Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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Eurovision Song Contest 2021
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Dates
Semi-final 118 May 2021
Semi-final 220 May 2021
Final22 May 2021
Host
VenueRotterdam Ahoy
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Marnix Kaart
  • Marc Pos
  • Daniel Jelinek
Executive supervisorMartin Österdahl
Executive producer
  • Sietse Bakker
  • Astrid Dutrénit
Host broadcaster
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Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Bulgaria
 Ukraine
Non-returning countries Armenia
 Belarus
 Hungary
 Montenegro
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Voting systemEach country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to ten songs.
Nul points in final United Kingdom[a]
Winning song Italy
"Zitti e buoni"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, following the country's win at the 2019 contest with the song "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence. The Netherlands was set to host the 2020 contest, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS, the contest was held at Rotterdam Ahoy, and consisted of two semi-finals on 18 and 20 May, and a final on 22 May 2021. The three live shows were presented by Dutch television presenters and singers Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, and Dutch YouTube personality and make-up artist Nikkie de Jager.

Thirty-nine countries participated in the contest, of which twenty-six re-entered the artists chosen for 2020 (albeit with different songs, as per the contest's rules). Bulgaria and Ukraine returned after their absence from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Montenegro did not return after their participation in the 2019 edition. Armenia and Belarus had originally planned to participate, but Armenia withdrew due to its social and political crises following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, and Belarus was disqualified after submitting entries in violation of the rules twice, and not providing an eligible entry before the deadline.

The winner was Italy with the song "Zitti e buoni", performed by Måneskin and written by the band's members Damiano David, Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi and Victoria De Angelis. France, Switzerland, Iceland and Ukraine rounded out the top five, with France and Switzerland achieving their best results since 1991 and 1993 respectively. Italy won the combined vote and televote, but placed fourth in the jury vote after Switzerland, France, and Malta. Italy was the second member of the "Big Five" to win the contest after Germany in 2010. For the first time since 1995, none of the top three entries were performed in English, with France and Switzerland performing in French, and Italy in Italian.

Also, for the first time since the current voting system was implemented in 2016, more than one country received no points from the televote in the final; these countries were Germany, Spain, the host country the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, the last of those becoming the first country to receive no points from both the jury and televote. It was the fifth time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015, with the Netherlands finishing 23rd in the final, as well as the second time that the United Kingdom had received no points in the contest, the last time having been in 2003, as well as the first time that they had finished in last place in successive contests, having also placed last in 2019. For the first time since it made its debut in 2015, Australia failed to qualify for the final, making Ukraine the only country that has never failed to qualify from the semi-finals since their introduction in 2004.[b]

The EBU reported that the contest had an audience of 183 million viewers in 36 European markets, an increase of a million viewers from the previous edition, with an increase of seven percent in the 15–24 year old age range.[1][2]

Location[edit]

Rotterdam Ahoy – host venue of the 2021 contest.
Location of host venue (red) and other contest-related sites and events (blue)

The 2021 contest was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands,[3] following the country's victory at the 2019 edition with the song "Arcade", performed by Duncan Laurence. It was the fifth time that the Netherlands had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980. The selected venue was the 16,400-seat Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam Ahoy, a convention centre and multi-purpose indoor arena located on Ahoyweg, which serves as a venue for many events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. Rotterdam Ahoy had previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, and was set to host the 2020 contest before its cancellation. The "Turquoise Carpet" event, where the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place at the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal on 16 May 2021.[4][5]

Host city selection[edit]

By Eurovision tradition, the Netherlands received the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest after the country won the competition in 2019.[6] The Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS launched the bidding process in the same month on 29 May,[7] in which five cities – Arnhem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Maastricht, Rotterdam, and Utrecht – submitted their bid books during a ceremonial event held in Hilversum on 10 July 2019.[8] On 16 July, Maastricht and Rotterdam were shortlisted,[9] and after the NPO visited both cities,[10] on 30 August 2019, Rotterdam was announced as the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[11]

Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the EBU began talks with broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, as well as the city of Rotterdam, on the possibility of staging the 2021 contest in the city.[12] On 23 April 2020, the municipal council of Rotterdam approved an increased budget after Dutch media reported that the city would require an additional €6.7 million to host the contest.[13][14] The decision was imminent as it was required that the EBU be informed by late April if Rotterdam was willing to host the contest. If Rotterdam declined to host the event, NPO, NOS and AVROTROS had until mid-May 2020 to find an alternative.[15] During the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which aired on 16 May 2020, Rotterdam was confirmed as the host city of the 2021 contest.[16]

Participating countries[edit]

  Participating countries in the first semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final
  Participating countries in the second semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final

The EBU initially announced on 26 October 2020 that 41 countries would participate in the contest, featuring the same line-up of countries that were set to participate in the cancelled 2020 edition. Bulgaria and Ukraine marked their return to the contest after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Montenegro were confirmed as non-returning following their latest appearances in 2019.[17]

In March 2021, Armenia and Belarus confirmed their non-participation in the contest; Armenia withdrew due to its social and political crises in the aftermath of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, while Belarus was disqualified from the contest after submitting entries in violation of the rules twice, and not providing an eligible entry before the deadline, thereby reducing the number of participating countries to 39.[18][19]

Participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021[17][20]
Country Broadcaster Artist Song Language Songwriter(s)
 Albania RTSH Anxhela Peristeri "Karma" Albanian
  • Kledi Bahiti
  • Olti Curri
 Australia SBS Montaigne "Technicolour" English
 Austria ORF Vincent Bueno "Amen" English
 Azerbaijan İTV Efendi "Mata Hari" English[c]
  • Amy van der Wel
  • Josh Earl
  • Luuk van Beers
  • Tony Cornelissen
 Belgium VRT Hooverphonic "The Wrong Place" English
 Bulgaria BNT Victoria "Growing Up Is Getting Old" English
 Croatia HRT Albina "Tick-Tock" English, Croatian
  • Branimir Mihaljević
  • Max Cinnamon
  • Tihana Buklijaš Bakić
 Cyprus CyBC Elena Tsagrinou "El Diablo" English[d]
 Czech Republic ČT Benny Cristo "Omaga" English[e]
 Denmark DR Fyr og Flamme "Øve os på hinanden" Danish Laurits Emanuel
 Estonia ERR Uku Suviste "The Lucky One" English
 Finland Yle Blind Channel "Dark Side" English
  • Aleksi Kaunisvesi
  • Joel Hokka
  • Joonas Porko
  • Niko Moilanen
  • Olli Matela
 France France Télévisions Barbara Pravi "Voilà" French
 Georgia GPB Tornike Kipiani "You" English Tornike Kipiani
 Germany NDR Jendrik "I Don't Feel Hate" English[f]
 Greece ERT Stefania "Last Dance" English
 Iceland RÚV Daði og Gagnamagnið "10 Years" English Daði Freyr Pétursson
 Ireland RTÉ Lesley Roy "Maps" English
  • Emelie Eriksson
  • Lesley Roy
  • Lukas Hällgren
  • Philip Strand
 Israel IPBC Eden Alene "Set Me Free" English[g]
  • Amit Mordechai
  • Ido Netzer
  • Noam Zlatin
  • Ron Carmi
 Italy RAI Måneskin "Zitti e buoni" Italian
 Latvia LTV Samanta Tīna "The Moon Is Rising" English
 Lithuania LRT The Roop "Discoteque" English
 Malta PBS Destiny "Je me casse" English[h]
  • Amanuel Dermont
  • Malin Christin
  • Nicklas Eklund
  • Pete Barringer
 Moldova TRM Natalia Gordienko "Sugar" English
 Netherlands AVROTROS Jeangu Macrooy "Birth of a New Age" English, Sranan Tongo
 North Macedonia MRT Vasil "Here I Stand" English
 Norway NRK Tix "Fallen Angel" English
 Poland TVP Rafał "The Ride" English
  • Clara Rubensson
  • Joakim Övrenius
  • Johan Mauritzson
  • Thomas Karlsson
 Portugal RTP The Black Mamba "Love Is on My Side" English Pedro "Tatanka" Caldeira
 Romania TVR Roxen "Amnesia" English
  • Adelina Stîngă
  • Victor "Viky Red" Bouroșu
 Russia C1R Manizha "Russian Woman" Russian, English
 San Marino SMRTV Senhit[i] "Adrenalina" English[j]
 Serbia RTS Hurricane "Loco Loco" Serbian[k]
 Slovenia RTVSLO Ana Soklič "Amen" English
 Spain RTVE Blas Cantó "Voy a quedarme" Spanish
 Sweden SVT Tusse "Voices" English
 Switzerland SRG SSR Gjon's Tears "Tout l'univers" French
 Ukraine UA:PBC Go_A "Shum" (Шум) Ukrainian
 United Kingdom BBC James Newman "Embers" English

