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The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be the 65th edition of the long-running event. With the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it was decided by the EBU in a deal reached with Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS that Rotterdam would pick up where it left off and once again be the host city, with the shows being held at Rotterdam Ahoy.

The Netherlands had earned the right to host the contest following Duncan Laurence's win in Tel Aviv in 2019.

According to Ahoy management, the contest would be hosted in either the second or third week of May. Which means option 1 would have the semis held on 11 and 13 May, with the final on 15 May. Option 2 would have the semis held on 18 and 20 May, with the final on 22 May.

Rotterdam City Council voted on 23 April 2020 to provide extra funding to keep the contest in the city, with an incentive to give free tickets to those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines.

The EBU announced that the songs confirmed for 2020 would not be carried over, however the individual broadcasters had the option of internally sending their confirmed 2020 artists.

More news will be shared here as it becomes available over the coming months.

Format

Presenters

It is likely that the planned presenting trio would be carried over to 2021. Two-time Eurovision participant Edsilia Rombley, actress/TV presenter Chantal Janzen and singer/Eurovision commentator Jan Smit would handle the main presenting duties, with NikkieTutorials providing online content.

Theme

The 2021 theme has yet to be revealed.

Incidents

Participants

The following artists from 2020 have been confirmed as their country's representative in 2021:

The following countries will choose new artists/songs for 2021:

The following countries have confirmed for 2021, but have not yet declared if their 2020 artist will participate, either via internal choice or a guaranteed entry into their national selection:

The following countries have yet to confirm:

  • IconIceland Iceland (Daði Freyr has expressed interest in being chosen internally, but would not participate in Söngvakeppnin 2021 as a performer if asked)
  • IconPoland Poland (Alicja Szemplińska says she is ready to represent her country, awaiting confirmation from TVP)

The semi-final allocation draw will be held on __ 2021 at __, and hosted by __ and __. The insignia handover ceremony will take place before the draw begins, officially beginning the countdown to the contest.

The pots will be as follows, calculated by the EBU's voting providers Digame and based on voting patterns over the past 10 years:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Finalists
IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands (Host)
IconFrance France
IconGermany Germany
IconItaly Italy
IconSpain Spain
IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom

Pre-Allocations

Semi Final One

__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on TBA May 2021.

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Semi Final Two

__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on TBA May 2021.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
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Grand Final

All countries will vote. The final will take place on TBA May 2021. The Netherlands' place in the running order will be decided during the Head of Delegations meetings in March 2021.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
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Withdrawn/Uncertain

  • IconAndorra Andorra - RTVA confirmed on 14 May 2020 that Andorra would not return for 2021.

Other Countries

References (if any)

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