After the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020, talks are being held to allow the festival to take place in Rotterdam in 2021. However, the songs that the artists would be participating in May may not be heard in next year's edition. A number of participating countries have already claimed the artist who would go back in 2020 for 2021.
Welcome to this live blog about all developments surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.
- The Eurovision Song Contest has been officially canceled in 2020
- The festival will still take place in Rotterdam in 2021
- The songs with which all artists would participate in the postponed Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May are excluded from participation in 2021
- Participating countries must decide whether they want to send the same artist or organize a national final again.
The Eurovision Song Contest will still be organized in Rotterdam next year. The broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS just announced this during the TV show Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light.
The final should have taken place in the city tonight, but was canceled due to the corona virus. The European Broadcast Union (EBU) therefore wanted to know before the end of the month whether the Netherlands would still be the host country for the song festival in 2021.
Rotterdam 🇳🇱 will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 #Eurovision | #ShineALight | # ESC2021Avatar
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French entry 2020 will not participate in 2021
Tom Leeb, the Eurovision participant on behalf of France in 2020, will not be present in 2021. His agenda does not allow it, said the singer on Friday in the talk show Good Morning Week-end .
Saturday, May 16 at 9:58 PM
Royal family reflects on Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light On
Saturday, King Willem-Alexander and his family will pay attention to Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, the special that replaces the Eurovision Song Contest canceled on Saturday due to the coronaciris. "We are strong together," said the king and his wife in a photo of their family.
“Europe is going through a very rough time. Let's keep our eyes and ears open for each other. Together, we stand strong. Europe, shine a light and keep the music alive! ” - King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. #eurovision #shinealight #songfestival ⠀⠀ #eurovisie #songcontest #koningwillemalexander #koning #king # queenmáxima #queen #queen #prinsesvanoranje #prinsesamalia #prinsesalexia #prinsesariane # esc2020 #esc @ songfestival.avrotros @eurovision 📸RVDAvatar
Saturday, May 16 at 9:45 PM
Samanta Tina also submitting Latvia in 2021
Samanta Tina will also be Latvia's submission for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021, Latvian broadcaster LTV has announced on Saturday. The singer would participate in 2020 with the self-written song Still Breathing to participate in the international song contest.
Saturday, May 16 at 9:45 PM
Saturday, May 16 at 5:22 PM
Due to the corona virus, the Song Festival in Rotterdam has been postponed. In all likelihood it will be organized in Rotterdam in 2021. The spectacle was supposed to take place in Ahoy, but instead of being filled with countless cameras, light shows, artists and the audience, the event location is deserted.
No big Eurovision final in Ahoy: 'It remains unreal'
Saturday, May 16 at 4:34 PM
Destiny confirms participation on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Destiny has confirmed via Instagram on Saturday in 2021 that it will also participate in the song festival on behalf of Malta. "I promise that I will give everything to make you proud," said the singer and winner of the junior Song Festival 2015, who, thanks to her win in X Factor Malta , was assured of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
So happy to share this good news with all of you! I will represent my country Malta, in next year's Eurovision Song Contest! .Thank you for your support and I promise that I will give it my all to make you proud !. @eurovision @ tvm.mtAvatar
Thursday, April 2 at 6:16 AM
Montaigne also in 2021 entry Australia
Singer Montaigne is also the Australian entry in 2021, the Australian organization announced on Thursday.
It's confirmed, @actualmontaigne will represent Australia in the Eurovision song contest 2021 #Eurovision # Eurovision2021Avatar
Thursday, March 26 at 2:12 PM
Norwegian singer Ulrikke Brandstorp will not participate next year
Norwegian singer Ulrikke Brandstorp, who would represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this year, has announced on her Instagram that she does not want to participate again next year. Her country has chosen to organize a new national competition again next year to give other artists the opportunity to qualify. Brandstorp would have a final spot in this, but she doesn't want that.
