This week saw the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest due to unforseen circumstances ie the COVID-19 global pandemic. Forty one countries were set to partake in the competition this year, following the annoucement many broadcasters have decided to invite their 2020 Eurovision hopefuls to partake at next year’s competition. Let’s check out which countries will be sending their 2020 Eurovision act to the contest next year.
The Reference Group has announced that broadcasters are free to invite their 2020 ESC hopefuls to compete at ESC 2021 upon their own discretion or free to select a new act. The 2020 Eurovision entries will NOT BE ELIGIBLE to compete next year, hence the 2020 acts will have to bring a new song to the competition if they are to return next year.
A total of 41 countries were scheduled to compete at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
This article will be constantly updated with the latest information and confirmations.
Confirmed Countries ( 2020 Hopefuls)
So far a total of 18 countries have confirmed their participation at Eurovision 2021 with their 2020 Eurovision acts:
- Spain- Blas Canto
- The Netherlands– Jeangu Macrooy
- Georgia– Tornike Kipiani
- Switzerland–Gjon’s Tears
- Greece– Stefania
- Bulgaria– Victoria
- Belgium– Hooverphonic
- Azerbaijan– Samira Efendi
- Ukraine– GO_A Band
- Israel– Eden Alene
- Austria– Vincent Bueno
- Romania– Roxen
- Australia– Montaigne
- Czech Republic– Benny Cristo
- Malta– Destiny
- Slovenia– Ana Soklic
- San Marino– Senhit
- Latvia– Samanta Tina
Confirmed Countries (New Election/National Selection)
Estonia will be selecting its Eurovision 2021 act via Eesti Laul and has invited Uku Suviste to partake in the national selection next year. Sweden will be selecting its Eurovision act for 2021 via its traditional national selection Melodifestivalen. Both Finland and Norway will be joining Sweden and opting for their national selections in order to determine their ESC 2021 hopefuls.
NRK offered Ulrikke to partake at MGP 2021, but the artist declined the offer.
Lithuania has also opted to hold a national selection in 2021 and has invited The Roop to compete in the Grand Final as direct finalists. Than band are yet to decide if they will partake in the Lithuanian national final.
Denmark will be joining its neighbours Norway and Sweden and selecting its Eurovision act and entry in 2021 via its traditional national selection Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Ben & Tan have not been invited to represent Denmark at next year’s Eurovision edition.
Cyprus has confirmed that it will be opting for a new artist to represent them in Eurovision 2021 and that Sandro will not represent Aphrodite’s Island at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Tom Leeb has confirmed that he will not represent France at Eurovision 2021. France is set to select its 2021 Eurovision act and entry via a new format ie national final.
Croatia has confirmed that Dora 2021 will determine its Eurovision 2021 act and entry, thus Damir Kendzo will not represent the Balkan nation at next year’s ESC edition in the Netherlands.
Germany will be using the same mechanism as in 2020 in order to select its Eurovision entry and act for Rotterdam. Thus ARD/NDR will not be extending a direct invite to Ben Dolic to fly to Rotterdam, but he will be allowed to submit an entry in order to represent the country in Rotterdam.
- Sweden– Melodifestivalen 2021
- Estonia– Eesti Laul 2021
- Finland– UMK 2021
- Norway– MGP 2021
- Lithuania– Pabandom Iš Naujo 2021
- Denmark– Melodi Grand Prix 2021
- Cyprus– New artist to be determined
- France– National Final
- Croatia– Dora 2021
- Germany– Internal selection via 2 juries
Confirmed Participation- Yet to make a decision
Ireland has stated that it will continue to engage with the EBU on Eurovision and the competition in 2021.
Yet to confirm their decision
- United Kingdom
- North Macedonia
Will we see any returning countries in 2021?
Will we see any countries return to the competition next year? Hungary and Montenegro decided to stay out of the competition in 2020 and are expected to return to the contest next year. Whilst Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Monaco, Turkey and Luxembourg have been away from the event for quite some time and their return next year remains uncertain. Morocco‘s return to Eurovision remains grim as the country has not returned to the contest since its debut in 1980.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
Will not return
RTVA, the Andorran national broadcaster, has confirmed to ESCToday that it has no intention to return to Eurovision in 2o21.
Rotterdam and the Netherlands will host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam Ahoy on 18, 20 and 22 May.
The City of Rotterdam, Dutch national broadcasters NOS, NPO, AVROTROS and the Rotterdam Ahoy will do their level best to host the competition in Rotterdam come 2021.. Stay tuned for more news on Eurovision 2021.