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Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-on-Tape performances in two special online shows

One week after the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, a unique celebration will air on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel. All 39 live-on-tape performances will be put together for two special shows with the 2013 Finnish representative as the host

On Saturday 22 May 2021, Italy were crowned the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 winners, where Måneskin won a third Italian victory with "Zitti e buoni".

Usually this means that the Eurovision season would officially end however not this year. Eurovision fans are treated to another Eurovision weekend to close off the 2021 Eurovision season.

Due to the current pandemic and to ensure that Eurovision 2021 would be held in a safe manner, each representative had to record a live-on-tape of their planned performance. If the country representative was unable to travel to Rotterdam due to travel restrictions or have to quarantine while at the Contest, the live-on-tape recording would have replaced their planned performance.

To date, we've watched Australia's live-on-tape as Montaigne could not travel to Rotterdam and perform her song "Technicolor". Although Daði og Gagnamagnið from Iceland could not perform "10 Years" during the live shows as some team members were hit with Covid-19, their second rehearsal was shown instead as this was filmed in time.

The Eurovision organizers now have planned a treat to all fans as two special shows are ready to be broadcast on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel. To honour the hard work each participating country has put into delivering a live-on-tape back-up performance, these two special shows will feature all of the performances. Host of these online shows is the Finnish "Marry Me" singer, Krista Siegfrids and will also feature special fan performances that have been submitted throughout May.

Both shows will air as follows:

  • Friday 28 May 21:00 CEST: Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-on-Tape, Semi-Finalists
  • Saturday 29 May 21:00 CEST: Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-on-Tape, Grand Finalists

This is not the first time that Eurovision Song Celebration will be held, as last year we were treated to the first airing of such a celebration. Since Eurovision Song Contest 2020 had been cancelled due to the coronavirus, two special shows were aired in the same format to honour all of the 41 artists and songs in a non-competitive format.

So make sure to visit the Eurovision YouTube Channel on the specific days and time and make sure not to miss two impeccable shows to celebrate the closure of Eurovision 2021.

Trailer: Eurovision Song Celebration - Live-on-Tape

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

Steven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.



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