Graham Norton confirms Eurovision WILL return in 2021 as he says the show is ready for ‘any eventuality’ amid the coronavirus pandemic
The host, 57, explained how the show is ‘ready for any eventuality’ even if that means some countries will have to appear on video because of travel restrictions.
Organisers of the international celebration are also confident about the upcoming spectacle and are thought to be prepping four options for how the contest will go.
Get ready! Graham Norton has confirmed that Eurovision will go ahead in 2021 after it was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured ahead of the 2020 special)
According to The Mirror, the host told told Sirius XM radio: ‘There’s definitely going to be a Eurovision this year, the competition element is going to happen.
‘I think they’re ready for any eventuality. If some countries can’t travel, they can Zoom in a performance. I doubt we’ll be in a stadium full of 20,000 people.’
He added: ‘I feel like the minute we can [get back to normal], people will leave their houses in droves. And Eurovision, it’s a joyous thing.’
It has already been revealed that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will happen in Rotterdam. The Dutch city was supposed to host the event in 2020 but had to cancel due to the pandemic.
Bring it on! Organisers are thought to be prepping four options for how the contest will be set up, with the potential of keeping some elements of video calling (pictured is 2018 winner, Israeli Netta Barzilai during her performance in 2019)
In the coming months organisers are set to decided how the 2021 show will look and which bits of last year’s extravaganza will be kept.
Sietse Bakker, executive producer of the show, said: ‘The stage will be carried over to next year , because that was already prepared.
‘Apart from that, a lot depends on what is possible at that time, on the availability of all those involved and on what fits the spirit of 2021.’
The current date for the grand final is 22 May 2021 and it will be staged at Ahoy.
Graham has provided his witty commentary for the competition since 2009 when he took over from Terry Wogan.
He’ll be back: Graham has provided his witty commentary for the competition since 2009 when he took over from Terry Wogan (pictured at the competition in 2018)
Eurovision had to be cancelled in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic however fans were still able to celebrate as the BBC filled the evening schedule with an array of specials in honour of the acts and iconic songs from years past.
Kicking off the themed line-up of shows was a UK vote for the nation’s favourite song from its 64-year history.
Hosted by Graham, fans saw an array of different acts from throughout Eurovision’s history, before being given a chance to vote for their favourite.
Following that a Europe-wide special Eurovision: Shine A Light aired live from Rotterdam, featuring all 41 acts that would have taken part in this year’s final, with Graham once again offering his usual commentary.
Over on BBC Two, Rylan Clark-Neal presented The A-Z of Eurovision to lookback at some of the show’s best and most bizarre moments.
Axed: Eurovision 2020 was cancelled in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers are airing a special in its place (pictured last year’s final in Tel Aviv)