Eurovision 2021 just got a little bit closer. The EBU has confirmed the dates for Eurovision 2021. The grand final is set for Saturday 22 May 2021, with the semi-finals on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May. As previously confirmed, the event will take place at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena.
And with the dates for 2021 confirmed, work can begin on the show. The impact of Covid-19 means there are still many unknowns regarding the 2021 production, but the production team is considering all possibilities.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event, explained, “We now have a year to explore all scenarios in detail with the parties involved and to make the shows happen regardless of the circumstances, with adjustments if necessary. We still aim high!”
He also confirms that the stage design from Eurovision 2020 will finally be realised in 2021. “The stage will be carried over to next year, because that was already prepared. Apart from that, a lot depends on what is possible at that time, on the availability of all those involved and on what fits the spirit of 2021.”
This suggests that all other things planned for the 2020 show — including hosts and interval acts — could be different for 2021.
Eurovision 2021 show dates
Dates for the nine ticketed Eurovision 2021 shows have been confirmed:
- First semi-final jury rehearsal: Monday evening, 17 May 2021
- First semi-final family rehearsal: Tuesday afternoon, 18 May 2021
- First semi-final live show: Tuesday evening, 18 May 2021
- Second semi-final jury rehearsal: Wednesday evening, 19 May 2021
- Second semi-final family rehearsal: Thursday afternoon, 20 May 2021
- Second semi-final live show: Thursday evening, 20 May 2021
- Grand final jury rehearsal: Friday evening, 21 May 2021
- Grand final family rehearsal: Saturday afternoon, 22 May 2021
- Grand final live show: Saturday evening, 22 May 2021
Eurovision 2021 ticket refunds
Now that the dates for 2021 have been locked in, organisers are offering another window of opportunity for ticket refunds. Ticketholders who bought their tickets for the 2020 show may now apply for a refund if the 2021 show dates no longer suit.
The refund round is open now and will close on 29 June 2020 at 23.59 (CEST). See the official Eurovision FAQ for more information on the refund process.
Eurovision 2021 – Uncertainties
As with so many aspects of life at the moment, there remain many uncertainties surrounding next year’s contest.
The EBU earlier admitted that:
“Developments surrounding COVID-19 will clearly affect planning in the coming year for a complicated global broadcast with many international stakeholders. In this ever-changing and challenging environment, the EBU will, therefore, work with its Dutch Members and the City of Rotterdam to ensure the continuity of the event in a number of different scenarios.”
Shula Rijxman — the NPO Chairperson — said:
“Now more than ever it is important that we, as a public broadcaster, are committed to continuing this European tradition and are organizing a great event that people can look forward to during these difficult times. We will do everything in our power to arrange a very special Contest.”
Sietse Bakker — the event’s Executive Producer — added:
“Our team is proud and excited to look forward with renewed energy to organize a fantastic Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. Yes, with a sense of realism that fits with the times we live in, but also with ambition and creativity. We are looking forward to working with the entire Eurovision family to make it happen.”
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