The EBU has confirmed that 41 countries will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. These are the same 41 countries that had planned to compete at Eurovision 2020.
The confirmed list brings an end to speculation over the two countries that had yet to publicly confirm: Belarus and the UK. Fans had worried that Belarus might withdraw because the broadcaster experienced staff changes following the political turmoil in Belarus.
Similarly, the BBC have been rather quiet. But the 2020 series of popular entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing debuted a month later than usual, meaning that the BBC’s publicity team has been busy promoting that show and may not have had time to focus on a Eurovision announcement.
Eurovision 2021: The 41 confirmed countries
Albanian broadcaster RTSH will use its long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës 59 to select the Albanian Eurovision again. The competing acts have been selected and will be revealed in coming weeks.
Broadcaster AMPTV has not yet said how it will select its act for Rotterdam. Last year it held national final Depi Evratesil, however in recent years, Armenia has also internally selected their act.
🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne
Broadcaster SBS has internally selected Montaigne as Australia’s artist for 2021. Her song will be internally selected. This also means that the regular national final Eurovision: Australia Decides has been paused for one year.
🇦🇹 Austria: Vincent Bueno
Austrian broadcaster ORF has invited back their 2020 internally selected singer, Vincent Bueno. It is most likely that his song will again be internally selected.
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Efendi
Azeri singer Samira Efendi has said that she will represent Azerbaijan in the next edition of the song contest. Efendi was originally internally selected to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2020. It is likely that her song for Rotterdam will also be internally selected.
Broadcaster BTRC has not yet publicly commented on their participation, other than to say that 2020 act VAL will not be invited back for 2021. Belarus usually selects their act with a national final.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic
Following an agreement between Belgium’s two Eurovision broadcasters VRT and RTBF, Hooverphonic will return as the Belgian act for Eurovision 2021. The group was originally internally selected to represent Belgium in 2020.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: VICTORIA
Broadcaster BNT has confirmed that Victoria Georgieva — who performs as VICTORIA — will return as their act at the next edition of Eurovision. She was originally internally selected for Bulgaria’s comeback at Eurovision 2020. Her song will likely be internally selected.
Broadcaster HRT will again use its national final Dora for 2021. The grand final will be held on 13 February. Dora 2020 winner Damir Kedžo will not automatically have a place, however HRT has said he is welcome to enter.
Broadcaster RIK (CyBC) has not given any details of its selection process for Eurovision 2021, however it has confirmed that 2020 act Sandro will not represent the country for a second year. The broadcaster is likely to internally select their act.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Benny Cristo
Broadcaster Česká Televize has internally selected Benny Cristo for the next edition of Eurovision. The popular singer — who also performs under his full name Ben Cristovao — had previously won the national final ESCZ 2020. It is not known how his song for Rotterdam will be selected.
Back in April, broadcaster DR spoke about the 2021 edition of its national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. However, at the time DR also said they would start planning the national final “only after the corona crisis is over” — something that is arguably still a long way off. To date, DR has not released any further details about DMGP 2021. The 2020 winners Ben & Tan have not been offered an automatic place in the contest, and the duo say they will not be entering for 2021.
Estonian broadcaster ERR will again use its national final Eesti Laul to select its act. Competing acts will be announced on 5 December, with the grand final scheduled for 6 March. 2020 winner Uku Suviste has been guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
Broadcaster YLE will again hold its national final UMK to select its next Eurovision act. The seven competing acts will be announced on 19 January with the grand final due to be held on 20 February. The 2020 winner Aksel has confirmed he will be submitting an entry.
For 2021, the French broadcaster will select their song using the new national final Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.France’s 2020 act Tom Leeb has confirmed he won’t return for 2021 due to other commitments.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia at the next edition of Eurovision. He was originally selected by winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
The German broadcasters ARD and NDR will again use their internal selection process, with a demographically selected jury and expert jury helping to decide their entry for Rotterdam. The broadcaster says that the door is open for 2020 act Ben Dolic, who intends to submit a song with “Violent Thing” songwriter Boris Milanov.
🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania
Greek broadcaster ERT says it intends to continue its partnership with Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis, who was to be the Greek act for Eurovision 2020. Her song will be internally selected.
🇮🇸 Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið
Broadcaster RÚV has invited back Söngvakeppnin 2020 winner Daði Freyr and his group Gagnamagnið. As his song will be internally selected, Iceland will not hold a 2021 edition of its national final.
