but to cancel this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the covid-19 outbreak. Just as all the fans were adjusting to this year’s unusual circumstances the Dutch goverment came to put on ice any thought of mass events if no vaccine is found. While the efforts from scientists are underway against time, an effective vaccine is still uncertain.

Nevertheless, Jon Ola Sand is optimistic that the show will take place next year. In an interview to NRK, the public Norwegian broadcaster, the Executive Supervisor said that the EBU is already working to make Eurovision happen in 2021.

Jon Ola Sand said that EBU is aware of the restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these restrictions may still be active next year. Therefore, the preparations will take place in accordance to those restrictions. According to him , EBU is now “more prepared” to carry out with the competition than it was this year.

Jon Ola Sand has been the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the contest since 2011. Rotterdam would have been his last edition as now he will return to work for the Norwegian broadcaster. EBU’s new Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest will be Swedish Martin Österdahl, SVT.

Source: Eurovisionary – NRK