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Eurovision 2021 - Netherlands - NPO/AVROTROS/NOS

Ahoy Arena - Rotterdam - 18/20/22 May 2021 (May 2019)

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BR
Brekkie
Any news on the UK plan - assuming it's a new artist. Surely this is the year to actually get a decent act to do it when they can't do anything else.
TI
tightrope78
Any news on the UK plan - assuming it's a new artist. Surely this is the year to actually get a decent act to do it when they can't do anything else.

Still no word. Not even any rumours.
BR
Brekkie
Fleur East being rumoured this morning, which might give us a shot if we exchange vaccines for votes.
MA
Martin61
On the subject of Eurovision...just an idea but the U.K. could always try putting in a decent song to get more votes. Wonder if Katrina and the Waves fancy making a comeback?
AB
AcerBen
Could be. Seems to be based on the fact she's written a song with James Newman - and she did say on Twitter last year that she'd be up for it. A duet could be good.

Though of course it's possible that he's just written a song with her for general release.
GO
gottago
Looks like tomorrow (EDIT: no, today!) is the day we find out what Eurovision will look like this year.




A is certainly out of the question and probably B as well. I think they'll announce C and drop to D at a later date if necessary. I can imagine any audience that is there will be entirely local and will probably have free tickets given how heavily policed they'll have to be and it makes it easier to cancel them should they need to.

I think whatever scenario they go for Australia probably won't be performing in the Netherlands!


EDIT: They've announced it - pursuing B surprisingly but will potentially downsize as they go on: https://eurovision.tv/story/eurovision-2021-determined-yet-realistic-plans-for-may

11 days later

TI
tightrope78
Melodifestivalen was a bit of a disaster tonight. Desperately trying to fill 90 minutes of airtime, with only 7 songs, is proving a problem for them. Those camera pans of the arena, and people waving balloons, sure take up a lot of time! Tonight’s show felt like a 3 hour marathon at times.
Last edited by tightrope78 on 13 February 2021 11:52pm
AB
AcerBen
Ratings were good for week 1 though - up on 2020, I believe. I thought it was a shame they cut the songs from 8 to 7. But I tend to zap through the show on catchup in the semis - made really easy by their online player, which has markers for where all the songs are!
GO
gottago
Ratings were good for week 1 though - up on 2020, I believe. I thought it was a shame they cut the songs from 8 to 7. But I tend to zap through the show on catchup in the semis - made really easy by their online player, which has markers for where all the songs are!

I used this for the first time this week and it's excellent. Definitely better than sitting through all the filler.

It's amazing how much the audience is important to the show, you really realise that watching it. They could do with cranking the fake applause and cheering up a little bit more, it's been really devoid of atmosphere so far, more so than other entertainment shows during Covid, including the Norwegian MGP. Also weirdly I actually think the show could have benefitted from being in a large arena, even if it was empty, to give it a bit more scale. The set feels so cramped compared to usual that they might as well be in a TV studio.
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all new Phil
Surprised it’s not been mentioned but James Newman has been confirmed for the UK again. Song being unveiled next month but we’re promised something upbeat.
DV
DVB Cornwall
I had hoped for a younger sound and performer(s) but heyho.
BR
Brekkie
The EU were hoping we'd send The Vaccines.

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