It’s September 1st which means that any song released from today is eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 season commences today, with songs commercially released from today eligible to compete next May in Rotterdam. From today the long process of whittling thousands of songs down to one Eurovision winner commences.
The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest state that for a song to be eligible to compete:
The compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2020 (the Release Date).
In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social networks or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks and/or performed publicly, for example but not limited to during concerts, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the composition is eligible for participation in the Event.
In particular, the ESC Executive Supervisor shall assess whether such disclosure prior to the Release Date is likely to give to the composition an advantage in the Event vis-à-vis the other compositions.
The ESC Executive Supervisor shall authorise or deny participation of a composition which may have been available to the public as described above, subject to the prior approval of the Reference Group.
Songs that have been performed prior to September 1st have made it to the Eurovision Song Contest before. “1944”, the winner of Eurovision 2016 had been performed 4 months before the 1st September deadline. While “Reqiuem” which represented France in 2017 was performed 18 months before that years cut off date.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on the 18th, 20th and 22nd of May, following the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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 – Tornika 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
While the following nations have confirmed their participation:
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