Broadcaster RTÉ has not given any details about its participation in Eurovision 2021. However,in May, Ireland’s 2020 act Lesley Roy said that RTÉ had tentatively invited her back — but only if she manages to come up with the right song.
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene
Israel’s broadcaster KAN has invited back Eden Alene as Israel’s act for Eurovision 2021. She was originally selected as the winner of Israel’s 2020 national final. Her entry will be selected using a 16-song national final.
Broadcaster RAI has confirmed that the winner of the Sanremo Music Festival will have first refusal to represent Italy at Eurovision. Due to the pandemic, Sanremo will take place on a later date for 2021, with the grand final 6 March.
🇸🇲 Latvia: Samanta Tīna
Broadcaster LTV has invited back Supernova 2020 winner Samanta Tīna to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster has not said how her song will be selected, but it will not hold its usual national final Supernova.
In late March, broadcaster LRT said that Lithuania would again hold their national final Pabandom iš naujo and that 2020 winners THE ROOP would get a pass to the grand final. However, to date no details of the 2021 national final have been confirmed, nor has THE ROOP said if they will be competing.
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny
Broadcaster TVM internally selected Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chunkunyere for Eurovision 2021. Destiny was originally headed for Eurovision 2020 after winning X Factor Malta. The broadcaster has not yet said how her song for 2021 will be selected, however it is unlikely that TVM will hold a national final.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko
2020 act Natalia Gordienko has updated her Instagram bio to describe herself as Moldova’s act for Eurovision 2021. Media speculation suggests she’ll again be working with the same creative team from 2020.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS says they are “happy to continue the collaboration” with Jeangu Macrooy. The Suriname singer had previously been internally selected to represent the Netherlands in 2020. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
Broadcaster MKRTV has not given any details about how they will select their act for Rotterdam, however since 2016 they have always used internal selection.
Broadcaster NRK has will again host its national final Melodi Grand Prix. The grand final will take place on 20 February. 2020 artist Ulrikke has turned down the opportunity to compete again.
Broadcaster TVP has not yet said how it will select its act, nor if 2020 singer Alicja Szemplińska will get a return ticket to Rotterdam.
Broadcaster RTP will again use its long-running national final Festival da Canção. The winner of FdC will go to represent Portugal in Rotterdam.
🇷🇴 Romania: Roxen
Romanian broadcaster TVR has again internally selected 2020 act Roxen. The broadcaster has not said how Roxen’s song for Eurovision will be chosen. In 2020, her song was selected from five possible entries at a national final.
Broadcaster Channel One — one of Russia’s two Eurovision broadcasters — has confirmed they will again be organising Russia’s entry for Eurovision 2021. There’s no word on how the entry will be selected, but since 2013 Russia has internally selected its Eurovision act, usually with little fanfare before the artist announcement.
🇸🇲 San Marino: Senhit
The Italian singer Senhit will again represent San Marino at Eurovision. She previously competed at Eurovision 2011 and was due to return in 2020. Details of her song selection method have not been confirmed.
There’s no word on whether broadcaster RTS will use their national final Beovizija or internally select. Tabloid reports claiming that 2020 act Hurricane would represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021 were earlier refuted by the girl band themselves. Speaking to wiwibloggs in June, the group’s publicist said: “We do not yet have official information about this from [RTS].” They also said that they expected to know about Eurovision 2021 in “September or October”.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič
Broadcaster RTV SLO has internally selected Ana Soklič for Eurovision 2021. She had previously won EMA 2020 and was due to perform at Eurovision 2020. Song submissions have been accepted and RTV SLO are likely to hold some sort of national final to choose her song.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has invited back the singer Blas Cantó to be Spain’s act in the next edition of Eurovision. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
Broadcaster SVT has will again use its long-running national final Melodifestivalen to select its act for the next edition of Eurovision. The Melodifestivalen tour will not be held, with all shows instead filmed in a smaller Stockholm venue. Competing acts are expected to be announced in November, with the grand final scheduled for 13 March.
🇨🇭 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears
Gjon Muharremaj — who performs as Gjon’s Tears — will again represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2021. He was previously internally selected for Eurovision 2020. His song for Rotterdam will likely be internally selected.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A
Ukraine broadcaster UA:First has invited back 2020 national final winners Go_A. The broadcaster has not said how the group’s song will be selected or if national final Vidbir will be held in some form.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Atypically, the BBC has not yet commented on their participation for Eurovision 2021, though the broadcaster’s publicity team may currently be busy with Strictly Come Dancing. Last year BBC chose their act internally, though in recent years they have used a national final.
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