Returning artists[edit]

After the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the participating broadcasters of 24 countries announced that, for the 2021 contest, they would internally select the same artists initially selected for 2020. In addition, the artists initially selected for Estonia and Lithuania in 2020 won their national finals to represent their countries in 2021.

Discounting 2020, the contest featured three representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same country, and five artists who participated in other Eurovision events or as backing vocalists for the same or for another country. Among the representatives who returned as lead vocalists, Natalia Gordienko had previously represented Moldova in 2006 with Arsenium and Connect-R;[21] Senhit had represented San Marino in 2011;[22] and Sanja Vučić, a member of Hurricane, had previously represented Serbia in 2016 in a solo performance.[23]

Former backing vocalists who competed as lead artists included Ksenija Knežević, a member of Serbia's group Hurricane, who had previously served as backing vocalist in 2015 for Montenegro's entrant Knez;[23] Destiny, who had provided backing vocals for Malta's Michela in 2019;[24] Vincent Bueno, who had backed Austria's Nathan Trent in 2017;[25] and Vasil, who had provided backing vocals for North Macedonia's Tamara Todevska in 2019.[26] Two artists had previously competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Malta's Destiny, who had won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, and Greece's Stefania, who had competed for the Netherlands in the 2016 Junior contest as member of the group Kisses.[24][27] Mladen Lukić, who had previously competed for Serbia in 2018 as a member of Balkanika, returned as a backing vocalist for Hurricane.

Production[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was a co-production between three related Dutch television organisations — Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS — of which each assumed a different role.[28] Sietse Bakker and Astrid Dutrénit served as executive producers, while Emilie Sickinghe and Jessica Stam served as deputy executive producers.[29] Marnix Kaart, Marc Pos and Daniel Jelinek served as directors of the three live shows,[30][31] and Gerben Bakker served as head of show.[32][33] Background music for the shows was composed by Eric van Tijn.[34][35]

In January 2020, the EBU announced that Martin Österdahl would become the executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest after the 2020 edition, succeeding Jon Ola Sand.[36] Before his appointment, Österdahl had been an executive producer for the 2013 and 2016 editions, and had been a member of the Eurovision Song Contest reference group between 2012 and 2018.[37]

The total budget for the shows was 22 million, of which €3.7 million was left unspent after the contest, according to the municipal executive. The additional money was allocated to contingency scenarios that were eventually discarded.[38]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

On 7 May 2020, the Dutch authorities prohibited all mass gatherings in the country until a COVID-19 vaccine became available.[39] The host broadcasters stated that they were assessing the decision and how it would impact the event.[40]

On 18 September 2020, the EBU released a summary of contingency scenarios for the contest in order for it to take place regardless of the circumstances, including:[41][42]

In February 2021, the EBU and the host broadcasters stated that it had ruled out hosting the contest as normal (Scenario A). Scenario C was also modified – all acts would perform remotely like in scenario D.[43] A health and safety protocol for the contest was published on 2 March 2021, with the EBU affirming that the contest would be held under scenario B, while reiterating that downscaling options remained on the table should circumstances change.[44] On 30 April 2021, the EBU confirmed scenario B for the contest.[45]

Overview of the hosting scenarios[43]
Contest aspect Scenario A
(Normal)
Scenario B
(1.5-metre) †
Scenario C
(Travel restrictive)
Scenario D
(Lockdown)
Shows from Ahoy Yes Yes Yes Yes
Participants in Rotterdam All All/most None None
Audience in the arena 100% 0–80% 0–80% None
Side events in Rotterdam Yes Adapted Reduced None
Press centre 1,500 on site 500 on site
1,000 virtual
1,500 virtual 1,500 virtual

