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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 official announcement was made during the Europe Shine a Light special on 16 May 2020.
The official dates are as follows: the semifinals will be held on 18 and 20 May 2021, with the grand 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 or inviting them to participate in their 2021 national selections with an automatic place in either a semifinal round or the final.
More news will be shared here as it becomes available over the coming months.
It is likely that the planned presenting trio from 2020 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.
The 2021 theme has yet to be revealed, but it is also likely that 2020's theme "Open Up" will be carried over.
The stage designed for 2020 will also be carried over for 2021.
To minimize costs and technical stress on the host broadcaster, the EBU would conduct a 1-year trial experiment for the 2021 contest where pre-recorded backing vocals could be used on backing tracks for performances. All lead and featured lead vocals would remain live, however delegations could still choose to use live backing vocalists if they desired.
The following artists from 2020 have been confirmed as their country's representative in 2021:
- Australia - Montaigne
- Austria - Vincent Bueno
- Azerbaijan - Samira Efendi
- Belgium - Hooverphonic
- Bulgaria - Victoria
- Czech Republic - Benny Cristo
- Georgia - Tornike Kipiani
- Greece - Stefania
- Israel - Eden Alene
- Latvia - Samanta Tīna
- Malta - Destiny Chukunyere
- Moldova - Natalia Gordienko
- The Netherlands - Jeangu Macrooy
- Romania - Roxen
- San Marino - Senit
- Slovenia - Ana Soklič
- Spain - Blas Cantó
- Switzerland - Gjon's Tears
- Ukraine - Go_A
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:
- Albania (FiK confirmed, unknown if an invitation will be given to Arilena Ara to participate)
- Estonia (guaranteed place in Eesti Laul semi for Uku Suviste)
- Finland (Aksel Kankaanranta not guaranteed a spot in UMK, but has confirmed participation)
- Ireland (Lesley Roy has shown interest in returning)
- Lithuania (automatic pass to the Pabandom iš naujo final extended to The Roop, participation undecided)
The following countries have yet to confirm:
- Belarus (VAL have expressed interest in returning)
- Iceland (Daði Freyr has expressed interest in being chosen internally, but would not participate in Söngvakeppnin 2021 as a contestant if asked)
- Italy (Sanremo 2021 likely)
- Poland (Alicja Szemplińska says she is ready to represent her country, awaiting confirmation from TVP)
- Portugal (Elisa not selected internally by RTP, FdC likely)
- Serbia (Hurricane said that despite rumors, they would know if they would return as early as September)
The semi-final allocation draw will be held on __ 2021 at __, and hosted by __ and __. No insignia handover ceremony took place this year.
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|
| The Netherlands (Host)|
Semi Final One
__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on 18 May 2021.
Semi Final Two
__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on 20 May 2021.
All countries will vote. The final will take place on 22 May 2021. The Netherlands' place in the running order will be decided during the Head of Delegations meetings in March 2021.
- Andorra - RTVA confirmed on 14 May 2020 that Andorra would not return for 2021.
- Liechtenstein - 1FLTV confirmed on 30 July 2020 that Liechtenstein would not debut in 2021.
- Luxembourg - RTL confirmed on 30 July 2020 that Luxembourg would not return for 2021.
- Morocco - A possible return for Morocco to the contest has not been discussed by SNRT.
- Slovakia - RTVS confirmed on 11 July 2020 that Slovakia is unlikely to return for 2021.
- Turkey - The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister has stated that he would like to see Turkey return to the contest.