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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Eurovision 2021 - What we know so far

During 'Europe: Shine a Light' on Sunday, it was announced that Rotterdam would be host of next year's competition.

But what will the contest look like, who will be there and what will it look like? We run through what we know so far...

Where will it be held?

The EBU and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS intend to host the contest in the Rotterdam with "preparations underway" for the Contest to be staged at the Ahoy venue again.

When will it be held?

Dates have yet to be announced with "Spring 2021" the only indicated so far. An announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

What happens with tickets?

If you have any tickets for the 2020 contest these will remain valid for 2021.

If you prefer a refund, you can request one from Monday 25 May at 12.00 CEST until Friday 5 June 2020 at 23.00 CEST.

If the dates for 2021 are announced after this period, you will have another opportunity to request a refund at that point.

What happens with the songs and artists from 2020?

No song from 2020 will be eligible for next year's contest. Songs must not have been released before 1 September 2020, so that applies to all 41 entries.

Many artists have been selected by their nation's broadcasters to represent them next year.

They are:

Some artists are still in talks with their host broadcasters, while not all broadcasters have confirmed they will be competing again next year.

What happens with COVID-19?

The Dutch broadcasters and EBU have indicated they will "make it happen".

With time on their side for 2021 a number of scenarios will be planned for to ensure the continuity of the event regardless.

What exactly this will look like will depend on the COVID-19 situation over the next 6-12 months.

So while not all details will be known now, or really in the next few months, the best thing the organisers have is time and a willingness to make it happen regardless the situation.

We will bring you more news as it comes to light.


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