The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, although no winner was declared for the 65th edition due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the song “Arcade”.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was supposed to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, and the 5th time the Netherlands had hosted the event. However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were forced to cancel the live Eurovision 2020 event in Rotterdam due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the restrictions put in place by the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities. The venue, the Ahoy Arena, had to close down to be converted into a hospital to deal with Covid-19.
Ultimately, due to an outpouring of world-wide love for the competition, there was an alternative live broadcast on what was meant to be the finale night, Saturday 16th May 2020. Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light saw videos of the entries played out non-competitively, with a few sing-alongs and iconic faces from the past appearing too.
The Dutch Government has confirmed that the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam may proceed with a limited audience under strict conditions that ensure the health and safety of fans, crew, press and participants.
A maximum of 3,500 audience members will be allowed to enter the arena; approximately 20% of the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena capacity. The contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy; it will consist of two semi-finals on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th May the final on Saturday 22nd May 2021.