Eurovision 2021 confirmed acts 21 June

After five months of ups and downs, it’s now 1 September — the date from which confirmed or potential Eurovision entries can be released without fear of disqualification. It’s also the de facto start of the Eurovision 2021 season, but compared to previous years, we already have a lot to get excited about. So let’s take a look at what we know so far about Eurovision 2021.

As of 1 September, 19 countries have provisionally invited back their 2020 acts for another attempt in 2021. In some cases, the act will face a national final to select their songs, in other cases their song will be selected internally.

Eurovision 2021 confirmed acts

As of 1 September, the following countries have provisionally confirmed their artists for Eurovision 2021.

  1. Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
  2. Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
  3. Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
  4. Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
  5. Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
  6. Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 14 May)
  7. Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
  8. Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
  9. Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
  10. Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
  11. Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
  12. Moldova – Natalia Gordienko (confirmed 15 July)
  13. The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
  14. Romania – Roxene (confirmed 31 March)
  15. San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
  16. Slovenia -Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
  17. Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
  18. Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
  19. Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)

Some broadcasters will internally select their artist’s song, while others will hold a national final to select one song from a number of candidates.

Eurovision 2021: New artists

A number of Eurovision 2020 acts won’t be returning to Eurovision 2020.

The following list is not conclusive:

  • Norway: Ulrikke will not sing for Norway at Eurovision 2021. NRK has decided to continue with its annual Melodi Grand Prix selection show, again using six shows. The “Attention” singer was offered a wildcard spot in the final, but she declined. “I had a dream that they would send me next year, but that was not the case. I am very sorry and disappointed with that decision, but that was the way it was.”
  • Portugal: According to Elisa, Portugal will not change its usual selection method for 2021. This means that she would have to win Festival da Canção first. Portuguese broadcaster RTP has not yet confirmed the news, and Marta Carvalho, who wrote “Medo de Sentir”, hasn’t either. Instead, the singer sent a direct message to her followers on Instagram, writing: “Hello! Me and Marta won’t go to Eurovision 2021”.

Eurovision 2021: Potential new artists

Some artists will use their regular selection method. In some cases, the Eurovision 2020 artist has the possibility of entering again.

The following list is not conclusive:

  • Albania: The long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës has been confirmed for 2020. While RTSH hasn’t confirmed it Albania will participate at Eurovision 2020, FiK has always previously doubled as Albania’s Eurovision selection. There’s no word on whether FiK58 winner Arilena Ara will return for another shot this year.
  • Croatia: Media reports suggest that broadcaster HRT has committed to holding a 2021 edition of its national final Dora. A local newspaper reports that HRT has already booked the Opatija venue that is the current home of Dora. But with this news comes uncertainty whether Dora 2020 winner Damir Kedžo will be involved with the 2021 national final.

Eurovision 2021: Declarations of interest from artists

Some broadcasters are yet to confirm their selection method for 2021, however various 202o artists have expressed interest in returning to Eurovision.

The following list is not conclusive:

  • Belarus: On Instagram, VAL wrote “We hope that every artist who was chosen to represent their country this year will make it to the next Eurovision”. This number would obviously include the duo.
  • Ireland: Speaking on Irish radio, Lesley Roy said “I don’t know what is happening. I am so passionate about this project and so devastated, but I will gladly spend the next six months writing a new song for next year.” In an interview with Wiwibloggs, Lesley added that Ireland’s HoD believes it would be right for her to return to the song contest in 2021 — if she has the right song.
  • Poland: Replying to a fan on Instagram, Alicja Szemplinska wrote, “I would be thrilled if I could participate in [Eurovision 2021] and represent Poland!”.
  • Russia: Little Big’s front-man Ilia Prusikin has stated he would very much be up for competing at the contest in 2021. While acknowledging that there remains much uncertainty, he said: “If it’s us, then I’m totally up for it”.

Eurovision 2021: Reviewing the situation

And some broadcasters are still thinking about things.

The following list is not conclusive:

What else is happening with Eurovision 2021?

This time, we know a lot more about the upcoming Eurovision than we would in most years. Largely, the 2021 production is keeping simple and sticking with a lot of things already decided in 2020.

The contest will again be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in Ahoy Arena. The dates have been confirmed for 18, 20 and 22 May 2021.

Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley are set to return as hosts, as will the online host NikkieTutorials.

