Right now we’re in the calm before the storm. Because from Thursday we’ll enter a period of almost two weeks in which we’ll get more than half the songs for Eurovision 2021. But before that, it’s time to ask — who is your favourite Eurovision 2021 act so far?
Finland’s Blind Channel topped the last survey — can they hold on with fresh competition from Cyprus, Germany, Ireland and Slovenia?
You can listen to the four new entries below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting is open until Wednesday 3 February — the day before Jeangu Macrooy and Natalia Gordienko release their entries for the Netherlands and Moldova respectively.
Eurovision 2021 entries as of 28 February
Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou with “El Diablo”
Cyprus kicked off a four-day streak of internally selected song reveals on Wednesday. Elena Tsagrinou’s “El Diablo” premiered on an afternoon chat show. The Lady Gaga-esque bop quickly lit up the Twitter-sphere with even international pop stars having their say on the video. It also ruffled the feathers of Christian groups on the Mediterranean island. Elena is probably just thanking them all for the free publicity.
Germany’s Jendrik with “I Don’t Feel Hate”
After the slick cool pop of 2020’s “Violent Thing”, Germany’s gone a full 180 and delivered what will probably be one of the quirkiest entries in the 2021 contest. Jendrik’s “I Don’t Feel Hate” arrived on Thursday, complete with a six-minute music video featuring exploding washing machines and a human-sized middle finger. The song has been compared to marmite — you either love it or hate it.
Ireland’s Lesley Roy with “Maps”
Re-selected after 2020’s cancellation, Lesley Roy dropped her 2021 entry on Friday morning. Following on from “Story Of My Life”, “Maps” is another upbeat pop anthem. But this time the sound is more grown-up and current. Lesley has confirmed that her Rotterdam staging will be overseen by Fredrik “Benke” Rydman — the man behind Sweden’s “Heroes” staging in 2015.
Slovenia’s Ana Soklič with “Amen”
The latest addition to the Rotterdam roster came on Saturday evening, during Slovenia’s EMA 2021. For one year only, the annual event acted as a showcase rather than a competition. So while the country celebrated 60 years at the contest, last year’s winner Ana Soklič debuted “Amen” — her song for 2021. She’s parked the traditional sounds of “Voda” in favour of gospel and broadway elements.
- Albania: Anxhela Peristeri “Karma”
- Croatia: Albina “Tick-Tock”
- Czech Republic: Benny Cristo “Omaga”
- Finland: Blind Channel “Dark Side”
- France: Barbara Pravi “Voila”
- Israel: Eden Alene “Set Me Free”
- Lithuania: The Roop “Discoteque”
- Norway: TIX “Fallen Angel”
- Spain: Blas Cantó “Voy a quedarme”
- Ukraine: Go_A “SHUM”
Who is your favourite Eurovision 2021 act so far?
Which entry is your favourite? Can any of them win the contest in May? Let us know in the comments.