Welcome my friends to this years Journal entry for the Eurovision 2021. It's time to open up once more as we say AHOY to Rotterdam.. Once again. From the 18 to the 22nd of May Rotterdam will host the 65th / 66th edition of the contest after Duncan Laurence won with Arcade back in 2019.
Now as we all know.. 2020 has been a bit of a bad year. With Covid-19 floating around the world causing many societies and countries to lockdown for the entire year. With last years contest having to be discarded and with the EBU's decision to wipe the slate clean with last years songs, we have to move onto the future and continue on.
So this year, we have a changed up format at the moment. With Covid still hanging about, the EBU has created 4 different scenarios. Each of the scenarios that are about are useful for whatever state that The Netherlands is at when the time comes.
A: A fully fledged show with a full audience, 9 shows and events.
B: A No so fully fledged show with 1.5 meter distancing being used and limited audience.
C. A show with only the contestants being allowed in the arena and a small audience, while those who can't fly to The Netherlands perform from their home nations.
D: A Lockdown version where the contestants can not perform in The Netherlands but instead at home.
Time will tell on what will become of the show by March once all the entries have been revealed. So Fingers Crossed... I think though.. It would be a "Scenario C" Eurovision this time but who knows.
Returning Entrants / 2020 Returning Entrants
Now as we know, the EBU had allowed to bring back the contestants to the song contest from 2020 however some countries opted to having internal selections and new contests to select the entries. However the list shows the contestants of the past as representatives for this contest.
Ksenija Knežević (member of Hurricane )she was one of the backing vocals for Knez, representing Montenegro with the song "Adio" in 2015)
Senhit, she represented San Marino with the song "Stand By" in 2011
Sanja Vučić (member of Hurricane) she represented Serbia with the song "Goodbye (Shelter)" in 2016
Ksenija Knežević (member of Hurricane) she was one of the backing vocals for Knez, representing Montenegro with the song "Adio" in 2015)
Destiny Chukunyere (Destiny), she represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and won in 2015 and was backing vocal for Michela Pace with the song "Chameleon" in 2019.
Stefania, represented the Netherlands as a member of Kisses at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Kisses and Dancin'" in 2016
Vincent Bueno, he was a backing vocal for Nathan Trent, representing Austria with the song "Running on Air" in 2017
Vasil , he was backing vocal for Tamara Todevska, representing North Macedonia with the song "Proud" in 2019
These are the entries and countries taking part on this years contest, the list is the same from last years contest so there isn't an allocation draw this time around. This year however, Hungary and Montenegro won't be returning due to either money or history within the contest, Armenia withdrew due to social issues with their country and Belarus has been removed for violating rules and failing to meet the deadline. This years contest will now feature 39 countries.
Removed Song (s)
Belarus is currently undergoing a song change or possible disqualification from the contest after the song "Ya nauchu tebya (I'll Teach You)" has had issues with political issues going on in the nation.
The first semi-final will take place on 18 May 2021. Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will vote in this semi-final along side the First Semi-Final countries.
Australia - Montaigne - "Technicolour"
Ireland - Lesley Roy - "Maps"
Lithuania - The Roop - "Discoteque"
North Macedonia - Vasil - "Here I Stand"
Russia - Manizha - "Russian Woman"
Slovenia - Ana Soklič - "Amen"
Sweden - Tusse - ”Voices”
Azerbaijan - Efendi - "Mata Hari"
Belgium - Hooverphonic - "The Wrong Place"
Croatia - Albina - "Tick-Tock"
Cyprus - Elena Tsagrinou - "El Diablo"
Israel - Eden Alene - "Set Me Free"
Malta - Destiny - "Je Me Casse"
Norway - Tix - "Fallen Angel"
Romania - Roxen - "Amnesia"
Ukraine - Go_A - "Shum" (Шум)
The second semi-final will take place on 20 May 2021. France, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final along side the Second Semi-Final countries.
Austria - Vincent Bueno - “Amen”
Czech Republic - Benny Cristo - "Omaga"
Estonia - Uku Suviste - "The Lucky One"
Greece - Stefania - "Last Dance"
Iceland - Dađi og Gagnamagniđ - "10 Years"
Moldova - Natalia Gordienko - "Sugar"
Poland - Rafał - "The Ride"
San Marino - Senhit (Feat. Flo Rida) - "Adrenalina"
Serbia - Hurricane - "Loco Loco"
Albania - Anxhela Peristeri - "Karma"
Bulgaria - Victoria - ”Growing Up Is Getting Old”
Denmark - Fyr & Flamme - "Řve os pĺ hinanden"
Finland - Blind Channel - "Dark Side"
Georgia - Tornike Kipiani - "You"
Latvia - Samanta Tīna - "The Moon Is Rising"
Portugal - The Black Mumba - "Love Is On My Side"
Switzerland - Gjon's Tears - “Tout l’Univers”
The final will take place on 22 May 2021. 26 Countries will take on the final. Including the Big 5 and the winner being The Netherlands. The Netherlands will take place 23 in the finals as part of last years number placement.
Netherlands - Jeangu Macrooy - "Birth Of A New Age"
France - Barbara Pravi - "Voilŕ"
Germany - Jendrik - "I Don't Feel Hate
Italy - Mĺneskin - Zitti E Buoni
Spain - Blas Cantó - "Voy a quedarme"
United Kingdom - James Newman - ”Embers”