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Eurovision Song Contest postponed to next year

Eurovision Song Contest postponed to next year

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have confirmed that the two Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on 18 May and 20 May and the Grand Final on 22 May, 2021 in Rotterdam at the Ahoy Arena. The Dutch city was due to host the Contest this year before the event was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe Shine a Light

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 over 40 countries in place of this year’s Grand Final on 16 May.

Different scenarios

Developments surrounding COVID-19 will clearly affect planning in the coming year for a complicated global broadcast with many international stakeholders. In this ever-changing and challenging environment, the EBU will, therefore, work with its Dutch Members and the City of Rotterdam to ensure the continuity of the event in a number of different scenarios.

Frequently asked questions

More details about the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be released in the coming weeks and months. Ticket holders already had the opportunity to return tickets a few weeks ago. Now that the dates are known, a second repayment round is now open until 29 June 23:59 CEST for those who can’t attend next year’s event. You can read answers to frequently asked questions at

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