After a year off, Eurovision is back! Thirty-nine acts will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, but there can only be one winner. To help you make an informed decision about where to cast your vote, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has previewed and reviewed each of this year’s acts. It’s hard work being honest, but somebody has to do it.

Our jury consists of 22 jurors who hail from Australia, Colombia, Germany, Iceland, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, the United States and Venezuela. We are truly international, y’all!

Each juror assesses each song independently and then awards each song a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores are then dropped to determine the Wiwi Jury average.

Reviews were made in March 2021 and are based on available versions of the songs at that time. As always, Wiwi Jury reviews will not be changed to reflect new information from pre-party performances or the Eurovision rehearsals.

Eurovision 2021 reviews and rankings

  1. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers” (8.77)
  2. France: Barbara Pravi – “Voilà” (8.73)
  3. Malta: Destiny – “Je me casse” (8.39)
  4. San Marino: Senhit – “Adrenalina” (8.2)
  5. Lithuania: The Roop – “Discoteque” (7.89)
  6. Italy: Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni” (7.7) *
  7. Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Maps” (7.7)
  8. Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El diablo” (7.45)
  9. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years” (7.39)
  10. Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side” (7.34)
  11. Ukraine: Go_A – “SHUM” (7.32)
  12. Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman” (7.18)
  13. Sweden: Tusse – “Voices” (7.14)
  14. Bulgaria: Victoria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old” (7.09)
  15. Romania: Roxen – “Amnesia” (6.95)
  16. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar” (6.93)
  17. Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age” (6.86)
  18. Australia: Montaigne – “Technicolour” (6.84)
  19. Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance” (6.82) *
  20. United Kingdom: James Newman – “Embers” (6.82)
  21. Croatia: Albina – “Tick-Tock” (6.75)
  22. Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari” (6.57)
  23. Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free” (6.45)
  24. Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising” (6.34)
  25. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga” (6.16) *
  26. Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place” (6.16)
  27. Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco” (6.09)
  28. Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma” (5.89) *
  29. Norway: Tix – “Fallen Angel” (5.89)
  30. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme” (5.34)
  31. Germany: Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate” (5.14)
  32. Estonia: Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One” (5.07)
  33. Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen” (4.89)
  34. Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Amen” (4.84) *
  35. Denmark: Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden” (4.84)
  36. Poland: Rafał – “The Ride” (4.5)
  37. Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is on My Side” (4.32)
  38. North Macedonia: Vasil – “Here I Stand” (4.05)
  39. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You” (3.82)

Tiebreak winners are indicated with an asterisk (*)

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Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

So here’s my (late) post-Eurovision 2021 review. I’ll follow Tibor’s lead and separate the entries in groups. Starting it with my winners. In early March, I had a clear top 6, that eventually became a top 6 + an honorable mention (I was still fighting to connect with “Tout l’Univers” while “Russian Woman” skyrocketed to my heart) and right now, almost 3 weeks after the contest, I see a group as my clear personal top 9: Ukraine, Italy, France, Russia, Lithuania, Iceland, Switzerland, Romania and the Netherlands. For the 2nd year in a row, countries that got my highest grade during… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

From now on, I’ll (do my best to) keep things short(er). My 2nd group has the entries I also really like: Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland and Australia. Special kudos to Belgium, that played all the right cards and satisfied in every single aspect with their performance. Bulgaria also did a brilliant job with staging and the song has undeniable quality, though it still hasn’t nearly touched me as “Tears Getting Sober” still does. Both countries have been bringing quality to Eurovision and I love their “dark” approach. To be fair, Lesley’s performance was probably my biggest disappointment in 2021. The staging… Read more »

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Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

As a final note, I’ll address Malta‘s strange situation. I haven’t mentioned it as an entry I’ll remember with joy, even if I would still place it higher than some that got that distinction. Destiny’s vocals were great as expected, the track is pretty enjoyable (I never jumped to the next one while listening to it) and the whole thing actually looked nice on TV (even if it wasn’t an inspirated work by SJB). But with all that nonsensical pre-contest hype, I can’t help but feeling underwhelmed. For now, this entry leaves a “stepmom trying too hard to buy my… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I read it all, and enjoyed your thoughts, Sabrina.
I agree about Malta. It’s objectively a good song, but I guess the excessive effort makes it less impactful. It’s a paradox. 😉 Same song, with the same performer, even with the same lyrics, would’ve been more impactful if they loosened it up just a bit. In the right context, this could’ve felt really playful. Imagine it playing in a feminist musical film. 🙂

