This concludes our live blog for the day. The live show will follow, and then the results and the qualifiers press conference.
Enjoy the show and MAY THE BEST QUALIFY tonight…
BETTING ODDS 💶 UPDATE
The betting odds at 18:19 CEST give the following qualifiers (subject to change throughout the show though): Malta, Cyprus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Azerbaijan and Belgium.
WATCH ON PEACOCK 🇺🇸
Good news from American fans of the Eurovision Song Contest: both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final will be available to stream on Peacock from today. Beginning today, Tuesday 18 May, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will be available to stream exclusively on Peacock in the United States, both live and on-demand.
- First Semi-Final: Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 3:00 ET
- Second Semi-Final: Thursday, 20 May 2021, 3:00 ET
- Grand Final: Saturday, 22 May 2021, 3:00 ET
The 2022 Contest, where ever that may be, will also be available on Peacock too.
Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service; it delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood’s biggest studios.
In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language and reality TV.
⚠️ YOUTUBE RESTRICTIONSYouTube broadcast of the show will NOT be available in Australia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, United States and the United Kingdom!!!
The first semi-final poll by oikotimes is now closed. Here’s what you voted for
Andrius Mamontovas will deliver the jury votes on behalf of the Lithuanian jury on the night of the grand final.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy will deliver the jury votes for the Irish national broadcaster on the night of the grand final
2011 Eurovision winner Eldar and Nikki will deliver the jury votes on behalf of ICTIMAI on the night of the grand final. This is added to the EUROSTARS hired for the job such as
LOOKLAB 💄 WITH BLIND CHANNEL FROM FINLAND
LOOKLAB 💄 WITH DESTINY FROM MALTA
LOOKLAB 💄 WITH FYR & FLAMME FROM DENMARK
LOOKLAB 💄 WITH ANXHELA FROM ALBANIA
BREAKING NEWS 🚨
FLO RIDA arrived in Rotterdam and settled at THE HILTON as he will perform along Senhit in the second semi-final
COVID-19 UPDATE 🦠
THE EBU STATEMENT
“We’re pleased to confirm that the PCR tests for the whole Romanian and Maltese delegations have returned negative results. Both delegations were tested as a precautionary measure after one member of both the Polish and Icelandic delegations respectively, staying in the same hotel, tested positive.
Malta and Romania will both appear as scheduled in Semi-Final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest tonight. The two members of the Icelandic and Polish delegations who tested positive for COVID 19 remain in isolation. The rest of their delegations have all returned negative PCR tests.
As a further precautionary measure, the Polish delegation will be tested again prior to the Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, and again on Thursday before Semi-Final 2. The Icelandic artists, and necessary support, will also be tested again on Wednesday and Thursday, as they have not been in close contact with the infected person. The remainder of the Icelandic delegation will remain in quarantine.
We look forward to welcoming them all back to the Rotterdam Ahoy later this week.”
Family rehearsal is underway with nothing interesting to mention as all countries are practicing for camera reasons, most of them are not even wearing make up
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧
Sara Cox replaces as Rylan pulls out due to illness. Therefore, Scott Mills and Sara Cox will commentate the two semi-finals live from London’s BBC studios. Sara broke the news yesterday in the RADIO 2 evening show.
BREAKING NEWS 🚨 FROM BELGIUM 🇧🇪
RTBF commentator Maureen Louys is now removed as she was tested positive for COVID-19. Fanny Jandrain, a radio and television presenter since 2017, will replace her.
Tayanna, the 2017 and 2018 national finalist (and actually runner up both times) will the Ukrainian spokesperson delivering the jury votes on the night of the grand final
RTCG confirmed they will not broadcast the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest
EUROVISION 2021 🇳🇱
The postcard locations have been revealed through the first semi-final participants in last night’s jury rehearsal.
Lithuania: Rotterdam Central Station
Slovenia: Marker Wadden
Russia: Bolwoningen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Sweden: Museumplein in Amsterdam
Australia: Sparta Stadium ‘Het Kasteel’ in Rotterdam
North Macedonia: Hunebedden in Eext
Ireland: Amsterdam canals
Cyprus: Verkadefabriek in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Norway: Koppelpoort in Amersfoort
Croatia: Broek op Langedijk
Israel: Utrecht Central Station
Germany: Pier in Scheveningen
The Netherlands: Lighthouse in Ouddorp