Rotterdam in the Netherlands will host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest
The Netherlands won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest following the win of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2019. Rotterdam was selected as the host city following a multi-city bid process.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus in 2020, that year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. While many of the acts originally selected to compete in 2020 will continue to represent their respective countries in 2021, this edition is effectively a new playing field.
Rotterdam Ahoy has been selected to host guests from around the world for the event. The semi-finals are scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20. The Grand Final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held Saturday, May 22.
Participant countries will use a variety of method to select their entries for Rotterdam:
- Internal Selection: The broadcaster selects the act and the song.
- National Final: The broadcaster holds a one-off competition to determine their act and song.
- Festival: The broadcaster holds a slightly longer competition, usually with one or two semi-finals and a grand final. Sometimes the competition takes place over the course of a week (Italy’s Sanremo or Albania’s Festivali i Këngës) or over a couple of weekends (Portugal’s Festival da Canção or Estonia’s Eesti Laul).
- Selection Series: The broadcaster holds a long-form competition to determine their artist and song, usually with multiple rounds of winnowing down options. Sweden’s Melodifestivalen (Melfest) is the gold standard.
- Hybrid: A broadcaster may use one method to determine their artist and another method to select their song.
Here is a schedule of upcoming events. Click on individual events for more information and to add to your calendar (times shown US Eastern).
Eurovision Song Contest 2021 First Semi-Final
|First||North Macedonia||Vasil Garvanliev*|
|Second||Cyprus||Elena Tsagkrinou||El Diablo|
Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Second Semi-Final Participants
|First||Czech Republic||Benny Cristo*|
|First||Iceland||Daði & Gagnamagnið*|
Since the year 2000, France, Germany, Spain, and United Kingdom have been granted an automatic pass to the Grand Final thanks to their respective broadcasters providing significant financial support. When Italy returned to the Contest in 2011, they were also granted this pass. This group is known as the Big Five.
The host country is also granted an automatic pass into the Grand Final and will draw its running order assignment prior to the competition.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Grand Final Participants