SVT and EBU assure press there will be no fake applause
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – The big issue with the anti-booing system used last year to cover the views against Polina Gagarina due to the Russian aggression in Ukraine will not be used this year SVT assures the press. The pre-recorded applause which was used to cover the live audience reactions was not welcomed by the fans and the viewers, not to mention the media.
The issue was even brought to the Swedish parliament after the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The PM Bengt Eliasson required the Minister of Culture, Alice Bah Kuhnke, to ensure that the censorship would not be repeated in Sweden in May 2016.
SVT’s CEO, Hanne Stjärne said to Aftonbladet newspaper that the broadcaster wants to make an authentic show and will not censor any of the show parts. SVT’s executive producer of Eurovision 2016, Martin Österdahl confirms the information.
EBU’s Jon Ola Sand explained that ORF (broadcaster of Eurovision 2015) used pre-recorded applause to cover up the sound between songs, and it’s a common production method. It has nothing to do with censorship. They use a “sweetener” which is the sound of applause between songs, but it was never used as censorship.