Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam: Stage

Will the 2020-artists compete at Eurovision 2021?

With the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, a lot of questions arise. One of the biggest doubt remains unanswered: What will happen to this year’s songs and artists?

Updated 28 September 2020, 11:17 CEST

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While we now know we won't be seeing the 41 artists take the stage in Rotterdam and present their Eurovision songs, we don't know what will happen to them for Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Songs for Eurovision 2021

The Reference Group (Eurovision's governing board), has decided that the 41 songs chosen for Eurovision 2020 will NOT be eligible to compete at Eurovision 2021.

Artists for Eurovision 2021

Minutes after the major announcement, various broadcasters confirmed their selection method for Eurovision 2021. Some of the countries will send the same artist to Eurovision 2021 and others will hold a new selection.

We will update this list when broadcasters confirm artist or selection method for Eurovision 2021···

AlbaniaArilena AraNew artist via Festivali i Këngës 59
ArmeniaAthena ManoukianArmenia intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
AustraliaMontaigneMontaigne to Eurovision 2021
AustriaVincent BuenoVincent Bueno to Eurovision 2021
AzerbaijanSamira EfendiSamira Efendi to Eurovision 2021
BelarusVALNew artist to Eurovision 2021
BelgiumHooverphonicHooverphonic to Eurovision 2021
BulgariaVictoriaVictoria to Eurovision 2021
CroatiaDamir KedžoNew artist via Dora 2021
CyprusSandro NicolasNew artist to Eurovision 2021
Czech RepublicBenny CristoBenny Cristo to Eurovision 2021
DenmarkBen & TanNew artist via Melodi Grand Prix 2021
EstoniaUku SuvisteNew artist via Eesti Laul 2021 Final
FinlandAksel KankaanrantaNew artist via Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021
FranceTom LeebNew artist via Eurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez
GeorgiaTornike KipianiTornike Kipiani to Eurovision 2021
GermanyBen DolicNew artist to Eurovision 2021
GreeceStefaniaStefania to Eurovision 2021
IcelandDaði & GagnamagniðIceland intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
IrelandLesley RoyIreland intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
IsraelEden AleneEden Alene to Eurovision 2021
LatviaSamanta TīnaSamanta Tīna to Eurovision 2021
LithuaniaThe RoopNew artist via national selection
MaltaDestinyDestiny to Eurovision 2021
MoldovaNatalia Gordienko
NetherlandsJeangu MacrooyJeangu Macrooy to Eurovision 2021
North N.MacedoniaVasilNorth Macedonia intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
NorwayUlrikke BrandstorpNew artist via Melodi Grand Prix 2021
PolandAlicja Szemplińska
RomaniaRoxenRoxen to Eurovision 2021
RussiaLittle BigRussia intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
San MarinoS.MarinoSenhitSenhit to Eurovision 2021
SerbiaHurricaneSerbia intends to participate in Eurovision 2021
SloveniaAna SokličAna Soklič to Eurovision 2021
SpainBlas CantóBlas Cantó to Eurovision 2021
SwedenThe MamasNew artist via Melodifestivalen 2021
SwitzerlandSwissGjon's TearsGjon's Tears to Eurovision 2021
UkraineGo_AGo_A to Eurovision 2021
United KingdomUKJames Newman

36 countries have expressed their initial interest for participation in Eurovision 2021, which is subject to change.

Interests from other Eurovision 2020 artists

Ireland – Lesley Roy

Ireland 2020: Lesley Roy
Photo: Luca Truffarelli

Lesley Roy was due to represent Ireland in Rotterdam 2020 with the song Story of my Life. Her song would have been Ireland's 54th entry in Eurovision.

Ireland 2020: Lesley Roy
Photo: Luca Truffarelli

Speaking to the radio hosts on 2FM Breakfast, she spoke out about her devastation that the contest was cancelled especially since she was excited about the whole concept. Lesley continued to explain that she still doesn't know what's going to happen next year whilst some countries have said they are putting the same song/artist in next year. She closes off with her intentions willing to be in the next edition due to her passionate towards the project and will gladly spend the next six months writing a new song for next year.

Meanwhile the Irish head of delegation, Michael Kealy, confirmed the intentions to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Moldova – Natalia Gordienko

Moldova 2020: Natalia Gordienko
Natalia Gordienko

Natalia Gordienko should have represented Moldova at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song Prison, after winning the Moldovan national Selection.

Moldova 2020: Natalia Gordienko
Natalia Gordienko

Natalia has updated her bio on Instagram:

Representative of Moldova on Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam

Moldova's public broadcaster TRM has not confirmed whether or not Natalia will go to Rotterdam next year.

Poland – Alicja Szemplińska

Poland 2020: Alicja Szemplinska

Poland was going to be represented by Alicija Szemplińska with the song Empires. The national broadcaster, TVP, has yet to confirm their intentions about the next selection but in a recent post by Alicja herself, an interest to represent Poland once again was expressed.

Poland 2020: Alicja Szemplinska

On her Instagram, on one of her recent posts, Alicja replied to a fan by saying:

– I would be thrilled if I could participate in Eurovision 2021 and represent Poland!

No official confirmation or news has been released from TVP up to this moment.

Iceland – Daði & Gagnamagnið

Iceland 2020: Daði & Gagnamagnið
Photo: Mummi Lú / RÚV

We first saw Daði Freyr together with his band Gagnamagnið, try to represent Iceland in 2017 with the song "Is This Love?" but lost out by placing second on the final night. He returned together with his band in 2020 and won the Icelandic national final with his entry Think about Things and instantly became one of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam before it got cancelled.

Iceland 2020: Daði & Gagnamagnið
Photo: Mummi Lú / RÚV

The Icelandic broadcaster has yet to announce their 2021 plans but Daði himself has stated that he will not compete in Söngvakeppnin but he might be ready to compose a song. He clarified via twitter that he would represent Iceland if he was internally chosen:

– I would be honored and proud to represent Iceland with a new Gagnamagnið song in Eurovision if RUV wants to invite us. It would just feel weird to me to compete in Söngvakeppnin again. Either way I will keep making more music, that's not going to change.

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