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  • Dates:

Semi-final 1: 18 May 2021 Ι Semi-final 2: 20 May 2021 Ι Final: 22 May 2021

  • Host:

Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ι Presenter(s): Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit, Nikkie de Jager (online host) Ι Directed by: Marnix Kaart, Marc Pos, Daniel Jelinek Ι Executive Supervisor: Martin Österdahl Ι Executive Producer: Sietse Bakker, Astrid Dutrénit Ι Host Broadcaster: AVROTROS logo 2020.svg Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep – AVRO & Televisie Radio Omroep Stichting – TROS (AVROTROS),Npologo.svgNederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), NOS logo.svg Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) Ι Opening Act: Semi-final 2: Redo and Eefje de Visser, Final: Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries with music by DJ Pieter Gabriel Ι Interval Act: Semi-final 2: Performances by ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and BMX-er Dez Maarsen, Final: “Rock the Roof” featuring Lenny KuhrTeach-In with Getty KaspersSandra KimHelena PaparizouLordi and Måns Zelmerlöw; “Music Binds Us” performed by AfrojackGlennis Grace and Wulf; Arcade” performed by Duncan Laurence

  • Participants:

Number of entries: 39 Ι Debuting countries: None Ι Returning countries:  Bulgaria, Ukraine Ι Non-returning countries: Hungary, Montenegro,  Armenia,  Bielorussia

  • Participation map: 

A coloured map of the countries of Europe
G – Confirmed countries that have selected their song and/or performer V – Confirmed countries Y – Countries that participated in the past but not in 2021

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 the country’s victory at the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence. The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS, 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 many participating countries allocated the same artists who were due to represent them in 2020.

Thirty-nine countries will participate in the contest. Bulgaria and Ukraine will return after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Armenia, Hungary and Montenegro will not return after their 2019 participation. Belarus had originally planned to participate, but was disqualified after their intended entry was found to be in violation of the contest’s rules.

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, il 18, 20 e 22 maggio 2021.

Location. The 2021 contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, following the country’s victory at the 2019 edition with the song “Arcade”, performed by Duncan Laurence. The announcement was made during the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which aired on 16 May 2020. Rotterdam Ahoy had previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, and was set to host the 2020 contest before its cancellation.

Preparations. Prior to the announcement and following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the EBU began talks with the Dutch public broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, 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. NPO, NOS and AVROTROS 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 COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. 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 event being held as normal (Scenario A);
  • The event being held with social distancing measures in place (Scenario B);
  • Providing the option for acts to perform from their home country if they are unable to travel to Rotterdam (Scenario C);
  • A fully-remote contest hosted from Rotterdam (Scenario D), with all acts performing from their home country, and no in-person festivities or audience in Rotterdam. This scenario was trialed during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in November 2020.

In February 2021, the EBU and the host broadcasters stated that it had ruled out hosting the contest as normal (Scenario A). Scenario C was also modified – all acts would perform remotely like in scenario D. A health and safety protocol for the contest was published on 2 March 2021, with the EBU affirming that the contest will be held under scenario B, while reiterating that downscaling options remain on the table should circumstances change.

Hosting scenarios (as of 3 February 2021)
Contest aspect Scenario A
(Normal)
Scenario B

(1.5 meter) †

Scenario C

(Travel restrictive)

Scenario D

(Lockdown)

Shows from Ahoy Yes Yes Yes Yes
Participants in Rotterdam All All/most None None
Audience in the arena 100% 0-80% 0-80% None
Side events in Rotterdam Yes Adapted Reduced None
Press Centre 1,500 on site 500 on site
1,000 virtual
1,500 virtual 1,500 virtual

Organizzazione. Il 18 marzo 2020 l’Unione europea di radiodiffusione (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 maggio 2021 e sono in corso discussioni con le emittenti olandesi NPO, NOS, AVROTROS, incaricate di organizzare la precedente edizione, e la città di Rotterdam sulla riorganizzazione dell’evento 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.

Il 18 settembre 2020, in concomitanza con la presentazione dei possibili scenari, l’UER ha confermato che i presentatori programmati per l’edizione 2020 (Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit e Nikkie de Jager) avrebbero mantenuto il loro ruolo anche per l’edizione 2021. Nikkie de Jager avrebbe inoltre presentato i contenuti online del concorso, inclusa una serie di video sul canale YouTube del contest dove avrebbe intervistato i vari artisti partecipanti.

I partner ufficiali di quest’edizione sono l’azienda di prodotti cosmetici Moroccanoil e l’agenzia di viaggi online olandese Booking.com.

Posibibli escenari per il Festival dell’EUrovision song COntest 2021
fatti A B C D
in diretta dall’Ahoy Rotterdam Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle green blank.svg
Participanti nei paesi Bassi Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle red blank.svg Eo circle red blank.svg
pubblico nell’arena Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle red blank.svg
Eventi a Rotterdam Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle red blank.svg
Prensa a Rotterdam Eo circle green blank.svg Eo circle green blank.svgEo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg Eo circle orange blank.svg
Resultado Scartado

Eo circle green blank.svg Posibile.   Eo circle orange blank.svg Limitato o con modificazioni. Eo circle red blank.svg Imposibile.

Scenari. Nel settembre 2020 l’UER ha scelto di collaudare quattro scenari da considerare in base agli sviluppi della pandemia di COVID-19 per evitare che l’edizione venga cancellata come quella precedente. Gli scenari possibili sono:

  • svolgimento della manifestazione nella sua tradizionale maniera;
  • simile al precedente, ma con un pubblico distanziato di un metro e mezzo e un numero di membri delle delegazioni ridotto;
  • se alcuni paesi dovessero chiudere le frontiere, i cantanti che li rappresentano si esibiranno da appositi studi di registrazione;
  • se i Paesi Bassi dovessero chiudere le frontiere, tutti i paesi che partecipano faranno esibire i loro cantanti da appositi studi di registrazione.

