The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in Rotterdam on May 18, 20 and 22.
Rotterdam Ahoy will host the contest. This is not the first time that a Eurovision event has taken place in the arena, as it hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Rotterdam Ahoy will become only the second venue to host both the junior and adult contest after the Palace of Sports in Kyiv.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the contest stated:
“The music, the artists, the fans, the competition and the international character combined is what makes the Eurovision Song Contest so special. We now have a year to explore all scenarios in detail with the parties involved and to make the shows happen regardless of the circumstances, with adjustments if necessary. We still aim high!”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is part of the Alliance of Event Builders in the Netherlands, which is an alliance of event organizers, venues and trade associations that work together on the development of protocols to make events gradually possible again. The government of the Netherlands previously banned all large-scale events in the country until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found.
In the coming months it will be decided which elements of this year’s cancelled edition will remain in 2021. Sietse Bakker elaborated:
“The stage will be carried over to next year, because that was already prepared. Apart from that, a lot depends on what is possible at that time, on the availability of all those involved and on what fits the spirit of 2021.”
At the end of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, Rotterdam was formally confirmed as the host city of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. This city had been due to host the competition before COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 contest.
To date the following artists have been confirmed as competing in the contest:
- 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 Tina
- Malta – Destiny Chukunyere
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
- Romania – Roxen
- San Marino – Senhit
- Slovenia – Ana Soklic
- Spain – Blas Cantó
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears
- Ukraine – Go-A
The following nations have also confirmed their participation but will not automatically send the artist they had selected for 2020:
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