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)
- Moldova – Natalia Gordienko (confirmed 15 July)
- 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 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?
Dates for Eurovision 2021 have been confirmed. 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 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.
One design element that has been confirmed for 2021 is the stage. Florian Weider’s stage design will finally be realised for the 2021 show.
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 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, 29 countries have provisionally expressed their intention to participate. To date, 19 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 autumn 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 the regular 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. It is most likely that his song will again be internally selected.
🇦🇿 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 HRT has confirmed that it will again use its national final Dora for 2021. This also means that previous winner Damir Kedžo will not automatically be returning. It is not known if he intends to make another attempt and enter Dora 2021.
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.
France’s 2020 act Tom Leeb has confirmed he won’t return for 2021 due to other commitments. For 2021, the French broadcaster will select their song using the new national final Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.
🇬🇪 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”.
The German broadcasters ARD and NDR will again use their internal selection process, with a demographically selected jury and expert jury helping to decide their entry for Rotterdam. The broadcaster says that the door is open for 2020 act Ben Dolic, who intends to submit a song with “Violent Thing” songwriter Boris Milanov.
🇬🇷 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.
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. Her entry will be selected using a 16-song 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, however it is unlikely that TVM will hold a national final.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko
While broadcaster TRM has not yet said anything about Rotterdam, 2020 act Natalia Gordienko has updated her Instagram bio to describe herself as Moldova’s act for Eurovision 2021. Media speculation suggests she’ll again be working with the same creative team from 2020.
🇳🇱 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: Roxen
Romanian broadcaster TVR has again internally selected 2020 act Roxen. The broadcaster has not confirmed how Roxen’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. Submissions are open for Ana’s song. RTV SLO are likely to hold some sort of national final to choose her song.
🇪🇸 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?
🇦🇱 Albania: Albanian broadcaster RTSH has confirmed it will go ahead with its long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës 59, which is traditionally used to select Albania’s Eurovision artist. Fik59 is due to take place in its usual December timeframe, but it is not known what, if any, Covid-19 precautions may be taken.
🇮🇹 Italy: Neither the Italian broadcaster or Diodato have publicly commented on Eurovision 2021. However, Sanremo will return next year, but on a later date than normal. The renowned music festival has been used to select most of Italy’s acts since its 2011 return.
🇵🇹 Portugal: Broadcaster RTP has not confirmed any details of its participation for Eurovision 2021. However, Festival da Canção 2020 winner Elisa has said that she will not be internally selected as RTP will again use the long-running national final.
🇷🇸 Serbia: Tabloid reports that Hurricane would represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021 have been refuted by the girl band themselves. Speaking to wiwibloggs, the group’s publicist says: “We do not yet have official information about this from our state public service broadcaster. We won’t know until September or October.”
EBU members: Still to confirm are broadcasters representing Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Associate members of the EBU: Kazakhstan
Non-members of the EBU: Kosovo
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.
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein: The microstate — which is not a member of the EBU — 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.
🇱🇺 Luxembourg: National broadcaster RTL has confirmed that it 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.
🇸🇰 Slovakia: Broadcaster RTVS has confirmed that Slovakia will not be returning to Eurovision in 2021, however they have not ruled out “future cooperation.”