Production. The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be a co-production between three related Dutch television organisations — Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS — 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

New 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 ha 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 gruppo di referenza della manifestazione tra il 2012 e il 2018.

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. The revamped official logo and branding was unveiled on 4 December 2020. Designed by Clever°Franke, it is “an abstract presentation inspired by the map of world and visually connects the location of the capitals of the [then] 41 participating countries with Rotterdam as Europe’s beating heart”. The revamped visual identity, designed by MediaMonks and NEP, was built around patterns and ‘tracks’ that symbolises the Netherlands and “opening up”.

Postcards. The concept of the 2021 postcards was revealed on 1 December 2020. Based on the “Open Up” theme of the contest, but in a departure from the initial concept created for the 2020 contest’s postcards owing to travel restriction concerns, the postcards will now involve the artists being presented through footage shot in their country of origin, on the framework of a so-called ‘tiny house’ set up in various locations around the Netherlands. The postcard recordings will take place between March and April 2021. So far, only the location of Australia’s postcard has been revealed to be Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in Rotterdam.

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, singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests, and beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials).] In addition, Krista Siegfrids (Finland’s representative in the 2013 contest) 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 (Organizzazione. Logo e slogan). 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 in the main performance venue, and will encompass the entire floor space previously reserved for the standing audience, so as to facilitate social distancing.

Il 16 maggio 2020 l’UER e AVROTROS hanno confermato che lo slogan ufficiale dell’evento resterà Open Up, il medesimo pianificato per l’edizione annullata. Successivamente, con la conferma dei 41 paesi che dovevano prendere parte anche all’edizione precedente, viene annunciato il nuovo logo dell’evento, molto simile al medesimo precedentemente pianificato: un disco che rappresenta, in base alla locazione geografica, i paesi partecipanti all’Eurovision Song Contest in chiave astratta, disegnato dall’agenzia CLEVER°FRANKE. La forma circolare del logo è stata ispirata da quelli disegnati per le edizioni del 1970, del 1976 e del 1980 da Frans Schupp.

Entries (Brani in gara). 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, Bulgaria’s representative for 2020 and 2021, 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.

A seguito della cancellazione l’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.

Back-up Performances. On18 November 2020, the EBU revealed that, as a measure to guarantee that all participants can take part in the contest, every national broadcaster will create a ‘live-on-tape’ recording prior to the contest which can be used if a participant cannot travel to Rotterdam, or subjected to quarantine on arrival. The recordings will take place in a studio setting, in real time (as it would be at the contest) without any edits to the vocals or any part of the performance itself after the recording. A set of production guidelines was also revealed to ensure fairness and the integrity of the recordings. The following countries have confirmed the filming locations for their live-on-tape performances:

  •  Albania – Albania, Tirana
  •  Australia – 
  •  Austria – ORF Studios, Vienna
  •  Azerbaijan – İTV Studios, Baku
  •  Belgium – Palais du Centenaire, Brussels
  •  Bulgaria – Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Croatia – Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Cyprus – Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Czech Republic – ČT Studios, Prague
  •  Denmark – DR Studio 5/DR Byen, Copenhagen
  •  Estonia – Saku Suurhall, Tallinn
  •  Finland – Mediapolis, Tampere
  •  France – France TV Studios/France.tv Studio, Paris
  •  Georgia – Tbilisi
  •  Germany – Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania
  •  Greece – Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Iceland – Reykjavik Art Museum/Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík
  •  Ireland – Dublin
  •  Israel – Herzliya Studios, Tel Aviv
  •  Italy – RAI Studios, Milano
  •  Latvia – 
  •  Lithuania – Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius
  •  Malta – Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Moldova – Ten Dots Virtual Production Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Netherlands – 
  •  North Macedonia – RTS Studios Košutnjak, Belgrade, Serbia
  •  Norway – H3 Arena, Fornebu
  •  Poland – Transcolor Studio, Warsaw
  •  Portugal – RTP Studio 1, Lisbona
  •  Romania – TVR Studios, Bucarest
  •  Russia – 
  •  San Marino – Voxon Studios, Roma
  •  Serbia – RTS Studios Košutnjak, Belgrade
  •  Slovenia – RTV Slovenija Studio 1, Ljubljana
  •  Spain – Prado del Rey Studio 5, Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid)
  •  Sweden – Annexet, Stockholm
  •   Switzerland – SRF Studios, Zürich
  •  Ukraine – 
  •  United Kingdom 

Backing vocals (Voci pre-registrate). 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 also be 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.

Il 18 giugno 2020, l’UER ha comunicato che avrebbe approvato, solo per quest’edizione, l’utilizzo di voci pre-registrate durante l’esibizione. L’uso delle voci sarà del tutto facoltativo, infatti ogni delegazione avrà comunque la possibilità di utilizzare dei coristi, sia sul palco che fuori. Inoltre sarà consentito anche l’utilizzo di una combinazione di voci dal vivo e registrate. Tutte le voci principali che eseguono la canzone sul palcoscenico, compreso un eventuale uso del lead dub, dovranno comunque essere eseguite obbligatoriamente dal vivo sul palco all’interno dell’arena. Questa scelta è stata scaturita per offrire alle nazioni partecipanti la possibilità di viaggiare con delegazioni più piccole, oltre che ad evitare la cancellazione di edizioni future della manifestazione.