The 2020 stage design — by German designed Florian Weider — will be used in 2021. The 2020 logo and slogan appear to also be part of the 2021 package.

Eurovision 2021 will have a major change to on-stage performances. Acts will now be allowed to use pre-recorded backing vocals. This is a one-year trial and is being done to keep delegation numbers down.

The Covid-19 pandemic is also being kept in mind. Organiser are planning different scenarios that aim to cover potential situations that may arise closer to the date. While it can’t be guaranteed that Eurovision 2021 will be the usual arena extravaganza with a packed audience, show organisers have said that while things may be scaled down, it won’t end up being an “at home” contest.

What happens next?

While nothing specific happens on 1 September, over the coming months we can expect to get more details about national finals, internal selections, artists, songs and of course the very first confirmed song for Eurovision 2021.

The next important date will likely be sometime in mid-October at the Head of Delegations meeting. This is the deadline for broadcasters to withdraw from the contest without penalty. After this meeting, the EBU usually releases the confirmed list of competing broadcasters for the upcoming Eurovision.

What do you think? What are you most looking forward to in the Eurovision 2021 season? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Craigeemac
Craigeemac
13 days ago

Montaigne has previously stated that she has a song ready for EV 2021, but that it is “sick” and she wants to run it by her management. I cannot wait to hear what she has come up with.

Last edited 13 days ago by Craigeemac
Demi Lovato's Arm
Demi Lovato's Arm
16 days ago

Athena and Lesley must return

Mark
Mark
16 days ago

Looking at eurovision.tv the slogan for 2021 seems to be changed to “open up again” instead of “open up”

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
16 days ago

I really hope Iceland internally selects Dadi. It’d be really unwise for them to do otherwise. They can still have their national final, all the songs would just be his.

Stevan
Stevan
16 days ago

Hurricane stated multiple times that they want to go to ESC 2021. Hopefully RTS picks them internally 🙂

Mitch
Mitch
17 days ago

RTS officially announced today that Serbia will participate at ESC 2021. It’s still unclear if they will choose Hurricane or go on with Beovizija…

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
17 days ago

Happy new season! ^^ Will be very exciting 😀 I’m most looking forward to one-artist nfs like Israel will organize 😀

Kazakhstan is europe
Kazakhstan is europe
17 days ago

VAL will probably not represent belarus because of their support of the protests in Belarus. The state will find an artist who either didnt mention the protests, or supported the government

Darren
Darren
17 days ago

Glad to see most things carrying over from ESC 20, the theme of ‘Open Up’ will be needed and relevant so much more.

At the moment though I can’t see Australia participating unless some big radical breakthrough happens. The country is sealed off for international travel at the moment until atleast early 2021. I think alongside Australia, we might get some European countries stepping back too.

But it’s best to remain positive and I’m glad that ESC 21 will be happening in some way. Bring it on, I’m so ready to ESC back in my life.

Nathan de Souza
Nathan de Souza
17 days ago

Reportedly Australia has pulled out.

Ashton
Ashton
16 days ago

Since when? There is no news about that at all.

Ashton
Ashton
16 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

um crap I may have jinxed it :/ Montaigne says she is a bit uncertain but I am still hoping for the best

Nick
Nick
16 days ago

We pulled out of Junior Eurovision 2020. Not Big ESC 2021.

Whisker
Whisker
17 days ago

If they confirm James Newman and Diodato I am going to do something crazy good.

Una
Una
17 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I love this comment.

Yudhistira Mahasena
17 days ago

Just for fun, as a K-pop fan, I always have an imagination of K-pop artists singing in Eurovision as a representative. For now, I still have the imagination of Source Music’s G-Friend (also written as GFriend or, according to Soompi, GFRIEND) representing Montenegro next year, if they return and RTCG invites them. However, since their latest release, “Apple”, was released before September 1, 2020, they might as well look for a new song, entirely in English.

Ashton
Ashton
17 days ago

why??? they are not in any respect Montenegrin?

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
17 days ago

I think the girls from Hurricane are most likely returning. RTS didn’t open the completion for a songs for Beovizija. They mainly open it in summer, usually August, and it lasts till October/November. Even if they open it now, they wouldn’t have time to make preparations for the contest.
It’s really annoying how silent RTS has been this whole time. At least say something!

