The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was unfortunately canceled due to the corona virus, but will still be held in Rotterdam in 2021. All artists and their songs for the 2020 edition were already known, but the EBU has announced that the songs with which all participants would perform in 2020 will be excluded from participation in 2021. However, the artists are still allowed to perform in 2021. Every country will have to look for a new song and some countries such will organize new preliminary rounds. Every country that is a member of the European Radio Union can take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, including countries that are not within the European borders. The Netherlands and Switzerland will participate for the 61th time during ESC 2021, but Germany surpasses everything: they will participate for the 64th time.
The Netherlands may organize the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. After the victory of Duncan Laurence in 2019, The Netherlands is automatically placed for the grand final on Saturday. Just like Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and France. They are part of 'The Big Five' countries that make the biggest financial contribution to the festival. All other participants will have to compete in the semi-finals on Tuesday 18 May and Thursday 20 May for a final spot.
James Newman in final with 'Embers'
James Newman will perform 'Embers' (written by Conor Blake Manning, Danny Shah, Samuel Brennan, Tom Hollings and James Newman himself) on behalf of The United Kingdom.
The participants of Eurovision 2021 (with reservation)
|Armenia||Will not compete||-|
|Azerbaijan||Samira Efendi||Mata Hari|
|Belarus||Excluded from participation||-|
|Belgium||Hooverphonic||The Wrong Place|
|Bulgaria||VICTORIA||Growing Up Is Getting Old|
|Cyprus||Elena Tsagrinou||El Diablo|
|Czech Republic||Benny Cristo||Omaga|
|Denmark||Fyr og Flamme||Øve Os På Hinanden|
|Estonia||Uku Suviste||The Lucky One|
|Finland||Blind Channel||Dark Side|
|Germany||Jendrik Sigwart||I Don't Feel Hate|
|Greece||Stefania Liberakakis||Last Dance|
|Iceland||Daði & Gagnamagnið||10 Years|
|Israel||Eden Alene||Set Me Free|
|Italy||Måneskin||Zitti e buoni|
|Latvia||Samanta Tina||The Moon Is Rising|
|Malta||Destiny Chukunyere||Je Me Casse|
|North Macedonia||Vasil||Here I Stand|
|Portugal||The Black Mamba||Love Is on My Side|
|Spain||Blas Cantó||Voy a quedarme|
|Switzerland||Gjon's Tears||Tout l'univers|
|The Netherlands||Jeangu Macrooy||Birth Of A New Age|
|United Kingdom||James Newman||Embers|