Semi-final allocation draw. On 17 November 2020, the EBU confirmed that the semi-final allocation draw for the 2021 contest would not be held. Instead, the semi-finals will feature the same line-up of countries as determined by the draw for the 2020 contest’s semi-finals, which was held on 28 January 2020 at Rotterdam’s City Hall and hosted by contest presenters Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – the Big Five plus the Netherlands – would have to vote in. The EBU also decided to maintain the Netherlands’ grand final running order position – 23. The pots used initially for the 2020 contest featured as follows:

Il 17 novembre 2020 l’UER e il Gruppo di Controllo hanno annunciato di non svolgere il tradizionale sorteggio per determinare la composizione delle semifinali. Infatti, sarà utilizzata la composizione effettuata durante l’edizione precedentemente pianificata, avvenuta il 28 gennaio 2020 al municipio di Rotterdam, presentata da Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley e Jan Smit. Nell’annuncio è stato esplicitato che, come da tradizione, l’ordine di esibizione esatto sarebbe stato stabilito dalla produzione del programma e approvata dal supervisore UER del programma e dal Gruppo di Controllo. In base all’annuncio, le semifinali risultano quindi così composte:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5
  •  Albania
  •  Austria
  •  Croatia
  •  North Macedonia
  •  Serbia
  •  Slovenia
  •   Switzerland
  •  Australia
  •  Denmark
  •  Estonia
  •  Finland
  •  Iceland
  •  Norway
  •  Sweden
  •  Armenia[a]
  •  Azerbaijan
  • Belarus[b]
  •  Georgia
  •  Moldova
  •  Russia
  •  Ukraine
  •  Bulgaria
  •  Cyprus
  •  Greece
  •  Malta
  •  Portugal
  •  Romania
  •  San Marino
  •  Belgium
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel
  •  Latvia
  •  Lithuania
  •  Poland

Opening and interval acts. The second semi-final will be opened by breakdancer Redouan Ait Chitt (Redo) and singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser, with ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and BMX-er Dez Maarsen performing during the interval. 

The final will be opened with a flag parade, introducing all twenty-six finalists, accompanied by music produced by 16-year-old DJ Pieter Gabriel. During an interval act titled “Rock the Roof”, six former Eurovision winners — Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In with Getty Kaspers (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015) — will perform their winning songs atop several venues in Rotterdam. DJ Afrojack, singers Glennis Grace (who represented the Netherlands in the 2005 contest) and Wulf will perform “Music Binds Us” – a two-part specially commissioned piece – together with a symphony orchestra composed of young musicians from across the Netherlands, specifically formed for this occasion. Duncan Laurence will later perform his winning song “Arcade”, alongside a new single.

Red – Participating countries in the first semi-final. Pink – Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final. Blue – Participating countries in the second semi-final. Celestial – Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final.

Participating countries (Paesi Partecipanti). The EBU initially announced on 26 October 2020 that 41 countries would participate in the contest, featuring the same line-up of countries that were set to participate in the cancelled 2020 edition. Bulgaria and Ukraine will mark their return to the contest after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Montenegro were confirmed as non-returning following their latest appearances in 2019.

In March 2021, Armenia and Belarus confirmed their non-participation in the contest; Armenia withdrew due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, while Belarus was disqualified after submitting an entry in violation of the rules, thereby reducing the number of participating countries to 39.

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, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. In addition, artists initially selected for 2020 from Estonia and Lithuania have won their national finals to represent their countries in 2021.

Discounting 2020, so far, the contest is set to feature three representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same country, and five artists who participated in other Eurovision events or as backing vocalists for the same or for another country.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Natalia Gordienko  Moldova 2006 (alongside Arsenium)
Senhit  San Marino 2011
Sanja Vučić (member of Hurricane)  Serbia 2016
Ksenija Knežević (member of Hurricane) 2015 (as backing vocal for Knez, representing Montenegro)
Destiny Chukunyere  Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (winner)
2019 (as backing vocal for Michela Pace)
Stefania  Greece Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (representing the Netherlands as a member of Kisses)
Vincent Bueno  Austria 2017 (as backing vocal for Nathan Trent)
Vasil  North Macedonia 2019 (as backing vocal for Tamara Todevska)

Semi-finalists / Finalists. The following countries have confirmed their intent to participate in the 2021 contest.

Il 26 ottobre 2020 è stata ufficializzata la lista definitiva degli stati partecipanti a questa edizione, che ne prevedeva 41. Tuttavia, il 5 marzo 2021 l’Armenia ha annunciato il ritiro dalla competizione, portando così il numero a 40. Successivamente, l’UER ha confermato l’esclusione della Bielorussia dal concorso, portando ufficialmente il numero dei partecipanti a 39

Stato Artista Brano Lingua Processo di selezione Note
 Albania

11º SF 2

Anxhela Peristeri “Karma” Albanese Festivali i Këngës 59, 23-12-2020 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata rispetto a quello che ha vinto la selezione nazionale.
 Australia

5º SF 1

Montaigne “Technicolour” Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 01- 04-2020; Canzone: 05-03-2021 In caso di vittoria dell’Australia la SBS produrrà l’evento in Europa assieme a un altro membro dell’UER.
 Austria

5º SF 2

Vincent Bueno “Amen” Inglese  Selezione Interna, Artista: 26-03-2020; Canzone: 26-02-2021
14º Azerbaigian

SF 1

Efendi

(Əfəndi)

“Mata Hari”

(Günəş)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 20-03-2020; Canzone: annunciata 13-03-2021 / presentata 15-03-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in azero.
 Belgio
11º SF 1
Hooverphonic “The Wrong Place” Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 20-03-2020; Canzone: 04-03-2021
 Bielorussia

SF 1 (withdrawn)

Galasy ZMesta

(Галасы ЗМеста)

“Ya nauchu tebya (I’ll Teach You)” (Я научу тебя)

“Песенка про зайца (Песенка)” (Pesnya pro zaytsev (Pesenka), Song About Hares (Little Song)”

 

Selezione Interna, Artista: 09-03-2021; Canzone: Originariamente il gruppo aveva proposto il brano Ja nauču tebja (I’ll Teach You), ma due giorni dopo l’UER ha squalificato il pezzo per via del messaggio politico del testo contrario al regolamento del concorso, dando comunque alla Bielorussia la possibilità di presentare una nuova canzone, in modo da prevenire la squalifica del paese dal concorso.
 Bulgaria

