Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 due to coronavirus precautions, it is expected that the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in 2021.
This follows the last edition of the song contest, held in Tel Aviv in 2019. This contest was won by the Netherlands’ act Duncan Laurence with his song “Arcade”. Duncan gave the Netherlands their fifth Eurovision victory.
Where is Eurovision 2021 being held?
The EBU is sticking with the same host city and venue that were selected for 2020. Eurovision 2021 will be hosted in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in Ahoy Arena.
When will Eurovision 2021 be held?
The grand final of Eurovision 2021 will take place on 22 May 2021. The first semi-final will be on 18 May and the second semi will be on 20 May.
Who are the hosts of Eurovision 2021?
The shows will be hosted by Dutch stars Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and NikkieTutorials.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2021?
Eurovision 2021 will stick with the 2020 slogan “Open up”.
The 2020 logo has been revamped into a new concept for 2021. The logo is based around the geographic location of the capital cities of the participating countries, centred around Rotterdam.
Like the 2020 logo, the countries are represented by colours included in the flags of each country.
Florian Weider’s stage design from 2020 has been adapted for the 2021 show.
What are the semi-final allocations?
As the same countries are competing in 2021, the EBU has chosen to keep the same semi-final allocations as 2020. The running order, however, is different and is based on the 2021 songs and staging requirements.
What changes are being made to the Eurovision rules?
For Eurovision 2021, acts may use pre-recorded backing vocals. The EBU says this is a one-year trial for 2021, and is being done to help keep delegation numbers down.
Will the coronavirus Covid-19 affect Eurovision 2021?
Organisers have come up with four different scenarios to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will go ahead regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic. The shows will use a reduced audience of 3500, fully seated.
As a precaution, the EBU is requiring that all delegations record an “as live” performance of their entry. This will serve as a backup if, come May, the delegation is unable to travel to Rotterdam or is required to quarantine.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2021?
The EBU has confirmed that 39 countries will participate in Eurovision 2021. All 39 performers have been selected and 39 songs have been released.
🇦🇱 Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne – “Technicolour”
Broadcaster SBS has internally selected Montaigne as Australia’s artist for 2021. She will perform her internally selected song “Technicolour”. Due to the pandemic, the Australian delegation will not travel to Rotterdam and will instead compete with their live-on-tape performance.
🇦🇹 Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen”
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari”
Singer Samira Efendi been internally selected to Azerbaijan in the next edition of the song contest. Her internally selected song is titled “Mata Hari”.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place”
Following an agreement between Belgium’s two Eurovision broadcasters VRT and RTBF, Hooverphonic will return as the Belgian act for Eurovision 2021. Along with returning vocalist Geike Arnaert, the group will perform their song “The Wrong Place”.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: VICTORIA – “Growing Up is Getting Old”
Bulgaria’s 2020 act Victoria Georgieva — who performs as VICTORIA — has returned for 2021. She will perform her internally selected entry “Growing Up Is Getting Old”.
🇭🇷 Croatia: Albina – “Tick-Tock”
Croatia will be represented by Albina Grčić, who won the Croatian national final Dora from a field of 14 acts. Albina will compete with the song “Tick-Tock”.
🇨🇾 Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo”
Broadcaster CyBC has internally selected the Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou. She will sing the song “El Diablo”.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga”
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. He will sing the song “Omaga”.
🇩🇰 Denmark: Fyr og Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”
The Danish synth-pop duo Fyr og Flamme will represent Denmark with their song “Øve os på hinanden”. The duo won Denmark’s national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix among 12 competing acts.
🇪🇪 Estonia – Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
For the second year in a row, Uku Suviste has won Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul and will represent Estonia at Eurovision. His song for Rotterdam is “The Lucky One”.
🇫🇮 Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side”
The Finnish six-piece “violent pop” group Blind Channel won Finland’s national final UMK 2021. They will perform their song “Dark Side” in Rotterdam.
🇫🇷 France: Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”
Junior Eurovision 2020 songwriter Barbara Pravi will represent France in Rotterdam with her song “Voilà”. Barbara won the new French national final Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez from a field of 12 acts.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You”
Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia at the next edition of Eurovision. He was originally selected by winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol. Tornike’s song for Rotterdam is called “You” and it will be released later in March.
🇩🇪 Germany: Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate”
The German broadcasters ARD and NDR have internally selected the upcoming German singer Jendrik Sigwart. He will perform his song “I Don’t Feel Hate” at Eurovision.
🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance”
The Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis has been internally selected to represent Greece at Eurovision. She will sing “Last Dance”.
🇮🇸 Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years”
🇮🇪 Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Maps”
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free”
🇮🇹 Italy – Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
🇱🇻 Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising”
🇱🇹 Lithuania: THE ROOP – “Discoteque”
Lithuanian band THE ROOP will represent their country with “Discoteque” after winning the national final Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021.
