First Eurovision Song Contest since pandemic has fans cheering

Pop music fans are gearing up for the final of the world’s biggest music competition. Rotterdam is hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with 26 countries vying to take home the top prize. Last year’s event was canceled because of the global pandemic. A limited crowd will be attending the show, but hundreds of millions will be watching at home.

It is the second Eurovision semi-final before the big night itself and Peter Jan is feeling especially lucky. After more than a year without any concerts or parties he and his group of friends decided to go full out on the Eurovision Song Contest.

It is not your typical Eurovision crowd here in Rotterdam, as most people cannot travel yet. But the spirit remains the same. This year the Eurovision Song Contest will be a more modest affair. There are no official parties. Everyone is tested for COVID regularly and inside the arena only 3,500 fans are allowed.
But that hasn’t affected the mood inside.

Open up is the motto of this year’s Eurovision. When the show had to be canceled last year due to the pandemic the organizer’s decided to keep it and give the motto an additional meaning. Being open to each other and now gradually opening up after months of restrictions.

One of the crowd favorites tonight is Greece’s entry Stefania, born and raised in the Netherlands. Finnish metalheads Blind Channel qualified for the finals as well – with this rather untypical HOW? performance.

Fellow Nordics Fyr og Flamme from Denmark on the other hand did not make it, despite the 80s disco vibe.

The German act Jendrik will be performing his song “I don’t feel hate” in the finals. A dream come true for the 26 year old. And an opportunity to voice his message. No hate, but much love that’s what everyone here wants.