13º SF 2

VICTORIA (Виктория) “Growing Up Is Getting Old”

(Порастването е остаряване)

Inglese  Selezione Interna, Artista: 21-03-2020; Canzone: 10-03-2021
 Cipro

8º SF 1

Elena Tsagkrinou (Έλενα Τσαγκρινού) “El diablo”

(διάβολο, The devil)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 25-11-2020; Canzone: annunciata, 25-11-2020 / presentata 24-02-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in spagnolo.
Croazia

10º SF 1

Albina “Tick-Tock” Inglese,
croato
DORA 2021., 13 -02-2021
 Danimarca

17º SF 2

Fyr & Flamme (Fyr og Flamme) “Øve os på hinanden”

(Practice on each other)

Danese Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 20211, 06-03-2021
Estonia
2º SF 2
Uku Suviste “The Lucky One”

(See õnnelik)

Inglese Eesti Laul 2021, 06-03-2021
 Finlandia

14º SF 2

Blind Channel “Dark Side”

(Pimeä puoli)

Inglese UMK 2021, 20-02-2021
 Francia

?º FI

Barbara Pravi “Voilà” Francese  Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez?, 30-01-2021
 Georgia

10º SF 2

Tornike Kipiani (თორნიკე ყიფიანი) “You” Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 19-03-2020;  annunciate  01-03-2021 / pubblicato 15-03-2021
 Germania

?º FI

Jendrik “I Don’t Feel Hate”

(Ich fühle keinen Hass)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 06-02-2021; Canzone: 25-02-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in tedesco.
Grecia

4º SF 2

Stefania (Στεφανία) “Last Dance”

(Τελευταίο χορό)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 18-03-2020; Canzone: annunciata 07-01-2021, presentata: 10-03-2021
 Irlanda

7º SF 1

Lesley Roy “MAPS”

(Léarscáileanna)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 17-12-2020, Canzone: annunciato 19-02-2021 / presentato 26 -02-2021
 Islanda

8º SF 2

Daði & Gagnamagnið (Daði og Gagnamagnið) “10 Years”

(10 ár)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 23-10-2020; Canzone: annunciato 24-02-2020 / presentato 13-03-2021
 Israele

12º SF 1

Eden Alene

(עדן אלנה‎; ኤደን አለነ)

“Set Me Free”

(חופשייה)

Inglese,
ebraico
 Selezione Interna, Artista: 22-03-2020; HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion, Canzone: 25-01-2021 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata rispetto a quello che ha vinto la selezione nazionale.
Italia

?º FI

Måneskin “Zitti e buoni”

(Shut up and behave)

Italiano Festival di Sanremo 2021, 06-03-2021 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata rispetto a quello che ha vinto la selezione nazionale.
 Lettonia

15º SF 2

Samanta Tīna “The Moon Is Rising”

(Mēness lec)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 16-05-2020; Canzone: 09-03-2021 / presentato 12-03-2021
Lituania

1º SF 1

The Roop “Discoteque” 

(Diskoteka)

Inglese Pabandom iš naujo! 2021, 06-02-2021
Macedonia del Nord

6º SF 1

Vasil (Васил) “Here I Stand” Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 20-01-2021; Canzone: 12-03-2021
 Malta
16º SF 1
Destiny “Je me casse”

(I Go Away, I Break Off)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 16-05-2020; Canzone: 15-03-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in francese.
 Moldavia

7º SF 2

Natalia Gordienko

(Наталія Гордієнко)

“SUGAR”

(Zahăr; Туз буби, Tuz bubi, Ace of diamonds)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 26-01-2021; Canzone: annunciato 14 -02-2021 / presentato 04-03-2021
 Norvegia

9º SF 1

TIX “Fallen Angel”

(Fallen engel; Ut av mørket; Out of the dark)

Inglese Melodi Grand Prix 2021, 20-02-2021
 Paesi Bassi

23º  FI

Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age” 

(Geboorte Van Een Nieuw Tijdperk)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 18-03-2020; Canzone:  04-03-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in sranan tongo.
 Polonia

6º SF 2

Rafał Brzozowski “The Ride”

(Przejażdżka)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista e Canzone: 12-03-2021
 Portogallo
12º SF 2
The Black Mamba “Love Is on My Side”

(O Amor Está Do Meu Lado)

Inglese Festival da Canção 2021, 06-03-2021
 Regno Unito

?º Fi

James Newman “Embers” Inglese Selezione Interna, Cantante:  19 -02-2021; Canzone: annunciato 10-03-2021 / presentato 11-03-2021
 Repubblica Ceca

3º SF 2

Benny Cristo “Omaga”

(Oh My God)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 13-05-2020, Canzone:  16-02-2001 Il brano contiene alcune parole in ceco.
 Romania

13º SF 1

ROXEN “Amnesia”

(Amnezie)

Inglese  Selezione Interna, Artista: 31-03-2020; Canzone: 04-03-2021
 Russia

3º SF 1

Manizha (Манижа) “Russian Woman” (Русская женщина»; Russkaya zhenshchina) Russo,
inglese
Evrovidenie 2021, 08-03-2021 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata rispetto a quello che ha vinto la selezione nazionale.
San Marino

1º SF 2

Senhit (feat. Flo Rida) “Adrenalina” Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 16-05-2020; Canzone: 07-03-201 Il brano contiene alcune parole in italiano.
 Serbia

9º SF 2

Hurricane

(con Olga Popović/Олга Поповић, Jelena Pajić/Јелена Пајић e Mladen Lukić/Младен Лукић)

“Loco loco” (Лудо лудо) Serbo  Selezione Interna, Artista: 23-11-2020; Canzone: 22-02-2021 Il brano contiene alcune parole in inglese e spagnolo.
Slovenia

