ESC ROTTERDAM 2021

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is set to take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after the country won the 2019 edition and was bound to host the 2020 one, before that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organising European Broadcasting Union (EBU) discussed carryovers between the 2020 and 2021 contests, and several participating countries allocated the same artists who were due to represent them in 2020.

L’Eurovision Song Contest 2021 sarà la 65ª edizione dell’annuale concorso canoro e si terrà presso l’Ahoy Rotterdam a Rotterdam, nei Paesi Bassi.

Location. The 2021 contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It will be the fifth time the Netherlands host the contest, following the country’s victory at the 2019 edition with the song “Arcade”, performed by Duncan Laurence. Rotterdam Ahoy had previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

Il 18 marzo 2020 l’EBU-UER ha annunciato la cancellazione dell’edizione 2020 a causa della pandemia di COVID-19 che ha coinvolto diverse regioni del mondo tra cui, più duramente, la Cina e l’Europa. Successivamente è stato annunciato che la manifestazione verrà riorganizzata nel 2021 e discussioni sono in corso con NPO, NOS, AVROTROS e la città di Rotterdam sulla riorganizzazione nella stessa città o meno.

Il 16 maggio 2020, durante la trasmissione dello show Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, è stato confermato che la città Rotterdam avrebbe ospitato l’evento.

Preparations. Following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the organising European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is in talks with the Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO, as well as the city of Rotterdam, which were to organise the 2020 contest, on the possibility of staging the 2021 contest in the city. On 23 April 2020, the municipal council of Rotterdam approved an increased budget after Dutch media reported that the city would require an additional 6.7 million euros to host the contest. The decision was imminent as it was required that the EBU be informed by late April if Rotterdam was willing to host contest. AVROTROS, NOS and NPO have until mid-May 2020 to find an alternative if Rotterdam declines to host the event. In May 2020, the Dutch authorities decided to tighten up local laws for holding mass events, until the vaccine for COVID-19 was found, which could last more than 1 year, putting at risk of holding the event in the country However, AVROTROS is consulting the Dutch government for the holding of the event in the city.

During the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which aired on 16 May 2020, it was confirmed that Rotterdam would be the host city of the 2021 contest. It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands hosted the contest, the last time having been the 1980 contest. The contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy.

Format. 

Executive supervisor/Nuovo supervisore esecutivo. In January 2020, the EBU announced that Martin Österdahl would become the executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest after the 2020 edition, succeeding Jon Ola Sand. Before his appointment, Österdahl had been an executive producer for the 2013 and 2016 editions, and had been a member of the Eurovision Song Contest reference group between 2012 and 2018.

Il 20 gennaio 2020 l’UER è stato annunciato che Martin Österdahl sarebbe subentrato a Jon Ola Sand come nuovo supervisore esecutivo della manifestazione a partire dal 2021. Prima dell’incarico, Österdahl è stato il produttore esecutivo dell’Eurovision Song Contest 2013 e dell’edizione del 2016, ed è stato membro del reference group della manifestazione tra il 2012 e il 2018.

Logo e slogan. Il 16 maggio 2020 l’EBU-UER e AVROTROS hanno confermato che lo slogan ufficiale dell’evento resterà Open Up, il medesimo pianificato per l’edizione annullata.

Brani in gara/Entries.  A seguito della cancellazione l’EBU-UER ha valutato la possibilità di consentire ai brani selezionati di competere nel 2021; tuttavia, il 20 marzo 2020, è stato confermato dal gruppo di referenza che, in conformità al regolamento, ciò non sarebbe avvenuto, lasciando però la possibilità alle singole emittenti di selezionare nuovamente i rappresentanti annunciati per il 2020.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the EBU explored the option of allowing the songs selected for the 2020 contest to compete in the 2021 contest, which would need to be discussed with the Eurovision Song Contest reference group and the national broadcasters. Victoria, the planned participant for Bulgaria in 2020, publicly expressed her support for such a move. However, on 20 March 2020, the reference group decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2020 songs would not be eligible to compete in the 2021 contest. 

Opening and interval acts. Lenny Kuhr, one of the winners of the 1969 contest, and Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 contest, who were both due to perform at the cancelled 2020 contest, have expressed willingness to perform at the 2021 event.

Returning artists. After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, multiple participating broadcasters announced that for the 2021 contest they would internally select the same artists initially selected for 2020: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. Stefania represented the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as part of the group Kisses. Vincent Bueno provided backing vocals for Nathan Trent for Austria in 2017.

Provisional list of participating countries.The following countries have confirmed their intent to participate in the 2021 contest.

Ad oggi i seguenti Stati hanno confermato la loro partecipazione a questa edizione.

