Eurovision back-up plan: live-on-tape

Every broadcaster will create a ‘live-on-tape’ recording in case a participant cannot travel to Rotterdam.

Organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have announced a back-up plan to ensure the event takes place in 2021.

Every broadcaster will create a ‘live-on-tape’ recording prior to the event which can be used if a participant cannot travel to Rotterdam due to the current pandemic, or if an artist has to quarantine.

There are already 4 alternate plans to stage the event in May in Rotterdam from full event to virtual.

But now added insurance sees all the participating broadcasters asked to record a live performance of their act in their own country.

This recording will be delivered prior to the event and will take place in a studio setting. The recording will take place in real time (as it would be at the Contest) without making any edits to the vocals or any part of the performance itself after the recording.

Rather than having a strict format, the Contest will fully embrace the artistic freedom, creativity, ambition and style of each of the 41 countries.

A set of production guidelines will ensure fairness and the integrity, including no audience present and no publishing before the event in May. Also ruled out are augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, use of chromakey or green screen.

Montaigne will represent Australia, but with a new song in 2021.

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  1. … back in the 70s, Oz regional stations did a program called “National Star Quest” where each station recorded their own talent’s performance … there were rules that established a “set of production guidelines” to “ensure fairness and … integrity”, but many stations ignored them to ensure that their contribution was “the best” … does anyone seriously believe that these rule will be adhered to when the entire country’s “honour” is at stake? … pigs might fly!!! (BTW “live-on-tape?? … nobody in the broadcast world uses tape any more) ..

    1. Of course it won’t be “on tape”. I should think most if not all broadcasters are now exclusively digital. It’s probably just an expression they use in the industry to denote something that is recorded rather than live to air.

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