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny – “Je Me Casse”
Broadcaster TVM has internally selected Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chunkunyere for Eurovision 2021. Destiny was originally headed for Eurovision 2020 after winning X Factor Malta. She will sing “Je Me Casse”.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar”
2020 national final winner Natalia Gordienko will return in 2021. She will perform the song “Sugar”.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age”
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. He will perform the song “Birth of a New Age”.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Vasil – “Here I Stand”
North Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV has internally selected Vasil Garvanliev to represent the country at Eurovision 2021, having previously being selected in 2020. He will perform the song “Here I Stand”.
🇳🇴 Norway: TIX – “Fallen Angel”
Norwegian pop singer/songwriter TIX (otherwise known as Andreas Haukeland) will represent Norway at Eurovision 2021. He won Norway’s national final Melodi Grand Prix with his song “Fallen Angel”.
🇵🇱 Poland: Rafał – “The Ride”
Broadcaster TVP has internally selected popular TV show Rafał Brzozowski. He will perform the synth-pop song “The Ride”.
🇵🇹 Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is on My Side”
The Portuguese group The Black Mamba will represent Portugal with their English-language song “Love Is on My Side”. The Black Mamba won Festival da Canção 2021 from a field of ten grand finalists.
🇷🇴 Romania: Roxen – “Amnesia”
🇷🇺 Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman”
Broadcaster Channel One — one of Russia’s two Eurovision broadcasters — is again organising Russia’s entry for Eurovision 2021. Manizha will represent Russia with “Russian Woman”, after winning a hastily organised national final.
🇸🇲 San Marino: Senhit – “Adrenalina”
The Italian singer Senhit will again represent San Marino at Eurovision. She previously competed at Eurovision 2011 and was due to return in 2020. She will sing “Adrenalina”, with the American rapper Flo Rida featuring on the studio version of the song.
🇷🇸 Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco”
Beovizija 2020 winners Hurricane have been internally selected to represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021. They will sing the internally selected song “Loco Loco” in Rotterdam.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Amen”
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. Her song for Eurovision 2021 is the gospel ballad “Amen”.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme”
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has invited back Blas Cantó to be Spain’s act in the next edition of Eurovision. He will sing the ballad “Voy a quedarme”, selected from a two-song national final Destino Eurovision.
🇸🇪 Sweden: Tusse – “Voices”
The singer Tusse Chiza will represent Sweden after winning the national final Melodifestivalen 2021. He will perform the song “Voices”.
🇨🇭 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers”
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A – “SHUM”
Electro-folk group Go_A were internally selected by broadcaster UA:PBC, after having previously won the 2020 national final. They will perform the song “SHUM” at Eurovision 2021, with the song selected by an expert jury. The song has been revamped into a new version for Eurovision.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom: James Newman – “Embers”
The BBC has internally selected the singer-songwriter James Newman who was also due to represent the UK in 2020. His song for Eurovision 2021 — which he has co-written — is “Embers”
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2021?
🇦🇩 Andorra: Broadcaster RTVA will not return to Eurovision, following a decision made by the Andorran government.
🇦🇲 Armenia: After previously confirming, broadcaster AMPTV later withdrew from Eurovision 2021 citing “the latest events, the shortness of production time as well as other objective reasons”.
🔴 Belarus: The EBU did not accept either of the two songs submitted by broadcaster BTRC as they were found to be in breach of contest rules. The EBU wrote, “As BTRC have failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May.”
🇲🇪 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Broadcaster BHRT will not return to Eurovision in 2021 due to ongoing financial issues.
🇭🇺Hungary: Broadcaster MTVA will hold its song contest A Dal in 2021, however it will again not be used as a Eurovision national final.
🇱🇺 Luxembourg: National broadcaster RTL will not participate at Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster says its focus is news rather than entertainment. As well, the cost of participation at Eurovision would be a financial strain on the broadcaster.
🇲🇨 Monaco: Broadcaster TMC has confirmed that Monaco will not return to Eurovision in 2021.
🇲🇪 Montenegro: Broadcaster RTCG has confirmed that Montenegro will not return to Eurovision in 2021. The broadcaster did not give a reason for their decision.
🇸🇰 Slovakia: Broadcaster RTVS has confirmed that Slovakia will not be returning to Eurovision in 2021, however they have not ruled out “future cooperation”.
🇹🇷 Turkey: The Turkish broadcaster has not made any comments about Eurovision 2021, however they were not included on the list of confirmed countries. To date, the Turkish broadcaster has not made any statement about Eurovision 2021.
Associate members of the EBU
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: While Kazakhstan broadcaster Khabar Agency competes at Junior Eurovision via a special invitation, the EBU says it has “no plans” to extend the invitation to Eurovision 2021.
Non-members of the EBU
🇽🇰 Kosovo: Broadcaster RTK does not currently meet membership criteria for joining the European Broadcasting Union. As a non-member, they are unable to compete at Eurovision. The EBU has also confirmed they have “no plans” to give Kosovo a special invitation to compete.
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein: The microstate has confirmed that it has no plans to join the EBU and participate at Eurovision. The small broadcaster 1FL TV has cited the associated costs as the reason for not joining.