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Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

May this be a lesson for Malta or any other country that decide to try the hype game. Being the frontrunner already comes with some overexposure. Sure, Duncan and Netta became automatic favorites to win, but I don’t remember they trying too hard to remind us over and over about it. And I’m not even getting into the biggest issue, the possibility that they became a frontrunner by manipulating the odds. Destiny will have another chance, and this time I hope her delegation just trust her talent and let she have a more spontaneous experience.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

My strong top nine are:

  • SWITZERLAND – Gjon is so far the only person to win my personal list on two separate occasions. 🙂
  • UKRAINE – Just epic!
  • FRANCE – Shivers!
  • ITALY – Deserving winners!
  • BULGARIA – Beautiful song with deep emotions.
  • BELGIUM – Classy, dark, and stunning!
  • RUSSIA – A big grower and an incredibly powerful song!
  • ROMANIA – An imperfect performance, but a very strong song.
  • NORWAY – Another grower with a surprisingly emotional impact on me.
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Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Not a lot to disagree about with you, Sabrina, we have the same biggest grower (and it still baffles me that it’s Serbia for both of us), and although I still don’t listen to “Zitti e buoni”, I was so happy that Italy won this year. It was such a great performance, and Italy deserved to win for such a long time now, that it didn’t even bother me, that it happened with a style I usually don’t listen to. For me, it was first and foremost the triumph of Sanremo. If you imagine, that Måneskin didn’t even crack my… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

I was already expecting “Loco Loco” to grow on me, because it’s that kind of entry that needs an specific party mood, but I’m also surprised about how satisfying it was. I guess we both felt like that because the Eurovision typical bops are getting more and more slick and calculated, sacrificing energy and charisma during the process (Elena being the recent exception, since “Fuego” was probably my “Loco Loco” from 2018). And yes, Maneskin winning was the triumph of Sanremo. And also a sign that Amadeus’ efforts on bringing more youth to the contest would pay off. I imagine… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

I apologize for being a few days late, as I was really busy, and am happy that Tibor broke the ice, and that Darren continued. I read your reviews with care, and I really appreciate reading your honest opinions. 🙂 I am looking forward to more people hopefully joining in. It is always hard for me to sort out my ratings, especially in the middle. This is why re-tweaks happen every now and then. This was quite a strong year, with only a few weak songs (much less than 2020). In fact, most of them deserve *some* credit, whether in… Read more »

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Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

For some reason, it double-pasted my first three paragraphs, so when you are done reading part 1-3, skip all the way down to see part 4. If I had noticed it before the time for re-editing expired, I would’ve fixed it.
Also, I am still re-tweaking my *ratings* (4-5 songs I am still assessing), but I hope to post it in a couple of days as well. Take care, everyone! 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

“Love is on my side” was one of the few songs that we had already heard live several times, before it was even selected. So I’m a little surprised to read that their live won you over – it was never really an issue and didn’t dramatically improve from FdC to Rotterdam. For me, this song hasn’t budged an inch: It was never my style, but it was always competently performed, so I always saw the possibility for it to find an audience.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s not only the way they performed (although I liked it better at the semi than I did at FdC), but the way it connected with me. In the end, like Vanja from Montenegro said back in 2018, the music is a feeling, and you either feel it or you don’t. You can be objectively aware of how technically perfect or faulty something is, but it’s your gut that has the final say when it comes to your musical taste. Before, I just couldn’t connect. Now, I kinda can, and I appreciate it more. I still have the issue with… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Besides the benefits that great staging brought to it (I thought it was especially effective how they gave it a 2nd act, so the visuals would stop people from noticing the song wasn’t going anyhwere new), I believe the environment in Eurovision ironically helped The Black Mamba. In FdC, they were just one more act doing classy sub-dued music. Even the fact they were singing in English was neutralized, since all eyes were on NEEV. In Eurovision, they became “the cool uncles” without all their cool nephews and nieces around.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

