Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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. However, it won’t be Eurovision as usual. The Dutch broadcaster has abandoned plans to try to stage the event in front of a full audience. Three plans balancing audience size, the need for remote performances, and social distancing are still under consideration.

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. Many of the artists selected in 2020 have been invited back to represent their country while the public may have input in what song is selected. 

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

FirstIrelandLesley Roy*Maps
FirstLithuaniaThe ROOPºDiscoteque
FirstNorth MacedoniaVasil Garvanliev*Here I Stand
FirstSloveniaAna Soklič*Amen
SecondBelgiumHooverphonic*The Wrong Place
SecondCyprusElena TsagrinouEl Diablo
SecondIsraelEden Alene*Set Me Free
SecondNorwayTIXFallen Angel
SecondUkraineGo_A*Шум (Shum)
These are the countries that will participate in the First Semi-Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 18, 2021. The Netherlands, Germany, and Italy will broadcast and vote in this semi-final. Ten of these entries will move on to the Grand Final on May 22. (Last update: March 4, 2021)

* Artist was selected to compete in 2020
º Artist was selected as representative for the 2020 Contest, but had to win their spot again

Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Second Semi-Final Participants

FirstAustriaVincent Bueno*Amen
FirstCzech RepublicBenny Cristo*Omaga
FirstGreeceStefania*Last Dance
FirstIcelandDaði & Gagnamagnið*10 Years
FirstMoldovaNatalia Gordienko*Sugar
FirstSan MarinoSenhit*
FirstSerbiaHurricane*Loco Loco
SecondAlbaniaAnxhela PeristeriKarma
SecondFinlandBlind ChannelDark Side
SecondGeorgiaTornike Kipiani*You
SecondLatviaSamanta Tina*
SecondSwitzerlandGjon’s Tears*
These are the countries that will participate in the Second Semi-Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 20, 2021. France, Spain, and the United Kingdom will broadcast and vote in this semi-final. Ten of these entries will move on to the Grand Final on May 22. Artists marked with * were originally selected to compete in 2020. (Last update: March 4, 2021)

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 for the Contest. When Italy returned to the competition in 2011, they were also granted this pass. This group is known as the Big Five.

The Netherlands, as the hosting 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

FranceBarbara PraviVoilà
GermanyJendrikI Don’t Feel Hate
NetherlandsJeangu Macrooy*Birth of a New Age
SpainBlas Canto*Voy a Quedarme
United KingdomJames Newman*
* Artist was selected as representative for the 2020 Contest
º Artist was selected as representative for the 2020 Contest, but had to win their spot again

Twilight photo of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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