"I fully understand that Eurovision 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus," she writes, "but I hoped that Norway, like other countries, would support its artist by sending me back to the festival in 2021. I am very disappointed with this decision. I declined the final place in MGP because I only want to be in the final because I write a good song, not because I can't go to the Eurovision song contest this year. "
Drømmen less snug. Jeg hadde så SYKT lyst til å representere Norge i Eurovision. Jeg har full forståelse for at Eurovision 2020 er avlyst på grunn av coronaviruset, men jeg håpet i det lengste at NRK ville gjøre som mange andre land og støtte sin artist ved å sende artisten til Eurovision i 2021 med ny låt. Jeg er derfor naturlig rok skuffet about NRK sin decision i day at å kjøre and ordinær MGP-sesong neste år. The knuser hjertet mitt ovenfor fansen som har vært helt fantastiske støttespillere og and utvidet family de siste måijvene, at vi ikke får muligheten til å oppleve ESC sammen. Jeg vil at dere skal vite at Christoffer og jeg har kjempet til siste minutt for å prøve å gjøre dette mulig. Dette var drømmen vår ❤️ NRK har tilbudt meg å være finalist i MGP 2021 nå som det blir et vanlig MGP-år. Per nå har jeg takket nei, men man skal aldri si aldri. Jeg ønsker ikke and final class på bakgrunn av at jeg ikke fikk dratt til Eurovision i år, men fordi jeg evt. had the hatt and like god låt som «Attention» på bordet akkurat nå. Nå ønsker jeg i utgangspunktet å fokusere på andre weaning prosjekter fremover. Masse kjærlighet til dere alle ❤️ picture: @c_ingebrigtsenAvatar
Wednesday, March 25 at 9:41 PM
Icelandic singer Daði Freyr Pétursson, who would perform in the Eurovision Song Contest with the band Gagnamagnið, will no longer participate in the music event in 2021. He tells that in an interview with the Icelandic Visir . Gagnamagnið was high in the list of bookmakers with the song Think About Things . However, Pétursson does not want to take part in the singing competition in his own country again.
"We won this competition once," the singer explains. "If I entered again now, you might feel that you are only being selected because you had won before." Pétursson says that he might want to compose another song, but that he no longer wants to be on stage.
Saturday, March 21 at 12:08 PM
The following artists who would participate this year have now been confirmed for the Song Festival of 2021:
- Jeangu Macrooy (Netherlands)
- Hooverphonic (Belgium)
- Victoria (Bulgaria)
- Efendi (Azerbaijan)
- Tornike Kipiani (Georgia)
- Stefania (Greece)
- Blas Cantó (Spain)
- Go_A (Ukraine)
- Gjon's Tears (Switzerland)
Saturday, March 21 at 12:04 PM
Hooverphonic represents Belgium in 2021
The band Hooverphonic was put forward by the Flemish broadcaster VRT to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. They chose the song Release Me to win the song contest for the first time since 1986. After the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus, it remained unclear for a while whether Hooverphonic would return in 2021. The Flemish and Walloon broadcasters alternate each year to choose the entry. It has now been announced that Hooverphonic will get another chance next year, albeit with a different number.
Friday, March 20 at 9:31 PM
The songs with which all artists would participate in the postponed Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May are excluded from participation in 2021. This does not apply to the artists themselves, the organization reports on Twitter on Friday.
Wednesday, March 18 at 11:05 PM
The Greek participant Stefania tells at the table at Jinek that she wants to go to the Eurovision Song Contest next year. The Greek broadcaster previously announced that the singer will be presented next year. This year she would participate in the song Supergirl .
Wednesday 18 March at 10:00 PM
The reactions to the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest are disappointed but understanding.
Wednesday, March 18 at 9:58 PM
Jeangu Macrooy reacts in a video message to the canceled Eurovision Song Contest.
Jeangu Macrooy responds to cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest
Wednesday, March 18 at 9:57 PM
The Bulgarian singer Victoria, who was the favorite for the Eurovision Song Contest, hopes that she can join the same song next year. The singer says that the song Tears Getting Sober means a lot to her and she still wants the chance to sing it at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Wednesday, March 18 at 9:46 PM
Countries make decisions about the fate of artists
In addition to Jeangu Macrooy, Greece also remains with the choice of artist. Stefania from Utrecht will also represent the country in 2021. Ukraine, Croatia and Spain have also announced that they want to give this year's artist a new chance.
The broadcasters in Sweden and Estonia have already decided to organize a national final again next year, the winner of which will be sent to the Song Festival. This means that The Mamas and Uku Suviste have to try again to win the coveted ticket.
Wednesday, March 18 at 9:42 PM
NU.nl editors Jesse Taat and Lara Zevenberg answer the most burning questions about canceling the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision canceled: Jeangu will remain the Dutch entry?
Wednesday, March 18 at 9:40 PM
AVROTROS has already announced that Jeangu Macrooy will remain the Dutch entry in 2021. It has not yet been decided whether it is possible to send in his song Grow, or if he must supply another song.
Eurovision Song Contest will not take place in 2020
The organization of the Song Festival announces that the event will not take place this year due to the outbreak of the corona virus. Various alternatives were discussed, but it was ultimately decided that there will be no Eurovision Song Contest this year. Talks continue to take place with the municipality of Rotterdam and the Dutch broadcasters involved in order to organize the festival in 2021.
