Contestants have to travel to Rotterdam for Eurovision Song Contest

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Artists from 41 countries will appear live at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands under plans set out by the event’s organisers.

Executive supervisor Martin Osterdahl told the BBC it was “necessary” for participants to travel to Rotterdam.

“This isn’t a holiday trip, this is actually a job that needs to be done,” he said, adding that a decision had yet to be made on a possible live audience.

Last year’s event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The contest is due to take place in Rotterdam in May this year. Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won the competition in 2019 with the song Arcade.

Main Photo: An exterior view of the Ahoy Arena where the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is planned to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. EPA-EFE/SANDER KONING

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