Okay, I guess I’ll kick off our final revisiting round of Eurovision 2021 then. As you know, I don’t rate songs, so I’ll just go through my clusters and talk a little bit about my thoughts after the results are now in. I’ll start with my top 10, which coincide with the songs I actually liked and listend to before the contest. They were: Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Australia, Lithuania, Ireland and the Netherlands. I still like all of these studio cuts, but I have to say that several of the live performances fell flat, Benny Cristo… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Next up is the group of songs I liked but didn’t really listen to in the studio cut. They were Iceland, Italy, Finland, Latvia and the United Kingdom. Of these five, Italy and Iceland have solidified their status: I still don’t really listen to them, but in the voting sequence, I was rooting very hard for Måneskin. Their live perfromance was flawless, as was Daði’s and also Blind Channel’s. The thing is that I have grown a little weary of “Dark Side”. I understand why and always thought that it would do well, but to be fair, it’s musically not… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Next up is the vast group of entries I was (and for the most part still am) indifferent about. I’ll only talk about those for which this has changed in one direction or the other. The cluster consists of Switzerland, San Marino, Slovenia, Belgium, Malta, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Greece, France, Moldova, Albania and (borderline) Sweden. Biggest growers in this tier are Switzerland and San Marino. Gjon really sang “Tout l’univers” flawlessly, the composition bothered me less and less with every time I heard him sing the song, although I still think it should be at least half a minute longer.… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Last category was my bottom tier of songs I didn’t really like. It consisted of Serbia, Georgia, North Macedonia, Estonia, Austria, Norway, Poland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Denmark. The one entry that really rose in my appreciation due to the live performance was “Loco Loco”, which I’d now put in my “I like”-category. This just works on stage, the hair flips were a little overdone – so was the amount of hair in general – but Hurricane looked like Marvel superheroines about to save the world with their singing. The studio cut of this track still sounds cheap and a… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Overall, it was good to see how the public was gravitating towards songs that weren’t for the most part ready-made. My only concern still is, that when it comes to pop, its more modern variety tended to stay in the semis: Australia, Romania and Czech Republic should have qualified solely based on the quality of their songs, for different reasons they didn’t. Particularly the juries giving songs like “El Diablo”, “Mata Hari” or “Sugar” a push is something that still has to change, but looking at the results I’m optimistic and other than that, I was rather pleased with the… Read more »

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I’ll go next then: Before Eurovision, my top 10 was: 1. Bulgaria 2. Switzerland 3. San Marino 4. Ukraine 5. Ireland 6. Iceland 7. Australia 8. Cyprus 9. Sweden 10. France With honourable mentions to Italy, Russia and Czech Republic. So, the contest came and went. Ireland finished last, which was totally undeserved in my opinion. While we where probably heading for an NQ, I think last place was incredibly harsh when you see what don’t better in that semi. But I’m not surprised really judging by the comments in the Ireland live on tape article. There was many good… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but national languages do not reign supreme, still half the top 10 consists of songs in English. And i don’t think that’s dramatic, if it’s an artistic choice. But I do hope the days when a broadcaster was forcing a manufactured song with lyrics in poor English onto an artist who clearly has only a basic knowledge of the language are now fading.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I was asking myself if we would do the same post-contest review this year and it seems I missed a memo. I’m having a boring night and I guess I’ll contribute with mine, even risking the fact nobody will end up reading it this late on the process. 😀

Kristian
Kristian
2 months ago

So amongst the Wiwi favourites only Ireland and Romania are precariously placed .

Nya
Nya
2 months ago

I also think France will win tbh

Ian
Ian
2 months ago

Greece is tooo low

Chrysss
Chrysss
2 months ago

Greece so so so so underrated in this year’s wiwijury, this is sad actually!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
2 months ago

Wow, Greece is SO SO underrated

ESC Australia
3 months ago

Just wondering, how do you resolve the tiebreakers?

NickC
NickC
2 months ago

Robin would you mind sharing the average score of all songs for this year? And last 5 years?

Iancu
Iancu
3 months ago

Update the top please:(

Danni
Danni
3 months ago

I am excited for the Wiwi Jury!!!!!