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.
Eurovision 2021 confirmed acts so far
We’re updating this list as the acts roll in. Scroll down for further details.
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 14 May)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
- Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
- The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxene (confirmed 31 March)
- San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
- Slovenia -Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
Where is Eurovision 2021 being held?
The EBU and the three Dutch broadcasters — NPO, NOS and AVROTROS — intend for Eurovision 2021 to go ahead in the Netherlands. Rotterdam will be the host city once again.
According to official sources, preparations are already underway for next year’s event to be staged in the Ahoy arena — the same venue that was due to house the 2020 contest.
When will Eurovision 2021 be held?
The EBU’s current line is that Eurovision will take place in “the spring of 2021”. This has raised some eyebrows, given that Eurovision has come to be traditionally associated with the month of May. In its early years, the contest hopped back and forth between March, April and May. However, in recent decades it has always been May. The last time this was not the case was in 1994 when the final took place on 30 April.
Organisers are reluctant to set a date as there are many events — both national and international — which will also be due to take place in the same period.
Dates are set to be announced “in the coming weeks”.
Who are the hosts of Eurovision 2021?
The three show hosts — Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley are set to return. Speaking to wiwibloggs before Eurovision: Shine A Light, Edsilia confirmed that they will be back for 2021. Online host NikkieTutorials also told wiwibloggs that she’ll be back next year.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2021?
The Rotterdam 2021 announcement was accompanied by the existing “open up” slogan. It would seem that the logo will also be retained — headers on the official Eurovision social media accounts have already been updated for 2021, complete with the 2020 branding. However, that logo is designed around the 41 competing countries of Eurovision 2020, which suggests it could be updated for 2021.
Will the coronavirus COVID-19 affect Eurovision 2021?
Organisers stress that the health of participants, employees and visitors is paramount. Accordingly, the EBU and the Dutch broadcasters have committed to working closely with the Dutch health authorities. Together, they will map out the impact of coronavirus on the 2021 contest. Their intention is to “ensure the 2021 Contest can take place in circumstances that protect the health and safety of everyone attending the event”.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2021?
So far, no participating countries have been officially confirmed for the next edition of Eurovision. However, 26 countries have provisionally expressed their intention to participate. To date, 18 performers have been tentatively confirmed, all 2020 acts who have been invited back.
Countries are not able to reuse their 2020 songs. The usual 1 September rule means that songs for 2021 aren’t able to be revealed until after this spring deadline at the earliest.
🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne
Broadcaster SBS has internally selected Montaigne as Australia’s artist for 2021. Her song will be internally selected. This also means that national final Eurovision: Australia Decides has been paused for one year.
🇦🇹 Austria: Vincent Bueno
Austrian broadcaster ORF has confirmed that it will participate in the next edition of Eurovision. As well, they have invited back their internally selected singer for 2020, Vincent Bueno.
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Efendi
Azeri singer Samira Efendi has said that she will represent Azerbaijan in the next edition of the song contest. Efendi was originally internally selected to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2020.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic
Following an agreement between Belgium’s two Eurovision broadcasters VRT and RTBF, Hooverphonic will return as the Belgian act for Eurovision 2021. The group was originally internally selected to represent Belgium in 2020.
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: VICTORIA
Broadcaster BNT has confirmed that Victoria Georgieva — who performs as VICTORIA — will return as their act at the next edition of Eurovision. She was originally internally selected for Bulgaria’s comeback at Eurovision 2020.
Broadcaster RIK (CyBC) has not given any details of its selection process for Eurovision 2021, however it has confirmed that 2020 act Sandro will not represent the country for a second year.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Benny Cristo
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 and was due to perform at Eurovision 2020 with his song “Kemama”. He will take a different song to Eurovision 2021.
Broadcaster DR has confirmed that they will hold the regular national final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The 2020 winners Ben & Tan have not been offered an automatic place in the contest, and the duo say they will not be entering for 2021.
