Post by worldidols on May 17, 2020 16:26:40 GMT
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are excited to have reached an agreement to stage the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam at the Ahoy Arena.
The Dutch city was due to host the Contest this month before the event was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Host City for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest was announced during Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which was broadcast by EBU Members and Associates in 45 countries in place of this year’s Grand Final on 16 May.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021
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 and was bound to host the 2020 one, before that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
The 2021 contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It will be the fifth time the Netherlands host the contest, following the country's victory at the 2019 edition with the song "Arcade", performed by Duncan Laurence. Rotterdam Ahoy had previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007.
Following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the organising European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is in talks with the Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO, as well as the city of Rotterdam, which were to organise the 2020 contest, on the possibility of staging the 2021 contest in the city. On 23 April 2020, the municipal council of Rotterdam approved an increased budget after Dutch media reported that the city would require an additional 6.7 million euros to host the contest. The decision was imminent as it was required that the EBU be informed by late April if Rotterdam was willing to host contest. AVROTROS, NOS and NPO have until mid-May 2020 to find an alternative if Rotterdam declines to host the event. In May 2020, the Dutch authorities decided to tighten up local laws for holding mass events, until the vaccine for COVID-19 was found, which could last more than 1 year, putting at risk of holding the event in the country However, AVROTROS is consulting the Dutch government for the holding of the event in the city.
During the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which aired on 16 May 2020, it was confirmed that Rotterdam would be the host city of the 2021 contest. It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands hosted the contest, the last time having been the 1980 contest. The contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy.
In January 2020, the EBU announced that Martin Österdahl would become the executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest after the 2020 edition, succeeding Jon Ola Sand. Before his appointment, Österdahl had been an executive producer for the 2013 and 2016 editions, and had been a member of the Eurovision Song Contest reference group between 2012 and 2018.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the EBU explored the option of allowing the songs selected for the 2020 contest to compete in the 2021 contest, which would need to be discussed with the Eurovision Song Contest reference group and the national broadcasters. Victoria, the planned participant for Bulgaria in 2020, publicly expressed her support for such a move. However, on 20 March 2020, the reference group decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2020 songs would not be eligible to compete in the 2021 contest.
Opening and interval acts
Lenny Kuhr, one of the winners of the 1969 contest, and Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 contest, who were both due to perform at the cancelled 2020 contest, have expressed willingness to perform at the 2021 event.
Provisional list of participating countries
After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the following countries' participating broadcasters announced that, for the 2021 contest, they would internally select the same artists initially selected for 2020: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. Senhit previously represented San Marino in the 2011 contest with the song "Stand By". Stefania represented the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as part of the group Kisses. Vincent Bueno provided backing vocals for Nathan Trent for Austria in 2017. Destiny Chukunyere won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and provided backing vocals for Michela Pace for Malta in 2019.
Provisional list of participating countries
The following countries have confirmed their intent to participate in the 2021 contest.
Austria: Vincent Bueno
Czech Republic: Benny Cristo
Georgia: Tornike Kipiani
Israel: Eden Alene
Latvia: Samanta Tīna
Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy
San Marino: Senhit
Slovenia: Ana Soklič
Spain: Blas Cantó
Switzerland: Gjon's Tears
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issues invitations to all active members. Associate member Australia does not need an invitation for the 2021 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023
Active EBU members
Andorra – In November 2019, Democrats for Andorra, the ruling party of Andorra, stated that the country would eventually return to the contest, with a cost assessment as a prerequisite. In May 2020, Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra confirmed that they would not return in 2021.
Iceland – In March 2020, Icelandic singer Daði Freyr, who had been selected to represent Iceland in the 2020 contest, announced that he would be open to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021 with Gagnamagnið if RÚV would select him internally.
Morocco – In response to rumours that the EBU had been in discussions with Morocco regarding participation in the contest, Karim Sbai, the Director of Communications of Morocco's Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision, stated in February 2020 that Morocco's possible return to the contest has not yet been discussed.
Poland – In April 2020, Alicja, who had been selected to represent Poland in the 2020 contest, stated on Instagram and in interviews that she is ready to represent Poland in 2021. She is waiting for the official decision by Telewizja Polska.
Portugal – In March 2020, Elisa, who had been selected to represent Portugal in the 2020 contest, stated that she would not be internally selected by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal to represent Portugal in 2021.
Associate EBU members
United States – In January 2020, the EBU said that it would evaluate the United States participating in the contest if the upcoming American Song Contest became a success. Several broadcasters in the United States are associate members of the EBU.