Eurovision 2021 artists confirmation and other news
Article by Ally and Kyriakos
It is 300 days until the Eurovision 2021 Grand Final, which will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Saturday May 22. As we move closer more and more delegations are announcing their plans on selecting their 2021 artist.
We will provide a regular update on the artists who will be returning next year and any other news on the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest here at aussievision.net and our social channels.
Here is what we know so far:
Artists confirmed to participate in Eurovision 2021:
Australia - Montaigne
Austria - Vincent Bueno
Azerbaijan - Efendi
Belgium - Hooverphonic
Bulgaria - Victoria
Czech Republic - Benny Christo
Georgia - Tornike Kipiani
Greece - Stefania
Israel - Eden Alene
Latvia - Samanta Tīna
Malta - Destiny
Moldova - Natalia Gordienko (Moldovan broadcaster TRM yet to confirm)
Netherlands - Jeangu Macrooy
Romania - Roxen
San Marino - Senhit
Slovenia - Ana Soklič
Spain - Blas Cantó
Switzerland - Gjon's Tears
Ukraine - Go_A
Countries that have confirmed participation but not their artist:
Albania - RTSH confirmed that Festivali i Këngës 59 will go on, with the winner going to Eurovision 2021.
Croatia - confirmed they will be competing in 2021 and will use their national final Dora to select their 2021 artist. Their Eurovision 2020 artist Damir Kedzo will have to compete at Dora again if he wants to go to Eurovision next year.
Cyprus - confirmed that they will internally select a new artist for 2021 together with a record company. Sandro will not be representing Cyprus in 2021.
Denmark - confirmed that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will run in 2021. Unfortunately 2020 winners Ben & Tan will not be granted a wildcard to the DMGP final and will not enter the 2021 contest.
Estonia - Eesti Laul will go ahead as normal, but organisers have invited Uku Suviste to participate in next year’s competition.
Finland - confirmed that UMK will once again run in 2021, and will run in February next year. Aksel will not be given a spot in the national final, but he will still be entering a song.
France - Tom Leeb has announced that he won’t go to Eurovision next year due to a busy schedule. The broadcaster has confirmed they will use a national final, ‘Eurovision France, c’est vows qui décidez’ to select their Eurovision 2021 song
Germany - confirmed that they will be competing at Eurovision next year, but they will have a new artist. The 2021 entry and act will be selected in the same way that they did in 2020, which is via two juries: a selected jury and a jury of music experts.
Ireland - RTE have confirmed that they will be participating in 2021, but there’s no official word on whether Lesley Roy will return to compete for Ireland in 2021
Lithuania - LRT announced that they will once again be running their national final Pabandom Iš Naujo next year, and have invited The Roop to once again participate in the contest directly in the national Grand Final.
Norway - NRK announced that Melodi Grand Prix would go on, with semi finals and a final. Ulrikke was given the opportunity to be a direct finalist next year but declined the offer.
Portugal - Elisa has revealed on social media that RTP has not internally selected her to represent Portugal again next year Broadcaster RTP has not confirmed any details about their plans for 2021.
Sweden - Sweden has confirmed that Melodifestivalen will go ahead as planned, the Mammas won’t be the 2021 Swedish representative.
Eurovision 2020 countries that haven’t made any announcements in terms of their Eurovision 2021 plans:
Italy - Sanremo will still go ahead next year
Iceland - Daði Frey said he would be proud to represent Iceland again but would not compete in Söngvakeppnin again.
Israel - KAN confirmed that Eden Alene’s song will be selected through a national final with 16 songs