Estonian broadcaster ERR has provisionally confirmed that it will compete in the next edition of Eurovision. The broadcaster will again use its national final Eesti Laul to select its act. ERR says that Uku Suviste — who was due to represent Estonia in 202o — will be guaranteed a place in Eesti Laul, however he will need to enter a new song.
Broadcaster YLE has confirmed that it will again hold its national final UMK to select its next Eurovision act. The 2020 winner Aksel has not been given an automatic pass to the national final, however he has confirmed he will be submitting an entry.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
The Eurovision Georgia Facebook page reports that Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia at the next edition of Eurovision. He was originally selected by winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol and was to have represented Georgia at Eurovision 2020 with “Take Me As I Am”.
🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania
Greek broadcaster ERT says it intends to continue its partnership with Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis, who was to be the Greek act for Eurovision 2020. Stefania has responded positively to the offer on her Instagram.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ has tentatively confirmed its participation in the next edition of Eurovision. The broadcaster has not confirmed any deals about their selection process.
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene
Israel’s broadcaster KAN has confirmed that Eden Alene will return as Israel’s act for Eurovision 2021. She was originally selected as the winner of Israel’s 2020 national final.
🇸🇲 Latvia: Samanta Tīna
Broadcaster LTV has confirmed that Supernova 2020 winner Samanta Tīna has been internally selected to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster has not confirmed how her song will be selected, but it will not hold its usual national final Supernova.
Broadcaster LRT will again hold its national final Pabandom iš naujo. 2020 winners THE ROOP have been offered a direct pass to the grand final. The group is yet to confirm their participation.
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny
Broadcaster TVM has confirmed that they have internally selected Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chunkunyere for Eurovision 2021. Destiny was originally headed for Eurovision 2020 after winning X Factor Malta. The broadcaster has not yet confirmed how her song for 2021 will be selected.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy
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.
Broadcaster NRK has confirmed that it will again host its national final Melodi Grand Prix. 2020 artist Ulrikke has turned down the opportunity to compete again.
🇷🇴 Romania: Roxene
Romanian broadcaster TVR has again internally selected 2020 act Roxene. The broadcaster has not confirmed how Roxene’s song for Eurovision will be chosen. In 2020, her song was selected from five possible entries at a national final.
🇸🇲 San Marino: Senhit
The Italian singer Senhit has confirmed that she will again represent San Marino at Eurovision. She previously competed at Eurovision 2011 and was due to compete in 2020. Details of her song selection method have not been confirmed.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič
Broadcaster RTVSLO has confirmed that Ana Soklič has been internally selected for Eurovision 2021. She had previously won EMA 2020 and was due to perform at Eurovision 2020. The method for selecting Ana’s song has not been confirmed.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has invited the singer Blas Cantó to be Spain’s act in the next edition of Eurovision. Blas has accepted the offer. He was originally internally selected to be Spain’s act for Eurovision 2020 with the song “Universo”.
Broadcaster SVT has confirmed that it will again use its long-running national final Melodifestivalen to select its act for the next edition of Eurovision.
🇨🇭 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears
Swiss broadcaster SRF has confirmed that Gjon Muharremaj — who performs as Gjon’s Tears — will again represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2021. He was previously internally selected for Eurovision 2020.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A
Ukraine broadcaster UA:First has extended an invitation to Vidbir 2020 winners Go_A to return as the Ukraine act for the next edition of Eurovision. Go_A have confirmed they have accepted the invitation to return to Eurovision. Ukraine will not host a national final for 2021.
Which countries are yet to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2021?
🇵🇹 Portugal: Broadcaster RTP has not confirmed any details of its participation for Eurovision 2021. However, Festival da Canção 2020 winner Elisa had said that she will not be internally selected as RTP will again use the long-running national final.
EBU members: Still to confirm are broadcasters representing Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Associate members of the EBU: Kazakhstan.
Non-members of the EBU: Kosovo and Liechtenstein.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2021?
🇦🇩Andorra: Broadcaster RTVA has confirmed to a local blog that they will not return to Eurovision, following a decision made by the Andorran government.