Stato Artista Brano Lingua Processo di selezione
Albania Albania Festivali I Këngës 59, ¿?-¿?-2021
Armenia Armenia Depi Evratesil 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Australia Australia Montaigne Interno (Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020, 8 febbraio 2020); cantante riconfermata il 01-04-2020
Austria Austria Vincent Bueno Interno (cantante annunciato il 26-03-2020); cantante riconfermata il 26-03-2020
Azerbaigian Azerbaigian Samira Efendi Interno (cantante annunciata il 28-02-2020); cantante riconfermata il 20-03-2020, 
Belgio Belgio Hooverphonic Interno (gruppo annunciato il 01-10-2019); gruppo riconfermato il 20-03-2020,
Bielorussia Bielorussia Finale Еўрабачанне-2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Bulgaria Bulgaria VICTORIA Interno (cantante annunciata il 25-11-2019; cantante riconfermata il 21-03-2020,
Cipro Cipro Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
Croazia Croazia DORA 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Danimarca Danimarca Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Estonia Estonia Eesti Laul 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Finlandia Finlandia UMK 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Francia Francia Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
Georgia Georgia Tornike Kipiani Interno (Georgian Idol 2, 31-12-2019); cantante riconfermato il 19-03-2020,
Germania Germania Unser Lied Für Rotterdam, ¿?-¿?-2021
GreciaGrecia Stefania Interno; (cantante annunciato il 03-02-2020); cantante riconfermata il 18-03-2020,
Irlanda Irlanda Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
Islanda Islanda Söngvakeppnin 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Israele Israele Eden Alene Interno (HaKokhav HaBa 2020, 04-02-2020; cantante riconfermata il 22-03-2020,
Italia Italia Festival di Sanremo 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Lettonia Lettonia Samanta Tīna Interno (Supernova 2020, 08-02-2020); cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
Lituania Lituania Pabandom Iš Naujo 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Macedonia del Nord Macedonia del Nord Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
Malta Malta Destiny Interno (X Factor Malta 2, 08-02-2020); cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
Moldavia Moldavia O Melodi Pentru Europa 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Norvegia Norvegia Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Paesi Bassi Paesi Bassi (organizzatore) Jeangu Macrooy Interno; cantante annunciato il 10-01- 2020; cantante riconfermato il 18-03-2020,
Polonia Polonia Szansa na sukces – Eurowizja 2020, ¿?-¿?-2021
Portogallo Portogallo Festival Da Canção 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Regno Unito Regno Unito Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
Rep. Ceca Repubblica Ceca Benny Cristo Interno (Eurovision Song CZ 2020, 03-02-2020); cantante annunciato il 13 maggio 2020
Romania Romania ROXEN Interno (cantante annunciata l’11-02-2020);  cantante riconfermata il 23-03-2020,
Russia Russia Interno, ¿?-¿?-2021
San Marino San Marino Senhit Interno (cantante annunciata il 06-03-2020); cantante annunciata il 16-05-2020
Serbia Serbia Beovizija 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Slovenia Slovenia Ana Soklič Interno (EMA 2020, 22-02-2020); cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
Spagna Spagna Blas Cantó Interno (cantante annunciato il 05-10-2019); cantante riconfermato il 18-03-2020,
Svezia Svezia Melodifestivalen 2021, ¿?-¿?-2021
Svizzera Svizzera Gjon’s Tears Interno (artista presentato il 04-03-2020; cantante riconfermato il 20-03-2020, 
Ucraina Ucraina Go_A Interno (Vidbir 2020, 22-02-2020); gruppo riconfermato il 18-03-2020, 

Other countries. Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issues invitations to all active members. Associate member Australia does not need an invitation for the 2021 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023.

Active EBU members.

  •  Andorra – In November 2019, Democrats for Andorra, the ruling party of Andorra, stated that the country would eventually return to the contest, with a cost assessment as a prerequisite. In May 2020, Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra confirmed that they would not return in 2021.
  •  Portugal – In March 2020, Elisa, who had been selected to represent Portugal in the 2020 contest, stated that she would not be internally selected by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal to represent Portugal in 2021. Il 23 marzo 2020 la cantante Elisa, che doveva rappresentare il paese all’Eurovision Song Contest 2020, ha dichiarato che non verrà selezionata internamente dalla RTP per partecipare a questa edizione.
  •  Morocco – In response to rumours that the EBU had been in discussions with Morocco regarding participation in the contest, Karim Sbai, the Director of Communications of Morocco’s Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision, stated in February 2020 that Morocco’s possible return to the contest has not yet been discussed.
  • Danimarca Danimarca: il manager di Ben & Tan, che dovevano rappresentare il paese all’Eurovision Song Contest 2020, ha dichiarato che il duo spera di poter prendere parte alla finale del Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021, nel caso in cui non venissero selezionati internamente.
  • Islanda Islanda:  In March 2020, Icelandic singer Daði Freyr, who had been selected to represent Iceland in the 2020 contest, announced that he would be open to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021 with Gagnamagnið if RÚV would select him internally. il 25 marzo 2020 Daði & Gagnamagnið, che dovevano rappresentare il paese all’Eurovision Song Contest 2020, hanno dichiarato che non prenderanno parte a Söngvakeppnin 2021, la selezione nazionale per la scelta del rappresentante. Il giorno successivo Daði Freyr, il cantante del gruppo, ha specificato che avrebbero rappresentato l’Islanda nel solo in caso in cui l’emittente nazionale li avesse selezionati internamente.
  • Lettonia Lettonia: il 27 marzo 2020 LTV ha annunciato che l’emittente avrebbe atteso la fine della pandemia prima di decidere sulla partecipazione all’Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
  • Romania Romania: nel marzo 2020 la cantante Roxen, che doveva rappresentare il paese all’Eurovision Song Contest 2020, ha dichiarato che vorrebbe rappresentare il paese anche nel 2021. Tuttavia, l’emittente nazionale TVR non ha ancora confermato la sua partecipazione al concorso.
  •  Poland – In April 2020, Alicja, who had been selected to represent Poland in the 2020 contest, stated on Instagram and in interviews that she is ready to represent Poland in 2021. She is waiting for the official decision by Telewizja Polska.

Associate EBU members.

  •  United States – In January 2020, the EBU said that it would evaluate the United States participating in the contest if the upcoming American Song Contest became a success. Several broadcasters in the United States are associate members of the EBU-UER.

Broadcasters and commentators. All participating broadcasters may choose to have on-site or remote commentators providing an insight about the show to their local audience and, while they must broadcast at least the semi-final they are voting in and the final, most broadcasters air all three shows with different programming plans. Similarly, some non-participating broadcasters may still want to air the contest. These are the broadcasters that have confirmed their broadcasting plans and/or their commentators:

Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
Participating countries
 Australia All shows SBS
 Norway All shows NRK1 Marte Stokstad