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The Eurovision Song Contest 2021

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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.

City Programme Host City Rotterdam, Eurovision Song Contest 2021

The Eurovision Song Contest will really take place in Rotterdam this year! The City Programme allows as many Rotterdam residents as possible to enjoy this multicultural, colorful and international event. The City Programme puts Rotterdam’s talent in the spotlight and shows what our city has to offer. The Eurovision Song Contest can be felt everywhere with singing festivals in the neighborhoods, shopping streets in Eurovision decoration and Rotterdammers who enjoy a special festival period corona-proof – virtually or live. From the 14th to the 22nd of May we will show what connection, diversity and togetherness stand for in Rotterdam: a party for everyone, by everyone. Open up to celebrate!

The programme is currently still under development. Highlights can be viewed shortly on this page!

Public welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

On April 1st, 2021, it was announced that the government has decided to allow a limited audience under the Fieldlab framework for all 9 shows (live shows and dress rehearsals) of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.

In recent months, the Eurovision team has worked hard on various (4) scenarios to allow the Eurovision to continue. The focus was on bringing all 39 participating countries to the Netherlands. Extensive Covid-19 measures and a test program are part of this approach.

“The fact that we now have the opportunity to open the script for a Eurovision Song Contest with the public again is something we could only dream of. We are thankful for the government and Fieldlab Events for this perspective and the confidence they give us in it,” Sietse Bakker said. He emphasizes that the health of the artists, crew and soon also the audience has absolute top priority.

The four presenters Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager will also be present again next year. More will be announced at a later stage about the further details of the shows. For more information, see the four basic scenarios at

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 2020.

Frequently asked questions

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