With the stage constructed and technical rehearsals underway, more and more details of what to expect this month are being revealed. The first delegations due to arrive in Rotterdam this week, the voting graphics for Eurovision 2021 have been revealed.
As technical rehearsals are well underway in AHOY, we have now received a sneak peak of this year’s voting graphics! Ahead of the arrival of the 2021 artists, this year’s hosts have been christening the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam and rehearsing the show.
Dutch journalist Richard van de Crommert has released a sneak peak of the voting graphics during a simulation of the Grand Final voting:
The graphics are an expansion on the revamped Eurovision 2021 logo, featuring colours from the flags of the 39 participating nations. The scoreboard’s white motif makes the scoreboard noticeably lighter than those used in other recent contests. Previously, we learned that Sietse Bakker is aiming for a shorter Grand Final run time than previous years at around 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Audience confirmed for Eurovision 2021
Even under a Scenario B situation, delegations will be spending most of their time in hotel quarantine outside of rehearsals in order to minimise transmission risks.
We have asked them to stay in the hotel and only use our official transport. In this way we hope to keep the virus out as much as possible.Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Bakker also confirmed that the current plan is for 3,500 spectators to be in the audience, with 4,500 seats remaining empty. However, in practice this means that the second tier of seating will not be visible on the broadcast. Plans for the audience have since been confirmed by the Dutch government.
We think that those 3,500 people can also create a fantastic atmosphere.Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
However, with the news of Montaigne and the Australian delegation opting to not travel to Rotterdam, not all acts will be making it to the AHOY stage. Last week, the city of Rotterdam has decided to cancel plans for an in-person Eurovision Village due to the ongoing pandemic. A virtual alternative will take place instead. Despite this, an in-person opening ceremony with a ‘Turquoise Carpet’ will be held on May 16.
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