The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The contest is set to take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after the country won the 2019 edition. The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest, before it had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters AVROTROS, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) and Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), the contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy and will consist of two semi-finals on 18 and 20 May, and the final on 22 May 2021.
Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials) will act as the on-stage presenters.
The organising European Broadcasting Union (EBU) discussed carryovers between the 2020 and 2021 contests, and several participating countries allocated the same artists who were due to represent them in 2020.
On 18 June 2020, the EBU announced that pre-recorded backing vocals will be allowed for one year. The use of recorded backing vocals will be entirely optional.
It's unlikely there will be much of an audience in The Ahoy due to the current pandemic. The ticketing company looking after sales has now refunded everyone who had a place at the 2020 show and promised to give them priority access if they are able to offer a limited number of places nearer the time.
At the moment, the plan is to create a buzz by positioning the Green Room in the area around the stage.
By mid-April, organisers hope to be able to make an announcement on whether a limited number of public tickets will be made available.
What about Covid-19?
The EBU and Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working on 3 scenarios for hosting the competition.
Read more about the 3 scenarios in this press release.