The 2021 national final season presented us with 14 selections of varying size and ambition. This is less than normal, with several countries resting their annual shows after reselecting their 2020 entrants for 2021. However, France and Russia returned to national selections after a one and nine year break respectively.
But which Eurovision 2021 entry chosen in a national final is your favourite?
Eurovision 2021: The national selection season
Albania kicked off the season back in December with three nights of Festivali i Këngës. Two and a half months later, Sweden‘s Melodifestivalen brought the period to an end with Tusse’s victory.
France unveiled their new contest “C’est vous qui décidez” with a star-filled jury which featured the reigning Eurovison champion, Duncan Laurence.
To everyone’s surprise, Russia put together a national selection in less than a week. Manizha won the ticket to Rotterdam with “Russian Woman” on International Women’s Day.
Finland and Sweden held Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and Melodifestivalen as usual, and their 2020 entrants also took part. However, neither Aksel nor The Mamas were successful.
The Roop and Uku Suviste were luckier in Lithuania and Estonia, as they repeated their 2020 feat, winning Pabandom is Naujo and Eesti Laul.
Croatia, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Portugal held their usual national selections, without their 2020 entrants. Meanwhile, Israel and Spain held one-off shows to select songs fror Eden Alene and Blas Cantó.
Eurovision 2021 acts chosen through a national selection
The national selection winning entries are listed below in chronological order.
- Albania: Anxhela Peristeri “Karma”
- Israel: Eden Alene “Set Me Free”
- France: Barbara Pravi “Voilà”
- Lithuania: The Roop “Discoteque”
- Croatia: Albina “Tick Tock”
- Finland: Blind Channel “Dark Side”
- Norway: TIX “Fallen Angel”
- Spain: Blas Cantó “Voy a quedarme”
- Denmark: Fyr & Flamme “Øve os på hinanden”
- Estonia: Uku Suviste “The lucky one”
- Italy: Måneskin “Zitti e buoni”
- Portugal: The Black Mamba “Love is on my side”
- Russia: Manizha “Russian Woman”
- Sweden: Tusse “Voices”
Which one is your favourites among these entries? You can vote for as many songs as you want, but you can only vote once.
Which country made the best choice? Is the Eurovision 2021 winner in this group? Would have it been a better choice to go internal?