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)
- Iceland – Daði og Gagnamagnið (confirmed 23 October)
- 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?
Eurovision 2021 will stick with the 2020 slogan “Open up”.
The logo may be based on the 2020 design, but organisers have said that it may be revamped to ensure that Eurovision 2021 has its own unique look.
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 have come up with four different scenarios to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will go ahead regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic. The scenarios range from a “business as usual” Eurovision, with a full arena audience, to a socially distanced arena show, to some remote performances, to full remote performances. The EBU will confirm which scenario they’ll use in early 2021.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2021?
The EBU has confirmed that 41 countries will participate in Eurovision 2021. To date, 20 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 are now able to be made public, however at this stage, no songs have been released.
Albanian broadcaster RTSH will use its long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës 59 to select the Albanian Eurovision again. The 26 competing artists have been announced. 2020 winner Arilena Ara is not returning.
Broadcaster AMPTV has not yet said how it will select its act for Rotterdam. Last year it held national final Depi Evratesil, however in recent years, Armenia has also internally selected their act.
🇦🇺 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 invited back their 2020 internally selected singer, 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. It is likely that her song for Rotterdam will also be internally selected.
Broadcaster BTRC has not yet publicly commented on their participation, other than to say that 2020 act VAL will not be invited back for 2021. Belarus usually selects their act with a national final.
🇧🇪 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. Her song will likely be internally selected.
Broadcaster HRT will again use its national final Dora for 2021. The grand final will be held on 13 February. Dora 2020 winner Damir Kedžo will not automatically have a place, however HRT has said he is welcome to enter.
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. The broadcaster is likely to internally select their act.
🇨🇿 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. It is not known how his song for Rotterdam will be selected.
Back in April, broadcaster DR spoke about the 2021 edition of its national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. However, at the time DR also said they would start planning the national final “only after the corona crisis is over” — something that is arguably still a long way off. To date, DR has not released any further details about DMGP 2021. 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 will again use its national final Eesti Laul to select its act. Competing acts will be announced on 5 December, with the grand final scheduled for 6 March. 2020 winner Uku Suviste has been guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
Broadcaster YLE will again hold its national final UMK to select its next Eurovision act. The seven competing acts will be announced on 19 January with the grand final due to be held on 20 February. The 2020 winner Aksel has confirmed he will be submitting an entry.
For 2021, the French broadcaster will select their song using the new national final Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.France’s 2020 act Tom Leeb has confirmed he won’t return for 2021 due to other commitments.
🇬🇪 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia at the next edition of Eurovision. He was originally selected by winning the 2019 series of Georgian Idol. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
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. Her song will be internally selected.
🇮🇸 Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið
Broadcaster RÚV has invited back Söngvakeppnin 2020 winner Daði Freyr and his group Gagnamagnið. As his song will be internally selected, Iceland will not hold a 2021 edition of its national final.
Broadcaster RTÉ has not given any details about its participation in Eurovision 2021. However,in May, Ireland’s 2020 act Lesley Roy said that RTÉ had tentatively invited her back — but only if she manages to come up with the right song.
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene
Israel’s broadcaster KAN has invited back Eden Alene 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.
Broadcaster RAI has confirmed that the winner of the Sanremo Music Festival will have first refusal to represent Italy at Eurovision. Due to the pandemic, Sanremo will take place on a later date for 2021, with the grand final 6 March.
🇸🇲 Latvia: Samanta Tīna
Broadcaster LTV has invited back Supernova 2020 winner Samanta Tīna to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster has not said how her song will be selected, but it will not hold its usual national final Supernova.
Lithuanian broadcaster is again using its national final Pabandom iš naujo. 2020 winners THE ROOP have been given a place in the grand final and will also be able to perform their song in the heats and semi-finals. Pabandom iš naujo is expected to take place in January and February 2021.
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny
Broadcaster TVM 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 said how her song for 2021 will be selected, however it is unlikely that TVM will hold a national final.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko
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. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
Broadcaster MKRTV has not given any details about how they will select their act for Rotterdam, however since 2016 they have always used internal selection.
Broadcaster NRK has will again host its national final Melodi Grand Prix. The grand final will take place on 20 February. 2020 artist Ulrikke has turned down the opportunity to compete again.
Broadcaster TVP has not yet said how it will select its act, nor if 2020 singer Alicja Szemplińska will get a return ticket to Rotterdam.
Broadcaster RTP will again use its long-running national final Festival da Canção. The winner of FdC will go to represent Portugal in Rotterdam.
🇷🇴 Romania: Roxen
Romanian broadcaster TVR has again internally selected 2020 act Roxen. The broadcaster has not said how Roxen’s song for Eurovision will be chosen. In 2020, her song was selected from five possible entries at a national final.
Broadcaster Channel One — one of Russia’s two Eurovision broadcasters — has confirmed they will again be organising Russia’s entry for Eurovision 2021. There’s no word on how the entry will be selected, but since 2013 Russia has internally selected its Eurovision act, usually with little fanfare before the artist announcement.
🇸🇲 San Marino: Senhit
The Italian singer Senhit will again represent San Marino at Eurovision. She previously competed at Eurovision 2011 and was due to return in 2020. Details of her song selection method have not been confirmed.
There’s no word on whether broadcaster RTS will use their national final Beovizija or internally select. Tabloid reports claiming that 2020 act Hurricane would represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021 were earlier refuted by the girl band themselves. Speaking to wiwibloggs in June, the group’s publicist said: “We do not yet have official information about this from [RTS].” They also said that they expected to know about Eurovision 2021 in “September or October”.
🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič
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. Song submissions have been accepted and RTV SLO are likely to hold some sort of national final to choose her song.
🇪🇸 Spain: Blas Cantó
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has invited back the singer Blas Cantó to be Spain’s act in the next edition of Eurovision. His song for Rotterdam is likely to be internally selected.
Broadcaster SVT has will again use its long-running national final Melodifestivalen to select its act for the next edition of Eurovision. The Melodifestivalen tour will not be held, with all shows instead filmed in a smaller Stockholm venue. Competing acts are expected to be announced in November, with the grand final scheduled for 13 March.
🇨🇭 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears
Gjon Muharremaj — who performs as Gjon’s Tears — will again represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2021. He was previously internally selected for Eurovision 2020. His song for Rotterdam will likely be internally selected.
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A
Ukraine broadcaster UA:First has invited back 2020 national final winners Go_A. The broadcaster has not said how the group’s song will be selected or if national final Vidbir will be held in some form.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Atypically, the BBC has not yet commented on their participation for Eurovision 2021, though the broadcaster’s publicity team may currently be busy with Strictly Come Dancing. Last year BBC chose their act internally, though in recent years they have used a national final.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2021?
🇦🇩 Andorra: Broadcaster RTVA will not return to Eurovision, following a decision made by the Andorran government.
🇲🇪 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.