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Eurovision Song Contest 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
Executive supervisor Martin Österdahl
Executive producer
  • Sietse Bakker
  • Astrid Dutrénit
Host broadcaster
  • AVROTROS
  • Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)
  • Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO)
Participants

Participation map

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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

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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. The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest, before it had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 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, il 18, 20 e 22 maggio 2021.

Location. The 2021 contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, 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.

It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands has hosted the contest, the last time having been the 1980 contest. Rotterdam Ahoy had previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

Preparations. Prior to the announcement and following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the organising EBU (European Broadcasting Union) 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 contest. AVROTROS, NOS and NPO had until mid-May 2020 to find an alternative if Rotterdam declined 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, making the event’s staging uncertain, however, AVROTROS had continued talks with the Dutch government.

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.

Format.

Dates. The 2021 contest is set to be held on 18, 20, and 22 May 2021.

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 inside to the main performance venue.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.[22] Sietse Bakker and Astrid Dutrénit will serve as executive producers, while Emilie Sickinghe and Jessica Stam will serve as deputy executive producers.

Provisional list of participating countries (Paesi Partecipanti). Ad oggi i seguenti Stati hanno confermato la loro partecipazione a questa edizione.

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.

So far, the contest is set to feature one representative who also previously performed as a lead vocalist for the same country, and three artists who participated in other Eurovision events or as backing vocalists for the same of 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.

Semi-finalists / Finalists. 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.

Paesi Artista Brano Lingua Processo di selezione Note
 Albania Festivali i Këngës 59
 Australia Montaigne Interno; cantante annunciata il 1º aprile 2020 In caso di vittoria dell’Australia la SBS produrrà l’evento in Europa assieme a un altro membro dell’EBU-UER.
 Austria Vincent Bueno Interno; cantante annunciato il 26 marzo 2020
 Azerbaigian Efendi Interno; cantante annunciata il 20 marzo 2020
 Belgio Hooverphonic Interno; gruppo annunciato il 20 marzo 2020
 Bulgaria Victoria Interno; cantante annunciata il 21 marzo 2020
 Cipro Interno
 Croazia Dora 2021
 Danimarca Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021
 Estonia Eesti Laul 2021
 Finlandia UMK 2021
 Francia Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez
 Georgia Tornik’e Kipiani Interno; cantante annunciato il 19 marzo 2020
 Germania[23]
 Grecia Stefania Interno; cantante annunciata il 18 marzo 2020
 Irlanda[25]
 Israele Eden Alene Interno; cantante annunciata il 22 marzo 2020, finale nazionale per il brano
 Lettonia Samanta Tīna Interno; cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
 Lituania Pabandom iš naujo! 2021
 Malta Destiny Interno; cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
 Moldavia Natalia Gordienko Interno; cantante annunciata il 15 luglio 2020
 Norvegia Melodi Grand Prix 2021
 Paesi Bassi (organizzatore) Jeangu Macrooy Interno; cantante annunciato il 18 marzo 2020
 Repubblica Ceca Benny Cristo Interno; cantante annunciato il 13 maggio 2020
 Romania Roxen Interno; cantante annunciata il 31 marzo 2020
 San Marino Senhit Interno; cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020
 Slovenia Ana Soklič Interno; cantante annunciata il 16 maggio 2020,  finale nazionale per il brano
 Spagna Blas Cantó Interno; cantante annunciato il 18 marzo 2020
 Svezia Melodifestivalen 2021[39]
 Svizzera Gjon’s Tears Interno; cantante annunciato il 20 marzo 2020
 Ucraina Go_A Interno; gruppo annunciato il 18 marzo 2020

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 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. In June 2020, Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra confirmed that Andorra 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 stated that the broadcaster was unlikely to participate in the contest.
  • Turkey – In May 2020, Faruk Kaymakci, Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, stated that he hoped to see his country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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.

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
 Malta All shows TVM
 Norway All shows NRK1 Marte Stokstad
 San Marino All shows San Marino RTV and Radio San Marino