2º SF 1

Ana Soklič “Amen”

(Ámen)

Inglese Selezione Interna, Artista: 16 maggio 2020, EMA 2021, Canzone: 27-02-2021
 Spagna

?º FI

Blas Cantó

(con Alba Gil, Héctor Artiles, Daira Monzón, Irene Alman y Dángelo Ortega)

“Voy a quedarme” (I will stay) Spagnolo Selezione Interna, Artista: 18 marzo 2020; Canzone: Destino Eurovisión 2021, 20-02-2021 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata rispetto a quello che ha vinto la selezione nazionale.
 Svezia

4º SF 1

Tusse “Voices”

(Röster)

Inglese Melodifestivalen 2021, 13-03-2021
Svizzera

16º SF 2

Gjon’s Tears “Tout l’Univers”

(Das ganze Universum, Tutto l’universo, All the Universe)

Francese Selezione Interna, Artista: 20-03-2020; Canzone: 10-03-2021
Ucraina

15º SF 1

Go_A  “Shum” 

(Шум, Noise)

Ucraino Selezione Interna, Artista: 18-03-2020, Canzone, 04-02 Il brano in gara è una versione modificata di quello inizialmente annunciato.

L’evento.

Semi-final 1 / Prima Semifinale: The first semi-final will take place on 18 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Sixteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will vote in this semi-final. Belarus was originally allocated to participate in the first half of the semi-final, but was disqualified from the contest after submitting an entry in violation of the rules.

La prima semifinale si svolgerà il 18 maggio 2021 alle 21:00 CEST; vi gareggeranno 16 paesi (fino all’esclusione della Bielorussia gli stati in gara sarebbero dovuti essere 17) e voteranno anche Germania, Italia e Paesi Bassi. L’ordine di uscita è stato reso noto il 30 marzo 2021.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
1st half  Australia Montaigne “Technicolour” English
 Belarus Galasy ZMesta TBA[b]
 Ireland Lesley Roy “MAPS” English
 Lithuania The Roop “Discoteque” English
 North Macedonia Vasil “Here I Stand” English
 Russia Manizha “Russian Woman” Russian, English
 Slovenia Ana Soklič “Amen” English
 Sweden Tusse “Voices” English
2nd half  Azerbaijan Efendi “Mata Hari” English[c]
 Belgium Hooverphonic “The Wrong Place” English
 Croatia Albina “Tick-Tock” English, Croatian
 Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou El Diablo English[d]
 Israel Eden Alene “Set Me Free” English[e]
 Malta Destiny Je me casse English[f]
 Norway Tix “Fallen Angel” English
 Romania Roxen “Amnesia” English
 Ukraine Go_A “Shum” (Шум) Ukrainian
Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
01  Lithuania The Roop “Discoteque” English
02  Slovenia Ana Soklič “Amen” English
03  Russia Manizha “Russian Woman” Russian, English
04  Sweden Tusse “Voices” English
05  Australia Montaigne “Technicolour” English
06  North Macedonia Vasil “Here I Stand” English
07  Ireland Lesley Roy “Maps” English
08  Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou El Diablo English[c]
09  Norway Tix “Fallen Angel” English
10  Croatia Albina “Tick-Tock” English, Croatian
11  Belgium Hooverphonic “The Wrong Place” English
12  Israel Eden Alene “Set Me Free” English[d]
13  Romania Roxen “Amnesia” English
14  Azerbaijan Efendi “Mata Hari” English[e]
15  Ukraine Go_A “Shum” (Шум) Ukrainian
16  Malta Destiny Je me casse English[f]

Semi-final 2 / Seconda Semifinale: The second semi-final will take place on 20 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Seventeen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Those countries plus France, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final. Armenia was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final, but withdrew from the contest due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

La seconda semifinale si svolgerà il 20 maggio 2021 alle 21:00 CEST; vi gareggeranno 17 paesi (fino al ritiro dell’Armenia gli stati in gara sarebbero dovuti essere 18) e voteranno anche Francia, Spagna e Regno Unito. L’ordine di uscita è stato reso noto il 30 marzo 2021.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
1st half  Austria Vincent Bueno “Amen” English
 Czech Republic Benny Cristo “Omaga” English[g]
 Estonia Uku Suviste “The Lucky One” English
 Greece Stefania “Last Dance” English
 Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið “10 Years” English
 Moldova Natalia Gordienko “Sugar” English
 Poland Rafał “The Ride” English
 San Marino Senhit[h] Adrenalina English[i]
 Serbia Hurricane Loco Loco Serbian[j]
2nd half  Albania Anxhela Peristeri “Karma” Albanian
 Bulgaria Victoria “Growing Up Is Getting Old” English
 Denmark Fyr & Flamme Øve os på hinanden Danish
 Finland Blind Channel “Dark Side” English
 Georgia Tornike Kipiani “You” English
 Latvia Samanta Tīna “The Moon Is Rising” English
 Portugal The Black Mamba “Love Is on My Side” English
  Switzerland Gjon’s Tears “Tout l’Univers” French
Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
01  San Marino Senhit[g] Adrenalina English[h]
02  Estonia Uku Suviste “The Lucky One” English
03  Czech Republic Benny Cristo “Omaga” English[i]
04  Greece Stefania “Last Dance” English
05  Austria Vincent Bueno “Amen” English
06  Poland Rafał “The Ride” English
07  Moldova Natalia Gordienko “Sugar” English
08  Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið “10 Years” English
09  Serbia Hurricane Loco Loco Serbian[j]
10  Georgia Tornike Kipiani “You” English
11  Albania Anxhela Peristeri “Karma” Albanian
12  Portugal The Black Mamba “Love Is on My Side” English
13  Bulgaria Victoria “Growing Up Is Getting Old” English
14  Finland Blind Channel “Dark Side” English
15  Latvia Samanta Tīna “The Moon Is Rising” English
16   Switzerland Gjon’s Tears “Tout l’Univers” French
17  Denmark Fyr & Flamme Øve os på hinanden Danish

Final / Finale: The final will take place on 22 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST). Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, composing of the host country, the Big Five, and the ten best-ranked entries of each of the two semi-finals. All thirty-nine participating countries will vote in the final.

