|Posted by Eurovision On Top on March 19, 2020 at 4:55 AM|
Eurovision has been canceled!
In an EBU statement, it was announced yesterday that the 65th edition of Eurovision would be canceled.
Thus, "However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe - and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities - means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to do not continue with the live event as planned. "
And they add that "We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May ."
This was certainly sad news for those who still had not canceled their trip to Rotterdam due to the virus that is scaring the whole planet. And for those who watch Eurovision every year from their couch, it was almost like a rock in the head.
The statement says: "Could you not have held the contest without an audience?
We are carefully following the advice of the relevant authorities to protect the health and wellbeing of all citizens. Dutch restrictions on gatherings of large numbers of people and international travel restrictions mean that holding the event, even without an audience, is impossible at this time. "
So let's take a trip back in time. Do you remember why the contest was created? Wasn't it to unite Europe? Wouldn't this be the time to hold it together, give it a little hope? And there were alternatives, but wait, says the statement:
"Why couldn’t you have held the show remotely?
It’s in the DNA of the Eurovision Song Contest to bring delegations, artists and fans together in one place and provide an equal platform for all artists to compete together on the same stage and the same opportunity to shine. We felt that under the extreme circumstances we face this year, organizing the Eurovision Song Contest in another way would not be in keeping with our values and the tradition of the event.
The unique format of the Song Contest as an international live event means that it is not possible to identify any realistic alternative. We therefore have no choice other than to cancel the show."
Yes, 20 years ago, it was difficult to hold an event at a distance, with each artist interpreting from their country, but today we have the necessary mechanisms to hold a distance contest, without canceling it, keeping the whole of Europe glued to the screen ! Isn't that what we all need, now that we are (or are going to be) confined to our homes?
Couldn't we keep the format (with adjustments) and the essence of the contest? No, gentlemen! The purpose of Eurovision was never exclusively to travel, never was the aim of the contest to be a live show! It has always been and will be a television show. Wouldn't this 65th edition be an opportunity to reflect on the contest? Remind us what the objectives of Eurovision are? EBU's way was the easiest, giving up.
Not all Eurofans like to go to the arena, not everyone can pay small fortunes to watch it live! But everyone can maintain the hope, the hope that we needed this year in these hard times that we live in. This year's contest might not be the most beautiful, nor the most grandiose, but it would undoubtedly be the one that would fill our soul the most, also giving artists an opportunity to be known throughout the world.
It remains for us to wait for 2021 so that EVERYONE can travel.
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