Eurovision 2021: Which ESC 2020 acts will be back in the competition?

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 10,591 views

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 13 countries have confirmed their participation at Eurovision 2021 with their 2020 Eurovision acts:

  1. Spain- Blas Canto
  2. The NetherlandsJeangu Macrooy
  3. Georgia Tornike Kipiani
  4. SwitzerlandGjon’s Tears
  5. GreeceStefania
  6. BulgariaVictoria
  7. BelgiumHooverphonic
  8. AzerbaijanSamira Efendi
  9. UkraineGO_A Band
  10. IsraelEden Alene
  11. AustriaVincent Bueno
  12. RomaniaRoxen
  13. AustraliaMontaigne
  14. Czech RepublicBenny Cristo
  15. MaltaDestiny
  16. SloveniaAna Soklic
  17.  San MarinoSenhit
  18. LatviaSamanta 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.

  1. Sweden- Melodifestivalen 2021
  2. EstoniaEesti Laul 2021
  3. FinlandUMK 2021
  4. Norway MGP 2021
  5. LithuaniaPabandom Iš Naujo 2021
  6. DenmarkMelodi Grand Prix 2021

Confirmed Participation- Yet to make a decision

Croatia has confirmed its participation at Eurovision 2021 and is yet to make a decision on who it will send to the contest next year. Ireland too has stated that it will continue to engage with the EBU on Eurovision and the competition in 2021.

  1. Croatia
  2. Ireland

Yet to confirm their decision

  1. Russia
  2. Belarus
  3. Moldova
  4. Armenia
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Portugal
  7. Cyprus
  8. Iceland
  9. Albania
  10. Poland
  11. Serbia
  12. North Macedonia
  13. France
  14. Italy
  15. Germany

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, Andorra, Monaco 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.

  1. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  2. Hungary
  3. Montenegro
  4. Monaco
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Andorra
  7. Turkey
  8. Slovakia
  9. Morocco

Rotterdam and the Netherlands intend to host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest next year, an official confirmation is expected in the coming months.

The City of Rotterdam, Dutch national broadcasters NOS, NPO, AVROTROS and the Rotterdam Ahoy are currently evaluating hosting 2021 in Rotterdam and will do their level best to retain the competion in the city. Stay tuned for more news on Eurovision 2021.



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