La finale si svolgerà il 22 maggio 2021 alle 21:00 CEST; vi gareggeranno i 10 paesi qualificatisi durante la prima semifinale, i 10 qualificatisi durante la seconda semifinale e i 6 finalisti di diritto, per un totale di 26 paesi. Il 21 novembre 2020, in maniera simile alla composizione delle semifinali, anche i Paesi Bassi, lo Stato organizzatore, manterrà la posizione precedentemente sorteggiata il 9 marzo 2020, ovvero la ventitreesima posizione.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
23  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age” English, Sranan Tongo
 France Barbara Pravi Voilà French
 Germany Jendrik “I Don’t Feel Hate” English[k]
 Italy Måneskin Zitti e buoni Italian
 Spain Blas Cantó Voy a quedarme Spanish
 United Kingdom James Newman “Embers” English
Draw Country Artist Song Language(s)
 France Barbara Pravi Voilà French
 Germany Jendrik “I Don’t Feel Hate” English[k]
 Italy Måneskin Zitti e buoni Italian
 Spain Blas Cantó Voy a quedarme Spanish
 United Kingdom James Newman “Embers” English
23  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age” English, Sranan Tongo

Other countries (Altri Paesi). 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 issued an invitation of participation in the contest 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). / Susanne Georgi, rappresentante del principato all’edizione del 2009, ha annunciato di aver trovato i finanziamenti necessari affinché il paese possa tornare in concorso. Tuttavia, nel giugno 2020 la RTVA ha confermato che il paese non avrebbe preso parte all’edizione del 2021.
  •  Armenia – Having intended to compete in the 2020 contest, Armenia were initially confirmed for the 2021 contest when the list of participants was announced by the EBU in October 2020, and were set to perform in the second half of the second semi-final. However, on 5 March 2021, the Public Television Company of Armenia (AMPTV) confirmed that they were subsequently unable to participate in the contest due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war. / nonostante un’iniziale conferma, il 5 marzo 2021 ARMTV ha confermato il ritiro del paese dalla competizione all’ultimo minuto citando come motivo le forti crisi governative del paese a causa della guerra nell’Artsakh.
  •  Belarus – Having intended to compete in 2020, Belarus were initially confirmed for the 2021 contest when the list of participants was announced by the EBU in October 2020, and were set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final. However, on 26 March 2021, Belarus was disqualified by the EBU after their entry “Ya nauchu tebya (I’ll Teach You)” by Galasy ZMesta was rejected due to violating the rules, and not being able to submit an eligible replacement entry. / nonostante un’iniziale conferma, il 26 marzo 2021 l’UER ha confermato l’esclusione del paese dopo il mancato adempimento di BTRC di presentare un brano conforme al regolamento della manifestazione.
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – In October 2020, Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) confirmed that the country would not return in 2021, citing ongoing financial issues. Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated in 2016. / il 6 ottobre 2020 BHRT ha confermato che il paese non sarebbe tornato a partecipare in questa edizione, citando i forti debiti verso l’UER.
  •  Hungary – With no further explanation, Hungary was not included on the final list of participating countries for the 2021 contest.
  •  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”. / il 30 luglio 2020 RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg ha confermato che il paese non sarebbe tornato a partecipare in questa edizione, affermando di “non volersi concentrare su spettacoli di intrattenimento e musica”, e che “la partecipazione al concorso porterebbe l’emittente in crisi finanziaria”.
  •  Monaco – Monégasque broadcaster TMC confirmed in September 2020 that they would not participate in the 2021 contest. / l’8 settembre 2020 TMC ha confermato che il principato non sarebbe tornato a partecipare nell’edizione 2021.
  •  Montenegro – Montenegrin broadcaster Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) confirmed in October 2020 that they would not participate in the 2021 contest. They had previously withdrawn from competing in the later-cancelled 2020 contest due to a series of poor results and the costs associated with participation. / il 12 ottobre 2020 RTCG ha confermato che il paese non sarebbe tornato a partecipare in questa edizione, citando gli scarsi risultati ottenuti e gli alti costi di partecipazione.
  • 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. Ultimately, Morocco was not included on the final list of participating countries for the 2021 contest. / Il 1º febbraio 2020 Karim Sbai, direttore delle comunicazioni alla SNRT, ha confermato che un eventuale ritorno al concorso non era stato ancora discusso. Il 26 ottobre 2020 l’UER ha annunciato la non partecipazione del paese.
  •  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. / Il 3 agosto 2020 RTVS ha confermato che il paese non sarebbe tornato a partecipare in questa edizione, citando gli alti costi di partecipazione e lo scarso interesse del pubblico. 
  • Turkey – In May 2020, Faruk Kaymakcı, Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, stated that he hoped to see Turkey returning to the contest. However, Turkey was not included on the final list of participating countries for the 2021 contest. Turkey last took part in 2012. / Il 23 maggio 2020 Faruk Kaymakcı, Vice Ministro degli Affari esteri turco e Direttore per gli affari dell’UE, ha affermato che spera di poter vedere il suo paese tornare al concorso. Tuttavia il 26 ottobre 2020 l’UER ha annunciato la non partecipazione del paese.

