Eurovision 2021 is now only six months away. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Eurovision fans have had to wait longer than usual between contests. However, with Eurovision season almost upon us, Eurovision.tv have revealed major news regarding the semi-final draw for the upcoming contest.
Eurovision 2021: Semi-final allocations
We now know which semi-final each country will be performing in. The allocation draw for Eurovision 2020, which took place on January 28, will be maintained and utilised for Eurovision 2021. This means that the countries competing in each semi-final have not changed.
Countries which were drawn to perform in the first half of their respective semi-finals in 2020 will retain those spots for 2021. The same also holds true for countries which were drawn to perform in the second half of each semi-final. Furthermore, The Netherlands and the Big Five will also retain their draws when it comes to which semi-final they will vote in.
Back in October, the EBU revealed the list of participating countries, confirming the same 41 countries which would’ve participated in Eurovision 2020.
Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl explained the reasoning behind this decision. “With the same participating countries as last year, the Reference Group decided that it made sense for both ticket holders and for participating broadcasters to keep the same semi-final draws as 2020.”
Eurovision 2021: Semi-final 1 (18 May 2021)
- North Macedonia
Germany, Italy and The Netherlands will also vote in semi-final 1.
Eurovision 2021: Semi-final 2 (20 May 2021)
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
France, Spain and the United Kingdom will also vote in semi-final 2.
Eurovision 2021: Running order
While the allocation draw used for Eurovision 2020 will be retained, a new running order will be determined once all songs are revealed, as is traditionally the case every year.
In lieu of the traditional ceremony involving the allocation draw and host insignia exchange, Martin Österdahl also confirmed that they have “plenty more planned to build excitement ahead of the return of the Eurovision Song Contest next year”.
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