Icelandic delegation will miss Turquouise Carpet Ceremony after positive Covid-test

Daði og Gagnamagnið, Iceland, Eurovision 2021
Daði og Gagnamagnið, Iceland, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 10 May 2021 — EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

One person with the Icelandic delegation has tested positive during the scheduled routine Covid-19 testing procedures. The EBU confirms this news, however has not confirmed which member of the delegation tested positive.

As a result of this, the Icelandic delegation will not attend the Turqoise Carpet event on Sunday the 16th of May. Everyone in the Icelandic delegation has gone into quarantaine and will take a PCR-test today.

Destiny and Roxen will also go into quarantine

Yesterday, a member of the Polish delegation tested positive for Covid. Since Poland and Iceland are staying in the same hotel, the two other delegations in that hotel will also go into quarantine. This means Destiny from Malta and Roxen from Romania will not attend the Turquoise Carpet Ceremony. All four delegations will undergo a PCR-test to confirm possible other cases.

The two positive tests come after EBU and host country Netherlands have managed to keep the virus out of Ahoy for nearly 6 weeks.

Sietse Bakker Event Supervisor Eurovision 2021What could happen if a Eurovision act cannot perform due to Covid infection(s)?

ESCDaily spoke to Sietse Bakker about the potential scenarios if a delegation cannot perform due to Covid infection(s).

If one of the Eurovision singers gets infected during next week, they do not have to use their previously recorded back-up tape. According to Event Supervisor Sietse Bakker, every country may choose a rehearsal runthrough instead.

In other words, the choice is fully up to the delegation.

You can find clips of the rehearsals from Semi Final 1 and Semi Final 2 on ESCDaily.