An official statement from the European Broadcasting Union on the #Eurovision Song Contest 2020.Avatar
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:01 AM
Dome of European Pride Organizers Calls for Disqualification of Russian Entry
The EPOA, the umbrella of European Pride Organizations, calls for disqualification of the Russian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Members of the band Little Big are said to have called homophobic lyrics during the Belgian Pride pageant in 2017. "Call us old-fashioned, but calling someone a fagot is not humor for people with decency," the EPOA writes with the footage showing Little Big's behavior.
A video has emerged showing Russia's # Eurovision2020 entry @LITTLEBIG_BAND attending @TheBelgianPride and making homophobic, transphobic and biphobic remarks, mocking attendees. @Eurovision should bar Little Big Band from participation. https://t.co/snPkplKnoGAvatar
Tuesday, March 17 at 4:55 PM
Bulgarian Victoria gives home concert
The Bulgarian song festival entry, singer Victoria, announces that she will give a home concert on March 28. According to the bookmakers, she is currently the favorite to win, if the Eurovision Song Contest does indeed take place in any form. Victoria will undoubtedly perform her Eurovision song Tears Getting Sober during the concert .
Hope you are all well! 💙 On 28 March I will host my first online concert from my home in Sofia, which will be streamed live at 19 CET on Can't wait to perform my #Eurovision song Tears Getting Sober live for all of you! Thank you for the support! 🥰Avatar
Tuesday, March 17 at 2:52 PM
Eurovision organization shares update
After rumors from Iceland and other European countries that the Eurovision Song Contest will be canceled this year, the organization is sharing an update on Twitter. There is talk of a constantly changing situation around the coronavirus that must be decided with a large group of people. "Please be patient, we hope to get more information as soon as possible."
A spokesperson for the NPO reports to NU.nl: "The effects of the measures announced on Sunday on ESF production are now being hard-pressed, because these measures also apply to us and have also been announced in many other countries. We make maximum use of the time we have left. "
An update about the #Eurovision Song Contest 2020.Avatar
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:34 AM
Eurovision concerts in various countries postponed
Each year, participants from different countries already gather at various Eurovision concerts in Amsterdam, London and Madrid, among others, but because of the measures that various countries have taken to limit the outbreak of the corona virus, those concerts are now postponed. The organizations of the various concerts announce that they are looking for a new date. The concert in the Netherlands would take place on April 4, but the measures apply until at least April 6.
Friday, March 13 at 8:52 AM
The municipality of Rotterdam had a crisis meeting on Thursday about the outbreak of the corona virus. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wants to make a decision around April 5 whether the Eurovision Song Contest will continue.
Friday, March 13 at 8:41 AM
Russia is the last Eurovision song to be presented
Russia is the last country of the 41 participants to present a song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier it was announced that they send the band Little Big. The number of the formation is called Uno .
“All you have to do is to be ready for some action now…” 💥'Uno 'will be performed by Little Big for Russia🇷🇺 | @channelone_rus at # ESC2020🎉Hear the song👉 https://t.co/UtzsbeeAQS #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #RussiaAvatar
Thursday, March 12 at 9:31 PM
Jeangu Macrooy has to cancel performances due to government policy coronavirus
The Dutch entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jenagu Macrooy, is forced to cancel his theater tour until March 31. The government ban on events with more than a hundred people compels the singer to do so. The performances in Utrecht, Ede, Nijverdal and two performances in Amsterdam are canceled, Macrooy reports on Twitter on Thursday. It is not known whether the pandemic of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, affects the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May.
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:23 AM
Mayor of Rotterdam holds a welcome dinner for delegation
leaders Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam held a welcome dinner on Tuesday for the delegation leaders of the countries participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, reports executive producer Sietse Bakker. Some delegations had to be absent. Travel restrictions apply due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A big thank you to the city of @rotterdam, Mayor Aboutaleb and @ SaidKasmiD66 for hosting a very special and unforgettable welcome dinner to the Heads of Delegation of the 2020 @Eurovision Song Contest last night. #OpenUpAvatar
Tuesday, March 10 at 11:07 AM
Azerbaijan sends Cleopatra to Rotterdam
Azerbaijan is the second last country to present a song for Rotterdam. The country sends singer Efendi with the song Cleopatra . Azerbaijan has been participating since 2008 and already won in 2011. Last year, the country finished in eighth place with singer Chingiz.