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. / Il 16 febbraio 2020 l’UER ha dichiarato che avrebbe valutato la possibilità di invitare la nazione al concorso se l’American Song Contest, l’imminente controparte americana, avesse avuto successo. Diverse emittenti statunitensi sono membri associatati dell’UER. Tuttavia, il 26 ottobre 2020 l’UER ha annunciato la non partecipazione del paese.
  •  Kazakhstan – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kazakhstan to the 2021 contest. / il 18 agosto 2020 l’UER ha annunciato che il paese non sarebbe stato invitato a partecipare all’edizione 2021, rendendo impossibile il debutto alla manifestazione.

Non-EBU members.

  •  Kosovo – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kosovo to the 2021 contest. / il 18 agosto 2020 l’UER ha annunciato che il paese non sarebbe stato invitato a partecipare all’edizione 2021, rendendo impossibile il debutto alla manifestazione.
  •  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. / il 30 luglio 2020 1 FL TV ha confermato che il paese non avrebbe debuttato nel 2021, citando gli alti costi di partecipazione.

Incidents. 

Belarusian entry: After “Ya nauchu tebya (I’ll Teach You)” was announced as the Belarusian entry for the contest, the EBU ruled that the song did not comply with the contest’s rules against political entries, and that the song was not eligible to compete in the contest unless it was modified or replaced. After failing to meet an extended deadline for submitting an eligible entry, with their second submission “Pesnyu pro zaytsa (Song About Hares)” also being found to not comply with the rules, it was announced on 26 March 2021 that Belarus was disqualified from the contest.

Controversy / Controversie. “Ya nauchu tebya (I’ll Teach You)” (Russian: Я научу тебя) is a song by Belarusian band Galasy ZMesta. The song was selected by the Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but was rejected by the competition’s organisers for having content which they believed was too political in nature. The music video was also taken down from the official Eurovision site.

On 9 March 2021, Belarusian broadcaster BTRC confirmed that Galasy ZMesta would represent Belarus in the 2021 contest with the song “Ya nauchu tebya”. The song would perform in the first half of the first semi-final of the contest. Although many artists who had originally planned to participate in the cancelled Eurovision 2020 contest returned to Eurovision 2021, state broadcaster BTRC had confirmed in September 2020 that they would refuse to reselect VAL as Belarus’ representatives due to VAL’s support for the 2020 Belarusian protests, alleging that the duo “had no conscience”.

“Ya nauchu tebya” elicited a strongly negative response from Eurovision fans. Within hours of its release, a Change.org petition was started requesting Belarus’ disqualification from Eurovision 2021 due to lyrics which were interpreted as celebrating “political oppression and slavery”. It generated over one thousand signatures in twelve hours. Later in the day, Sweden withdrew Belarus’ place on the Melodifestivalen jury, asking the United Kingdom to step in as a replacement. Several Eurovision news websites stated that they would stop giving coverage to the entry.

The day after the song’s announcement, the EBU issued a statement asserting that due to the political nature of the song, it did not follow the rules of the contest. The Belarusian broadcaster were subsequently given the option of either resubmitting a modified version of the song, or selecting a different song. Should Belarus refuse both alternatives, the country would no longer able to compete.

A second song was proposed titled “Pesnya pro zaytsev (Song About Hares)”, it was in its turn rejected by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) depriving Belarus from taking part in the 2021 contest. EBU issued a statement saying: “It was concluded that the new submission was also in breach of the rules of the competition that ensure the Contest is not instrumentalized or brought into disrepute. As BTRC have failed to submit an eligible entry within the extended deadline, regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May”.

Possible North Macedonian withdrawal. On March 16th, the North Macedonian delegation released a statement that they were to ‘review and analyse all aspects of the public reactions to the Eurovision Song Contest’. This came after controversy towards the country’s artist Vasil because artwork in the music video for his Eurovison entry ‘Here I Stand’ (which was released 5 days prior to the statement being released) somewhat replicated that of the Bulgarian flag. However, the video was altered and reuploaded to the official Eurovision song contest YouTube channel. MRT stated that ‘the public will be informed about the final decision’.

  • Cipro Cipro: il 28 febbraio 2021 la Chiesa ortodossa di Cipro ha chiesto il ritiro della partecipazione nazionale a causa del messaggio del brano El diablo, accusato di glorificare la figura di Satana. Di conseguenza, l’associazione dei giovani ortodossi di Cipro ha manifestato davanti alla sede dell’emittente pubblica CyBC, portando all’arresto di un uomo. In risposta alle accuse, l’emittente ha rilasciato un comunicato dove spiega che il messaggio del brano riguarda principalmente la sindrome di Stoccolma e che la figura del diavolo è puramente metaforica.
  • Bielorussia Bielorussia: il 9 marzo 2021 l’ente radiotelevisivo BTRC ha selezionato il gruppo bielorusso Galasy ZMesta per rappresentare la Bielorussia nella competizione con il brano Ja nauču tebja (I’ll Teach You). Tuttavia, il brano ha suscitato molte controversie a causa del suo esplicito messaggio politico contro i partecipanti alle proteste nazionali in Bielorussia. A poche ore dalla sua pubblicazione è stata avviata una petizione sulla piattaforma Change.org che chiedeva la squalifica della Bielorussia dall’Eurovision Song Contest a causa del testo interpretato come una celebrazione di «oppressione politica e schiavitù». L’11 marzo 2021 l’UER ha rilasciato una dichiarazione affermando che a causa della natura politica della canzone, che va contro il regolamento della manifestazione, non sarebbe stato accettato a competere. All’emittente bielorussa è stata successivamente data la possibilità di presentare una versione modificata della canzone o di selezionarne una nuova. In caso contrario, la Bielorussia sarebbe stata squalificata dal concorso. Il 26 marzo 2021 l’UER ha confermato l’esclusione del paese dal concorso dopo che anche il nuovo brano presentato da BTRC, Pesnja pro zajcev, non è risultato conforme al regolamento della manifestazione.
  • Macedonia del Nord Macedonia del Nord: nel video ufficiale del brano Here I Stand, girato presso la Galleria nazionale della Macedonia di Skopje, era presente un’installazione artistica di Janeta Vangeli che nell’insieme ricreava i colori della bandiera della Bulgaria. Nonostante una repentina rimozione dell’opera dal video musicale caricato sul canale YouTube della manifestazione, più di 13 000 macedoni hanno firmato una petizione chiedendo all’emittente nazionale MRT la sostituzione dell’artista a causa delle forti tensioni politiche tra i due paesi. Il successivo 16 marzo l’emittente ha comunicato di aver istituito una commissione interna per analizzare tutti gli aspetti della partecipazione alla manifestazione, nonché la reazione del pubblico. Dopo un attento scrutinio, il 23 marzo l’emittente ha comunicato la conferma definitiva della partecipazione al concorso sia con l’artista che con il brano precedentemente selezionati.
  • Russia Russia: dopo la vittoria di Maniža alla selezione russa, alcune associazioni di stampo conservatore (tra cui l’Unione russa delle donne ortodosse) hanno fortemente criticato la scelta del brano Russian Woman, accusandolo di ispirare odio verso gli uomini e di insultare la dignità delle donne russe. Ulteriori accuse sono state poste da Valentina Matvienko, presidente del Consiglio federale, che ha richiesto una revisione sulla correttezza dello svolgimento della selezione. Il 5 aprile 2021 il Comitato investigativo della Russia ha comunicato di aver aperto un’inchiesta riguardante il messaggio del brano definito da molte celebrità un inno anti-russo.

