ESC ROTTERDAM 2021

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  • Dates: Semi-final 1, 18 May 2021; Semi-final 2, 20 May 2021; Final, 22 May 2021
  • Host: Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Presenter(s): Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit & Nikkie de Jager (online host); Execuitive Supervisor: Martin Österdahl; Executive Producer: Sietse Bakker & Astrid Dutrénit; Host broadcaster: AVROTROS, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) &Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO).

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 Duncan Laurence’s win at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song “Arcade”. The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. It will be the fifth time that The Netherlands hosts the contest, the last time having been the 1980 contest.

Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters AVROTROS, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) and Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), 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 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. During the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which aired on 16 May 2020, it was announced that the 2021 contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The venue 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. Prior to the announcement and following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the EBU began 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 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 the contest. AVROTROS, NOS and NPO had until mid-May 2020 to find an alternative if Rotterdam declined to host the event.

On 7 May 2020, Dutch authorities prohibited all mass gatherings in the country until a vaccine for COVID-19 is produced. The host broadcasters stated that they were assessing the decision and how it would impact the event. On 18 September 2020, the EBU released a summary of contingency scenarios for the contest, including the contest being held as normal with (scenario B) or without (scenario A) social distancing enforced, and allowing acts to perform from their home country if they are unable to travel to Rotterdam (scenario C). In the most severe scenario (D), the contest would be held in a fully-remote format, presented from Rotterdam but with no public festivities or audience (a format that will be used for the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest).

Format. 

Visual design. On 18 September 2020, along with possible scenarios, the EBU confirmed that the planned visual design and slogan for 2020, “Open Up”, will be used for the 2021 contest as well. A revamped logo is expected to be revealed sometime during November 2020, after all the participating countries are known.

Presenters. On 18 September 2020, along with possible scenarios, the EBU confirmed that the 2020 planned presenters will be appointed as the presenters for the 2021 contest as well: actress and television host Chantal Janzen, singer and commentator for the contest Jan Smit, and singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests. Beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials) will be the presenter of the contest’s online content, including a behind-the-scenes YouTube series to be recorded with the participating artists.

Stage design. During the announcement of the dates of the 2021 contest, Sietse Bakker, executive producer of the 2021 contest, stated that the planned 2020 stage design will also be used in the 2021 contest. The design is inspired by the slogan “Open Up” and the typical Dutch flat landscape. The Eurovision stage was designed by German stage designer Florian Wieder, who also designed the stages for the contests in 2011–12, 2015, and 2017–19. Unlike the 2019 contest, the green room was placed inside the main performance venue.

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 needed 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.

Backing vocals. On 18 June 2020, the EBU announced that pre-recorded backing vocals will be allowed for one year. The use of recorded backing vocals will be entirely optional. Each delegation can choose to use backing singers, whether on or off stage. A combination of live and recorded backing vocals will be also allowed. All lead vocals performing the melody of the song, including an eventual use of a so-called lead dub, shall still be live on or off stage in the arena.

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.

Production. The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be a co-production between three related Dutch television organisations — AVROTROS, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), and Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) — of which each assumed a different role. Sietse Bakker and Astrid Dutrénit will serve as executive producers, while Emilie Sickinghe and Jessica Stam will serve as deputy executive producers.

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.

Returning artists. After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the following countries’ participating broadcasters announced that, for the 2021 contest, they would internally select the same artists initially selected for 2020: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. 

Discounting 2020, so far, the contest is set to feature two representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same country, and three artists who participated in other Eurovision events or as backing vocalists for the same or for another country. Natalia Gordienko represented Moldova at the final alongside Arsenium in 2006. Senhit represented San Marino at the semi-final in 2011. Destiny Chukunyere won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for Malta and provided backing vocals for Michela Pace for Malta in 2019. Stefania for Greece, 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, 06-03-2021
Finlandia Finlandia UMK 2021, 20-02-2021
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.Susanne Georgi, the 2009 Andorran representative, stated in May 2020 that she had secured the funding required for the country to return to the contest. Later that year, on 1 August 2020, Georgi explained on Eurovision fan website Wiwibloggs’ podcast that she had held a meeting with Prime Minister of Andorra Xavier Espot Zamora, in which they verbally agreed to make a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022 (as they did not want to participate under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic).
  •  Luxembourg – In July 2020, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not participate in the 2021 contest, stating that they have no “focus on entertainment and music shows” and that participating in the contest “would put the broadcaster under a financial strain”.
  •  Monaco – Monégasque broadcaster TMC confirmed in September 2020 that they would not participate in the 2021 contest.
  •  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 had not yet been discussed.
  •  Slovakia – In July 2020, a spokesperson from Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) stated that the broadcaster was unlikely to participate in the contest. RTVS confirmed their non-participation in August 2020.
  •  Turkey – In May 2020, Faruk Kaymakcı, Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, stated that he hoped that Turkey would return to the contest.

Associate EBU members.

  •  Kazakhstan – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kazakhstan to the 2021 contest.
  •  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.

Non-EBU members.

  •  Kosovo – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kosovo to the 2021 contest.
  •  Liechtenstein – In July 2020, Liechtensteiner broadcaster 1 FL TV announced that they had ruled out debuting in the 2021 contest. The broadcaster had attempted to become an EBU member in the past but halted its plans when its director, Peter Kölbel, unexpectedly died. It would also need the backing of the Liechtenstein government to be able to carry the cost of becoming an EBU member and paying the participation fee for the contest.

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) Ref(s)
Participating countries
 Australia All shows SBS
 Greece All shows ERT
 Malta All shows TVM
 Norway All shows NRK1 Marte Stokstad
 San Marino All shows San Marino RTV and Radio San Marino