A Queen like 'Cleopatra'👑Efendi's # ESC2020 song for Azerbaijan🇦🇿 | Ictimai TV is here! 👉 https://t.co/3H8CkmJ4hu #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #AzerbaijanAvatar
Tuesday, March 10 at 10:22 AM
Singer Arilena Ara already won the national final of Albania in December last year and thus represents her country in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer translated her submission Shaj to English and is now called Fall From The Sky .
Albania - Arilena Ara - Fall From The Sky
Tuesday, March 10 at 9:06 AM
Glennis Grace is on stage together with dj Afrojack during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest to perform the interval act. The singer participated in 2005 herself. She did not reach the final with the song My Impossible Dream.
Tuesday, March 10 at 8:42 AM
Destiny from Malta presents song
Singer Destiny from Malta has released her song All Of My Love . The singer is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015 she already won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Not My Soul . Her song for 2020 was written by a team of songwriters led by Borislav Milanov, the Bulgarian writer who also composed the Bulgarian and German entry for this year.
Destiny is ready to share all of her love on stage in Rotterdam💕Check out the song she'll perform at # ESC2020 for Malta🇲🇹👇 https://t.co/Stq0AH4ac3 #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #MaltaAvatar
Monday, March 9 at 9:05 PM
Glennis Grace performs
during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest Singer Glennis Grace will perform on May 16 during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Ahoy. Op1 host Erik Dijkstra reports this in a video on Monday evening announcing what will be discussed in the program that evening.
Monday, March 9 at 4:31 PM
Jeangu sings as 23rd
Jeangu Macrooy performs 23rd on behalf of the Netherlands during the final of the Songfestival. The host country is the only country to be assigned the starting position by drawing lots. The other countries only draw in which half of the semi-finals and finals they enter, after which the order is determined by the organization. They try to make every song stand out as much as possible. The starting order of the semifinals is expected in late March or early April. For the final, this is expected in the night after the second semifinal on Thursday, May 14.
Monday, March 9 at 1:07 PM
Sietse Bakker responds to question about coronavirus
Today the Eurovision organization presents its plans to the 41 participating delegations. A fan asks executive producer Sietse Bakker a question about the coronavirus on Twitter. He explains that the situation is closely monitored and there is contact with the authorities. "We are doing everything we can to ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020 continues. Let's trust, we have two months to go."
@ Krm_H67 We are monitoring the situation, closely liaise with all relevant authorities and are doing everything we can to make sure the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will happen! Let's be confident — we still have just under two months go.Avatar
Monday, March 9 at 12:51 PM
Senhit goes to Rotterdam with Freaky
Senhit, who already represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, sings the song Freaky in Rotterdam. The singer let her fans choose between two songs and Freaky was the winner. The singer performs during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest.
San Marino - Senhit - Freaky!
Monday, March 9 at 11:34 AM
Coin creation explained
The official Eurovision Song Contest account shares a video on Twitter showing how the coin was made.
How cool is this!? 😲Using canal water from Rotterdam and sound waves from the 67 songs that have won #Eurovision, a commemorative Coin has been produced by Royal Dutch Mint, marking the 65th Anniversary of the ESC🏅Get yours👉 https: / /t.co/xgsrR68hlj # ESC2020 | #OpenUpAvatar
Monday, March 9 at 11:33 AM
Eurovision coin unveiled
The Royal Dutch Mint (KNM) has unveiled the coin that was printed in honor of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The coin was made using water from the Maas and the 67 songs that have won the Eurovision Song Contest so far, mixed by music producer Eric van Tijn. The coin was created with a speaker under a bowl of water. "The frequencies of all winning Eurovision songs create a relief in the water bowl through the speaker. These vibrations are precisely embossed on the coin," the organization explains in a press release.
Monday, March 9 at 9:16 AM
Vasil presents song You
Also the Eurovision song of North Macedonia has been released. Singer Vasil immediately released a video clip for his submission You . North Macedonia finished seventh last year and won the jury vote with Tamara Todevska 's Proud . Vasil was in Todevska's backing choir at the time.
'YOU' should check out Vasil's # ESC2020 song for North Macedonia! 🇲🇰Watch here👉 https://t.co/XYQay56SLj #OpenUp | #Eurovision | #NorthMacedoniaAvatar
Sunday, March 8 at 8:07 AM
Portugal sends Elisa to Eurovision Song Contest with Medo De Sentir
With Elisa, Portugal is the 41st and last country to announce its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The singer won Festival da Canção 2020, the Portuguese Song Festival, and will perform the song Medo De Sentir . Elisa was selected on Saturday from eight finalists in the final of the Portuguese National Song Festival.