Martin
17 days ago

Natalia Gordienko needs a green tick 😉

Una
Una
17 days ago
Reply to  Martin

On her picture with the 2020 artists, that is.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
17 days ago

Countries that still haven’t announced about their artists: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia and UK.

My predictions:
Will be selected: Athena, Lesley, Hurricane
Won’t be selected: Arilena, Dadi, Diodato, Elisa
Hard to predict: Vasil, Alicja, Little big, James
*about val it mostly depends on lukashenkos status in 2021, If he remains as the prime minister val won’t be selected because val are also protesting against him

Darren
Darren
17 days ago

I’d say if Ireland do participate, they will pick Lesley Roy and I imagine they will get ThisIsPopBaby back to do the staging.

Alex
Alex
17 days ago

I hope that Iceland selects Dadi because his song was likely this biggest change of winning in a long time so I would think they would want him to represent them again.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
17 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Actually I think that dadi won’t go next year because he has a tour in march-april, which is the time for preparing to eurovision and with having a tour on mind, I don’t think dadi will have enough time to prepare to eurovision

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
17 days ago

Can’t wait for 20 songs about being separated but still together somehow.

Darren
Darren
17 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Winner will be BLM inspired, calling it now.
After every big push by a societal movement, we have gotten an ESC winner claiming to have been inspired by it.

Erasmus
Erasmus
17 days ago
Reply to  Darren

don’t think so, the movement will probably die till Eurovision commences.

Una
Una
17 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Darren, could you please give some examples? I went over winners in the past 10 years and nothing that resembles that IMO.

123
123
17 days ago
Reply to  Darren

How is a political movement in the US relevant to Europe?

Cameron
Cameron
17 days ago
Reply to  123

It’s not just in USA, it’s massive here in UK too

123
123
16 days ago
Reply to  Cameron

Why though?

Cameron
Cameron
16 days ago
Reply to  123

Because we have got big issues surrounding the slave trade and racial inequality here

Nikko
Nikko
17 days ago

Happy ESC season!

FanESC
FanESC
17 days ago

I just can’t wait for my country’s national final (France). After Destination Eurovision, I have high expectations but I want to be confident.

Kim
Kim
17 days ago

I wouldn’t get too excited about all the countries that have confirmed for 2021 will participate. The Australian government is saying no overseas travel until mid 2021 narrowly missing Eurovision. QANTAS is saying no international flights until about the same time. Exemptions to leave the country are almost impossible to get we have Hollywood actors in Oz who can’t leave and had been stuck here since whatever project they were doing closed down because of Covid( Zac Efron & Kate Walsh ) You can’t even go to a relatives funeral overseas. Montaigne being able to go to a singing contest… Read more »

James
James
17 days ago
Reply to  Kim

So Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are still in Australia?

Tibor
Tibor
17 days ago

What I’m looking forward to most in ESC season 2021 are the multi-artist national finals. Moreover I hope that I will be surprised by at least some of the internally selected artists and that they will give us more out of the box entries than last year. Perhaps the fact that they don’t have to survive a pre-selection will make some of them more daring. I try to stay positive, but my greatest fear is that 2021 will become some sort of 2020 sequel. Because when has a sequel last been more exciting than the original?

Ashton
Ashton
17 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

imagine if we got an uber-experimental stylish avant-garde song from the likes of uku suviste or an ethnic pop banger from ana soklic. that would be very interesting to see tbh

Tibor
Tibor
17 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

I’m honestly not counting on it, but if the flood of internal selections would lead to a little more musical spunk, I’d be all for it and the 2020 cancellation would definitely have had an upside in retrospect. 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
17 days ago

Excited to see the national finals, because it’s cool to see some new artists, and to see how each different countries deal with their shows on tv in terms of production, stagings, special effects and how they are involved in Eurovision. The internal selections remove some fun for the eurofans. But fortunately we have classical national finals, especially from the nordic countries, but I’m curious to see what Israel, France, Germany will do the last year as it will be some new formats it seems, maybe others countries will make a national finals too to select a song for an… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by Esc addict
Boozyfloozy86
Boozyfloozy86
17 days ago

Missed the UK off?

Esc addict
Esc addict
17 days ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy86

True, UK belongs to the declarations of interest from artists category after the last posts and statements of James.

Last edited 17 days ago by Esc addict
Will rimes
16 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Game over