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.
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 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.
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 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, will be different and will be decided once all the competing songs have been selected.
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.
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 41 countries will participate in Eurovision 2021. To date, 25 performers have been selected and two songs have been released.
🇦🇱 Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
After winning Festivali i Këngës 59, Anxhela Peristeri will represent Albania at Eurovision 2021. She will perform her winning song “Karma”. The song will reportedly remain in Albanian, but it is not currently known if any changes will be made to the song before Eurovision.
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 also 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 likely that his song will again be internally selected.
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Efendi
Broadcaster BTRC has opened entries for its Eurovision 2021 act. It has said how the act will be selected, but has confirmed that the usual live-streamed auditions won’t be held.
🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic
Following an agreement between Belgium’s two Eurovision broadcasters VRT and RTBF, Hooverphonic will return as the Belgian act for Eurovision 2021. Their song will be internally selected. The group will also have a new vocalist for Rotterdam — singer Luka Cruysberghs has been replaced with Geike Arnaert.
🇧🇬 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.
🇨🇾 Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo”
Broadcaster CyBC has internally selected the Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou. She will sing the song “El Diablo” which will be released at a later date.
🇨🇿 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. His song for Rotterdam will be internally selected.
Denmark will again use their national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The show will be somewhat scaled down from usual — eight acts will compete and the grand final will be filmed in a television studio on 6 March. 2020 winners Ben & Tan have confirmed they won’t be entering.
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. 2020 winner Aksel has confirmed he has not entered UMK 2021.
🇬🇪 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 have again used their internal selection process, with a demographically selected jury and expert jury helping to decide their entry for Rotterdam. 2020 act Ben Dolic has decided not to return for 2021.
🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance”
The Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis has been internally selected to represent Greece at Eurovision. She will sing “Last Dance” which will be released later in the year.
🇮🇸 Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið
🇮🇪 Ireland: Lesley Roy
Broadcaster RTÉ has internally selected their Eurovision 2020 singer Lesley Roy. Her song for Rotterdam has also been internally selected and will be revealed sometime in 2021.
🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free”
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 in a later period for 2021, with the grand final on 6 March. The 26 competing artists have been announced.
🇸🇲 Latvia: Samanta Tīna
🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny
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. Her song is likely to again be internally selected and the broadcaster has put out a call for songs.
🇲🇩 Moldova: Natalia Gordienko
Broadcaster TRM has confirmed that 2020 national final winner Natalia Gordienko will return in 2021. Due to pandemic restrictions, the broadcaster will not hold its usual national final and will instead internally select her song.
🇳🇱 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 will be internally selected.
🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Vasil
North Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV has internally selected Vasil to represent the country at Eurovision 2021, having previously being selected in 2020. A call for songs was announced, with the entry to then be selected internally.
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.
🇷🇴 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.
🇷🇸 Serbia: Hurricane
Beovizija 2020 winners Hurricane have been internally selected to represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021. The public will select their song for Rotterdam, but precise details of this have not yet been revealed.
🇸🇮 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. RTV SLO will hold EMA 2021, but it is not clear if this will be used to choose Ana’s song or just present an internally selected entry.
🇪🇸 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 will be selected using a national final. Blas will present a number of songs at the event, due to be held sometime in January or February.
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. The 28 competing acts have been announced, 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. Last year the 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.