Eurovision Song Contest 2021

The Netherlands will host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam

Rotterdam in the Netherlands will host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

The Netherlands won the right to host the EurovisionSongContest following the win of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2019.

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.

Participants select their entries via several different methods:

  • Internal Selection: The broadcaster selected the act and the song.
  • National Final: The broadcaster held a one-off competition to determine their act and song.
  • Festival: The broadcaster held a slightly longer competition, usually with one or two semi-finals and a grand final. Sometimes the competition took 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 Cancão or Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin).
  • Selection Series: The broadcaster held a long-form competition to determine their artist and song, usually with multiple rounds of winnowing down options.
  • Hybrid: A broadcaster may use one method to determine their artist and another method to select their song.

Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Participants

CountryArtist
Albania
Armenia
AustraliaMontaigne*
AustriaVincent Bueno*
AzerbaijanEfendi*
Belarus
BelgiumHooverphonic*
BulgariaVICTORIA*
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicBenny Cristo*
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
GeorgiaTornike Kipiani*
Germany
GreeceStefania*
IcelandDaði & Gagnamagnið*
Ireland
IsraelEden Alene*
Italy
LatviaSamanta Tina*
Lithuania
MaltaDestiny*
MoldovaNatalie Gordienko*
NetherlandsJeangu Macrooy*
North Macedonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
RomaniaRoxen*
Russia
San MarinoSenhit*
Serbia
SloveniaAna Soklič*
SpainBlas Canto*
Sweden
SwitzerlandGjon’s Tears*
UkraineGo_A*
United Kingdom
These are the 41 countries that have indicated they will participate in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May 2021.

* Artist was selected as representative for the 2020 Contest

The First Semi-Final is expected to take place Tuesday, May 18. Up to 20 countries will compete, with 10 advancing to the Grand Final. Information about which countries are assigned to this semi-final will be revealed in mid-to-late January 2021.

The Second Semi-Final is expected to take place Thursday, May 20. Up to 20 countries will compete, with 10 advancing to the Grand Final. Information about which countries are assigned to this semi-final will be revealed in mid-to-late January 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. 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 during the semi-final allocation process.

Twilight photo of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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