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons.

Spokespersons. The points given out by the national juries will be announced during the final by a spokesperson from each participating country. The following spokespersons have been announced as of April 2021:

  •  Denmark – Tina Müller

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:

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Bulgaria All shows BNT / BNT 1
 Denmark All shows DR / DR1 Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech
 France Both semi-finals France Télévisions / France 4 André Manoukian
Final France Télévisions / France 2 Stéphane Bern,
Laurence Boccolini
 Germany Both semi-finals ARD/NDR / One
Final ARD/NDR / Das Erste
 Greece All shows ERT / ERT 1 Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis
 Italy Both semi-finals RAI / Rai 4 Ema Stokholma and Saverio Raimondo
Final RAI / Rai 1 Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio
RAI / Rai Radio 2  Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio
 Netherlands All shows NPO / NPO 1 Cornald Maas and Sander Lantinga
 Norway All shows NRK / RK1 Marte Stokstad
 Russia All shows Channel One / Pervyj kanal Yury Aksyuta and Yana Churikova
 Ukraine All shows UA:PBC / UA:First/UA:Peršyj Timur Miroshnychenko
 United Kingdom Both semi-finals BBC / BBC Four
Final BBC / BBC One Graham Norton
BBC / BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Canada All shows OMNI Television Nessuno

Alternative programming (Eventi online). A causa della pandemia di COVID-19, i pre-party previsti nei mesi di marzo e aprile non sono stati organizzati, ma è stata lasciata comunque la possibilità di tenere eventi online.

Eurovision Song Celebration 2021 / Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-On-Tape: The EBU announced on 29 March 2021 that Eurovision Song Celebration would be returning for a second edition, premiering on the contest’s official YouTube channel. The 2021 show, hosted by Krista Siegfrids and airs in two parts on 28 and 29 May, will showcase all 39 ‘live-on-tape’ back-up performances, alongside other bonus material. Like in the previous year’s Song Celebration, fans will be asked to contribute to the show by sending videoclips of their favourite entries.

Il 29 marzo 2021 l’UER ha confermato la seconda edizione dello spettacolo Eurovision Song Celebration sul canale ufficiale YouTube della manifestazione previsto per il 28 e 29 maggio 2021, una settimana dopo la trasmissione della finale.

Lo spettacolo, condotto da Krista Siegfrids, rappresentante della Finlandia all’Eurovision Song Contest 2013, comprenderà le 39 esibizioni pre-registrate realizzate nel caso in cui uno degli artisti in gara non potrà recarsi a Rotterdam o dovrà sottoporsi alla quarantena sul posto.

Durante la serata evento, inoltre, interveranno anche youtuber, che condivideranno le loro opinioni e reazioni ai brani in gara. Inoltre, il tradizionale riepilogo generale dei brani verrà sostituito da uno realizzato dai fan, che avranno la possibilità di cantare il loro brano preferito.

Eurovision Spain Pre-Party at Home 2021. La seconda edizione dell’evento online, che si terrà il 24 aprile 2021, vedrà gli artisti esibirsi in diretta da casa. Vi parteciperanno:

  • Australia Australia
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
  • Croazia Croazia
  • Francia Francia
  • Germania Germania
  • Irlanda Irlanda
  • Lettonia Lettonia
  • Malta Malta
  • Macedonia del Nord Macedonia del Nord
  • San Marino San Marino
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Ucraina Ucraina

Notes

  1. a^ Armenia withdrew from the contest on 5 March 2021.
  2. b^ Belarus was disqualified from the contest on 26 March 2021.
  3. c^ Contains repeated words in Spanish
  4. d^ Contains several phrases in Hebrew
  5. e^ Contains one repeated chant in Azerbaijani
  6. f^ Contains one repeated phrase in French
  7. g^ The song features vocals from Flo Rida.
  8. h^ Contains one repeated word in Italian
  9. i^ Contains one sentence in Czech
  10. j^ Contains one phrase in English and one repeated word in Spanish
  11. k^ Contains two spoken sentences in German

Official album.

Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021
Eurovision 2021 CD cover.png
Compilation album by 

Eurovision Song Contest
Released 23 April 2021
Genre Pop
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision: A Tribute to the Artists and Songs 2020
(2020)
Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021
(2021)

Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and will be released by Universal Music Group digitally on 16 April 2021 and physically on 23 April 2021. The album features all 39 entries including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the final.