EUROVISION 2021 – This post gives you all the information you need for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Alongside you can find all the information about the artists and broadcast in every country, a table constantly updated.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, following the country’s victory at the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence. The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands hosts the contest, having previously done so in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980.
Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS, the contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy and will consist of two semi-finals on 18 and 20 May, and the final on 22 May 2021. The EBU discussed carryovers between the 2020 and 2021 contests, and many participating countries allocated the same artists who were due to represent them in 2020. The three live shows will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit and Nikkie de Jager.
Thirty-nine countries will participate in the contest. Bulgaria and Ukraine will return after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Montenegro will not return after their 2019 participation. Armenia and Belarus had originally planned to participate, but Armenia later withdrew due to social and political crises following the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war and Belarus was disqualified after their intended entry was found to be in violation of the contest’s rules.
On 17 November 2020, the EBU confirmed that the semi-final allocation draw for the 2021 contest would not be held. Instead, the semi-finals will feature the same line-up of countries as determined by the draw for the 2020 contest’s semi-finals, which was held on 28 January 2020 at Rotterdam’s City Hall and hosted by contest presenters Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – the Big Five plus the Netherlands – would have to vote in. The EBU also decided to maintain the Netherlands’ grand final running order position – 23.
On 4 May 2021, the EBU released information about the opening and interval acts. The first semi-final will be opened by Duncan Laurence, performing “Feel Something”, and will also feature singer Davina Michelle and actress Thekla Reuten in an interval act titled “The Power of Water”, centring on the Netherlands’ history of water management.
The second semi-final will be opened by breakdancer Redouan Ait Chitt (Redo) and singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser, with ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and BMX-er Dez Maarsen performing during the interval; the acts are titled “Forward Unlimited” and “Close Encounter of a Special Kind” respectively.
The final will be opened with the traditional flag parade, introducing all twenty-six finalists, accompanied by the music produced by 16-year-old DJ Pieter Gabriel.
During the interval, DJ Afrojack, singers Glennis Grace (who represented the Netherlands in the 2005 contest) and Wulf will perform “Music Binds Us” – a two-part specially commissioned piece – together with a symphony orchestra composed of young musicians from across the Netherlands, specifically formed for this occasion; the piece will also include Afrojack’s latest single “Hero”.
Later, in the “Rock the Roof” interval act, six former Eurovision winners — Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In with Getty Kaspers (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015) — will perform their winning songs atop several venues in Rotterdam.
Duncan Laurence will then perform his new unreleased music, concluding with his winning song “Arcade”.
During the final seconds of voting, a dance sketch titled “The Human Countdown” will be performed.
After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the participating broadcasters of 24 countries announced that, for the 2021 contest, they would internally select the same artists initially selected for 2020. In addition, the artists initially selected for Estonia and Lithuania in 2020 won their national finals to represent their countries in 2021. Discounting 2020, the contest will feature three representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same country, and five artists who participated in other Eurovision events or as backing vocalists for the same or for another country.
The first semi-final will take place on 18 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Sixteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will vote in this semi-final. Belarus was originally allocated to participate in the first half of the semi-final but was disqualified from the contest after submitting an entry in violation of the rules.
The second semi-final will take place on 20 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Seventeen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Those countries plus France, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final. Armenia was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final but withdrew from the contest due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.
The final will take place on 22 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, composed of the host country, the Big Five, and the ten best-ranked entries of each of the two semi-finals. All thirty-nine participating countries will vote in the final.
EUROVISION 2021 🇳🇱 INFORMATION
|Australia||Watch||All shows||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey|
|Austria||Watch||All shows||ORF 1||Andi Knoll|
|Azerbaijan||Watch||All shows||iTV||Murad Arif|
|Belgium||Watch||All shows||Eén||Dutch: Peter Van de Veire|
|Belgium||All shows[m]||La Une, RTBF Auvio, VivaCité||French: Maureen Louys and Jean-Louis Lahaye|
|Bulgaria||Watch||All shows||BNT 1|
|Canada||All Shows||OMNI Television|
|Cyprus||Watch||All shows||RIK 1, RIK HD||Louis Patsalides||Louis Patsalides|
|Czech Rep.||Watch||All shows||ČT1, ČT2||Jan Maxián and Albert Černý||Taťána Gregor Brzobohatá|
|Denmark||Watch||All shows||DR1||Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech||Tina Müller|
|Estonia||Watch||All shows||ETV||Estonian: Marko Reikop|
|Estonia||All shows||ETV+||Russian: Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda|
|Finland||Watch||All shows||Yle TV1, Yle Radio Suomi, Yle X3M||Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen|
Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
Russian: Levan Tvaltvadze
|France||Watch||Both semi-finals||Culturebox, France 4||Laurence Boccolini||Carla|
|Final||France 2||Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini|
|Germany||Watch||Both semi-finals||One||Peter Urban|
|Final||Das Erste, One|
|Greece||Watch||All shows||ERT1||Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis||Manolis Gkinis|
|Iceland||Watch||All shows||RÚV||Gísli Marteinn Baldursson||Hannes Óli Ágústsson|
|English: Alex Elliott|
|Israel||Watch||All Shows||Kan 11||Asaf Liberman and Geula Even-Sa'ar||Lucy Ayoub|
|Italy||Watch||Both semi-finals||Rai 4||Ema Stokholma and Saverio Raimondo||Carolina Di Domenico|
|Final||Rai 1||Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio|
|Final||Rai Radio 2|
|Lithuania||Watch||All shows||LRT televizija||Ramūnas Zilnys|
|Netherlands||Watch||All shows||NPO 1||Cornald Maas and Sander Lantinga||Duncan Laurence|
|Norway||Watch||All shows||NRK1||Marte Stokstad|
|Poland||Watch||All shows||TVP1, TVP Polonia||Marek Sierocki and Aleksander Sikora||Ida Nowakowska|
|Portugal||Watch||All shows[n]||RTP1, RTP Internacional||José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim||Elisa|
|Russia||Watch||All shows||Channel One||Yuri Aksyuta and Yana Churikova|
|San Marino||Watch||Monica Fabbri|
|Slovenia||Watch||Both semi-finals||TV Slovenija 2||Lorella Flego|
|Slovenia||Final||TV Slovenija 1||Lorella Flego|
|Spain||Watch||Both semi-finals||La 2||Tony Aguilar, Julia Varela and Víctor Escudero|
|Sweden||Watch||All shows||SVT1||Edward af Sillén and Christer Björkman||Carola|
|Sweden||Watch||All shows||SR P4||Carolina Norén|
|Switzerland||Watch||Both semi-finals||SRF zwei||German: Sven Epiney|
|Ukraine||Watch||All shows||UA:First||Timur Miroshnychenko|
|Ukraine||All Shows||STB||Serhiy Prytula|
|UK||Watch||Both semi-finals||BBC Four||Rylan Clark-Neal, Chelcee Grimes and Scott Mills|
|UK||Final||BBC One||Graham Norton||Amanda Holden|
|UK||Final||Radio 2||Ken Bruce|