Are You Ready for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021?

With days to go before the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, we’re preparing the popcorn and tissues for the return of the ever-popular festival of questionable songs, bizarre performances and mysterious voting systems. Who will win? Who will score nul points? And what excuse will the UK give for failure this time?

With the first semi-final on Tuesday 18th May eliminating some of the contenders, a second semi on Thursday 20th will set the scene for the nail-biting final in Rotterdam on the 22nd May.

So who are runners and riders, and what can we expect from the welcome return to live performance of the Eurovision Song Contest?

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Iceland, Daði og Gagnamagnið, 10 Years

The Semi-Final result was determined through a combination of jury and televotes. The televote took place during the live broadcast of the show and the jury cast their vote while watching the second Dress Rehearsal that was held on Monday 17th May.

Qualifiers

The 16 participating countries as well as Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, were voting in the Semi Final.

The 10 successful qualifiers will join the Big Five along with the Netherlands in the Grand Final on Saturday 22nd May.

Eurovision Song Contest 2021, First Semi-Final Qualifiers:

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan / Efendi – Mata Hari
🇧🇪 Belgium / Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place
🇨🇾 Cyprus / Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo
🇮🇱 Israel / Eden Alene – Set Me Free
🇱🇹 Lithuania / The Roop – Discoteque
🇲🇹 Malta / Destiny – Je Me Casse
🇳🇴 Norway / TIX – Fallen Angel
🇷🇺 Russia / Manizha – Russian Woman
🇸🇪 Sweden / Tusse – Voices
🇺🇦 Ukraine / Go_A – Shum

And, of course, with all the joy came a little heartbreak too… the six acts that did not qualify are:

🇦🇺 Australia / Montaigne – Technicolour (Live-on-Tape performance)*
🇭🇷 Croatia / Albina – Tick-Tock
🇮🇪 Ireland / Lesley Roy – Maps
🇲🇰 North Macedonia / Vasil – Here I Stand
🇷🇴 Romania / ROXEN – Amnesia
🇸🇮 Slovenia / Ana Soklič – Amen

Second Semi-Finalists:

  1. 🇸🇲 San Marino / Senhit – Adrenalina
  2. 🇪🇪 Estonia / Uku Suviste – The Lucky One
  3. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic / Benny Cristo – omaga
  4. 🇬🇷 Greece / Stefania – Last Dance
  5. 🇦🇹 Austria / Vincent Bueno – Amen
  6. 🇵🇱 Poland / RAFAŁ – The Ride
  7. 🇲🇩 Moldova / Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR
  8. 🇮🇸 Iceland / Da∂i Freyr og Gagnamagni∂ – 10 Years
  9. 🇷🇸 Serbia / Hurricane – Loco Loco
  10. 🇬🇪 Georgia / Tornike Kipiani – You
  11. 🇦🇱 Albania / Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
  12. 🇵🇹 Portugal / The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side
  13. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria / Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old
  14. 🇫🇮 Finland / Blind Channel – Dark Side
  15. 🇱🇻 Latvia / Samanta Tīna – The Moon is Rising
  16. 🇨🇭 Switzerland / Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers
  17. 🇩🇰 Denmark / Fyr og Flamme – Øve Os På Hinanden

The 20 qualifying Semi-Finalists are joined by the Big Five and our hosts The Netherlands, as the 26 acts battle it out to become the Eurovision Song Contest champions 2021.

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Israel Eden Alene
Israel – Eden Alene, Set Me Free

🇮🇹 Italy / Måneskin – Zitti E Buoni
🇩🇪 Germany
 / Jendrik – I Don’t Feel Hate
🇳🇱 The Netherlands (Hosts) 
/ Jeangu Macrooy – Birth of a New Age
🇫🇷 France 
/ Barbara Pravi – Voilà
🇬🇧 United Kingdom 
/ James Newman – Embers
🇪🇸 Spain 
/ Blas Cantó – Voy A Querdarme

The UK entry is James Newman with the song Embers.

James Newman is a multi-platinum selling, Brit Award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter.

In 2013 James won a Brit Award for co-writing the British Single of the Year Waiting All Night, performed by Rudimental and Ella Eyre; this became his first UK Number 1.

Hits

It wasn’t long before he co-wrote another UK chart-topper, Blame, this time for Calvin Harris and his younger brother John Newman. The song was a massive hit in several countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Mexico.

UK, James Newman, Embers

Yorkshire-born James Newman has worked with many famous artists over the years, including Ed Sheeran who recorded the vocals for Lay It All On Me, a certified platinum single in the UK and US. The singer-songwriter has also been nominated for a Grammy twice, co-writing Coping from Toni Braxton’s album Sex & Cigarettes, and Let ‘Em Talk from Ke$ha’s album Rainbow.

At the beginning of 2020, James recorded his previous Eurovision entry My Last Breath in Scotland while he was staying on a loch with fellow songwriters Ed Drewett, Iain James and Adam Argyle. James released his debut EP The Things We Do in Summer 2020 and ended the year with another new collaboration with Armin Van Buuren, Slow Lane.

Lyrics of Embers

Sometimes I know
My fire burns low
But as long as you’re with me I’ll never get cold
Day and night
Through darkness and light
I’ll never worry when you’re by my side
Oh
Feelings change
And seasons fade, but
Nothing will burn us out
Nothing can stop us now
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
There’s a fire burning for you
(yeah there’s a fire, burning for you)
I feel it heating up
There’s still a chance for us
Down here in the ashes yeah there’s something glowing
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light)
Light up the Room
You and me
Forever we’re free
We’re cool under pressure
And that’s all we need
So take my hand
And forget the past
We’re in this together there’s no looking back
Oh
Feelings change
And seasons fade, but
Nothing will burn us out
Nothing can stop us now
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
There’s a fire burning for you
(yeah there’s a fire, burning for you)
I feel it heating up
There’s still a chance for us
Down here in the ashes yeah there’s something glowing
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light)
Light up the Room
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room
(yeah you and I, gonna light up the room)
Light up the Room

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 takes place in Rotterdam. The Dutch city was due to host the contest in 2020 before the event was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Grand Final takes place on 22nd May 2021.

The venue for the 2021 contest will, like in 2020, be Ahoy in Rotterdam. The venue has hosted several big events, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.

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The theme for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will remain the same – Open Up. The slogan ‘Open Up’ was intentionally incomplete when it was chosen for Eurovision 2020. “Feel the freedom to complete the slogan in your own way. We found it was important to choose a theme that reflects the spirit of our times. With the slogan we warmly invite people to open up to others, to different opinions, each other’s stories and of course to each other’s music,” said the organisers in 2019.

In December 2020, the logo of Eurovision 2021 was revealed. The new design is inspired by the world map with Rotterdam as the beating heart of Europe in May 2021. “The logo connects Rotterdam with the capitals of the participating countries and symbolises coming together, regardless of the form,” says Sietse Bakker, the Executive Producer of the event.

Celebrations

They “extended the style from last year to 2021” and retained the “simple, intelligent, minimalist and experimental” elements but then added a “festive touch, to celebrate the return of the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials) will return as presenters in 2021. They were set to host Eurovision 2020, and presented Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light in May.

Official Song Recap 2021

Check out all of this year’s 39 entries on the official Eurovision YouTube channel and visit the website here for all the latest news running up to the final.

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