Eurovision Song Contest 2021
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to be the 65th edition of the competition, and is planned to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, following the country's victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the song "Arcade" performed by Duncan Laurence.
The Netherlands was due to host the 2020 contest, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the fifth time that the Netherlands hosts the contest, the last time having been the 1980 contest.
This years event is scheduled to be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena; with two semi-finals on 18 and 20 May 2021, and the final on 22 May 2021. Thirty-nine countries will participate; slightly less than the line-up of countries that would have competed in 2020. Bulgaria and Ukraine will return after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Montenegro confirmed their non-participation. Armenia was forced to withdraw late in the process when it became clear that they would not be able to choose a song before the submission deadline. Belarus was also disqualified after submitting two songs that fell foul of the contest rules.
Superfan Panel & Contest Contenders
Over the last 12 weeks our very own Superfan Panel have reviewed all of this years participating songs. The four person panel took on the responsibility of judging each entry and allocating points in an attempt to predict this years winning entry!
Our leaderboard on this page shows the total scores awarded by our panelists for each of the songs. Whilst this is now complete, there is one last twist to factor in - the bonus points! In the actual contest, once the jury votes have been tallied the public televotes get added. The bonus points is our equivalent, where we ask our Superfans to revist all 39 songs, comparing them directly, and then re-assess their original appraisals. Some entries may have been given the revamp treatment since their first release, or perhaps time has simply mellowed our panellists views!
We have added those bonus points to the existing scores to reveal the FINAL top 15 in our special 2021 Contender Countdown. You can hear the 2021 Contender Countdown from May 8th onwards in all the usual locations. Will our Superfans accurately choose this years eventual winner?