We have the 41st and final artist for # ESC2020 🤩Parabéns 🎊 to Elisa, who will sing for Portugal 🇵🇹 | @rtppt with “Medo de Sentir” .👉 https://t.co/YSPfhdUKNg #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #PortugalAvatar
Sunday, March 8 at 7:49 AM
Ben & Tan Danish song contest with Yes
The Danish duo Ben & Tan represents Denmark in Rotterdam with Yes . The Danish national final MGP was finished without an audience, due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, better known as coronavirus.
17-year-old Benjamin Rosenbohm and 22-year-old Tanne Amanda Balcells met while participating in the Danish version of the talent show X Factor.
Yes Say yes, say yes, say yes for Ben & Tan who will represent Denmark 🇩🇰 | @ DR1TV at # ESC2020 with the song "Yes" .👉 https://t.co/YSPfhdUKNg #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #DenmarkAvatar
Sunday, March 8 at 7:41 AM
The Mamas Swedish entry with Move
The Mamas are the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with the song Move . The trio finished at the top of the twelve finalists' ranking in the Swedish national song festival on Saturday, with only one point more than singer Dotter, who finished second. The Mamas were the backing singers of Swedish participant John Lundvik in 2019. Since then, the three women have worked independently.
Body Everybody wanna move like them! The Mamas have won #Melodifestivalen and will be representing Sweden 🇸🇪 | @SVT in Rotterdam with the song Move! 👉 https://t.co/YSPfhdUKNg #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #SwedenAvatar
Sunday, March 8 at 7:35 AM
Aksel Kankaanranta represents Finland with Looking Back
On behalf of Finland, Aksel Kankaanranta will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Looking Back . The singer won UMK 2020, the national song festival. He managed to receive the most points from the jury. The audience at home voted more for singer Erika Vikman, but Kankaanranta stayed ahead of her in the overall ranking.
It's Aksel Kankaanranta with Looking Back for Finland 🇫🇮 | @ YleTV1 at # ESC2020! We're looking forward to seeing him on stage in Rotterdam! 👉 https://t.co/YSPfhdUKNg #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #FinlandAvatar
Sunday, March 8 at 7:28 AM
Bulgaria presents participating song
On behalf of Bulgaria Victoria participates in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song Tears Getting Sober is the entry in May. It was written by songwriter Borislav Milanov, among others, who also wrote the Bulgarian entries of 2016 (fourth place), 2017 (second place) and 2018 (fourteenth place). He is also responsible for this year's German entry.
IstenListen to Tears Getting Sober on @ Eurovision's official YT channel #iCardEurovisionBG #Eurovision https://t.co/M3mdQR00kBAvatar
Friday, March 6 at 5:22 PM
Danish preliminary round without audience
Danish broadcaster DR has announced that the Danish preliminary round, Melodi Grand Prix, should be held this year without an audience, due to the outbreak of the corona virus. The final of the song contest takes place on Saturday March 7, but the fans are not allowed to enter. This decision was to be made after the Danish government advised against meeting more than 1,000 people. The hall in Copenhagen where the Melodi Grand Prix takes place, seats 10,000 people. Swedish broadcaster SVT announced earlier this week that the final of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish Song Festival, will continue with the public.
Friday, March 6 at 5:16 PM
Sandro presents Running for Cyprus
Cyprus was one of the first countries to announce their artist. Sandro represents the country with the song Running , the video for which was released today. Sandro, born Alessandro Rütten, grew up in Germany and has an American father and a Greek mother.
We've been waiting patiently, but it's finally here! ATake a listen to Sandro's song "Running" 🏃♂️ which he'll sing for Cyprus 🇨🇾 | @cybc_com_cy at # ESC2020.👉 https://t.co/3EjXLGJQeM #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #CyprusAvatar
Friday, March 6 at 2:03 PM
Senhit again for San Marino
Singer Senhit represents San Marino for the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest. She was the second artist to represent the pygmy state in 2011, but was unable to make it to the final. This year she has two songs ready for battle, but she cannot choose. From Saturday morning to Sunday evening she allows the audience to choose between Obsessed and Freaky via the internet .
Stand by for the return of @senhitofficial! She'll represent San Marino 🇸🇲 | @SanMarino_RTV at # ESC2020, and wants YOU to help decide which song she'll perform in Rotterdam.Find out more 👉 https://t.co/kSOd6FPKcs #Eurovision | #OpenUp | #SanMarinoAvatar