Channel One has confirmed that Russia will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Russia is the latest country to confirm that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Channel One will once again be in charge of selecting the Russian representative for the contest, having internally selected Little Big for the cancelled 2020 contest.
Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2021 was due to be organised by VGTRK before the 2020 contest was cancelled. Russia rotates organisation of Eurovision participation between its two largest public broadcasters Channel One and VGTRK.
It is not yet known whether Channel One will decide to select Little Big for the 2021 contest or a new act. Little Big’s entry “Uno” has gone on to be the most viewed music video in Russian music industry history, as well as the most viewed video on the official Eurovision YouTube page.
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:
- North Macedonia
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses / Source: ESC Today
Russia debuted in Eurovision in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow in the following year. Russia failed to qualify for a final for the first time in 2018 when they finished 15th with 65 points.