On 1 April 2021, it was announced that an audience of 3,500 people would be allowed at each of the nine shows, including the three live shows and six rehearsals; the Dutch cabinet later gave its approval on 29 April. All audience members must have had tested negative for COVID-19.[46][47][48]

Due to pandemic precautions, the "Turquoise Carpet" event was the only in-person side event to take place in 2021. Impacted side events included: the Opening Ceremony event, which was not held; the Eurovision Village, which took place from 15 to 23 May in an online-only form; and the EuroClub, which was cancelled for this year.[49][50][51][52]

Visual design[edit]

The graphic design of the 2021 contest on display in Rotterdam

On 18 September 2020, along with possible scenarios, the EBU confirmed that the planned visual design and slogan for 2020, "Open Up", would be used for the 2021 contest as well.[41] The revamped official logo and branding was unveiled on 4 December 2020. Designed by Clever°Franke, it is "an abstract presentation inspired by the map of the world and visually connects the location of the capitals of the [then] 41 participating countries with Rotterdam as Europe's beating heart".[53][54] The revamped visual identity, designed by MediaMonks and NEP, was built around patterns and 'tracks' that symbolises the Netherlands and "opening up".[55][56][57]

Stage design[edit]

Stage and green room in the arena

During the announcement of the dates of the 2021 contest, Sietse Bakker, executive producer of the 2021 contest, stated that the planned 2020 stage design would also be used in the 2021 contest.[58] The design was inspired by the slogan "Open Up" and the typical Dutch flat landscape. The Eurovision stage was designed by German stage designer Florian Wieder [de], who also designed the stages for the contests in 2011–12, 2015, and 2017–19.[59][60] Its features included a revolvable primary LED screen that is 52 metres (171 ft) wide and 12 metres (39 ft) high, and a retractable semi-transparent LED screen which could be used as a backdrop for the secondary stage.[61][62][63] The stage design was complemented by augmented reality effects.[64] Unlike the 2019 contest, the green room was placed in the main performance venue, and encompassed the entire floor space previously reserved for the standing audience, so as to facilitate social distancing.[65]

Postcards[edit]

The "postcards" were 40-second video introductions shown on television whilst the stage was being prepared for the next contestant to perform their entry.[66] Filmed between January and April, and directed by Martijn Nieman and Laurence Drenthe, with Kevin Soares serving as executive producer, the 2021 postcards were based on the "Open Up" theme of the contest. In a departure from the initial concept created for the 2020 contest owing to travel restriction concerns, the postcards involved the acts being presented through footage shot in their country of origin. These were inserted via chroma keying onto the framework of a 'tiny house' set-up in various locations around the Netherlands, and decorated with items personal to the artist. At the end of each postcard, a light streak hit the house and was refracted into a country-specific coloured streak, mimicking the prism and transitions to the stage, where the ceiling was lit up with that country's flag colours using augmented reality.[57] The postcards were produced by Amsterdam-based production company IDTV, with additional post-production and VFX work by Antwerp-based agency STORM.[67][68] The following locations were used for each participating country:[69][70]

Presenters[edit]

Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager, presenters of the 2021 contest

On 18 September 2020, along with possible scenarios, the EBU confirmed that the 2020 planned presenters would be appointed as presenters for the 2021 contest as well: actress and television host Chantal Janzen, singer and commentator for the contest Jan Smit, singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests, and beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials).[41][71][72]

In addition, De Jager and Krista Siegfrids (Finland's representative in the 2013 contest) were the presenters of the contest's online content. Siegfrids hosted Krista Calling, a weekly YouTube series with behind-the-scenes coverage from Rotterdam,[73][74] and De Jager hosted LookLab with NikkieTutorials, an online talk show series featuring 38 participants with Queen Máxima as a special guest.[l][76][77] Koos van Plateringen [nl], Hila Noorzai [nl] and Samya Hafsaoui [nl] moderated the contest's press conferences, while Van Plateringen and Fenna Ramos [nl] hosted the "Turquoise Carpet" event.[78][4]

Format[edit]

Entries[edit]

For this year, delegations were given the option to use pre-recorded backing vocals. Each delegation could still choose to use backing singers, whether on or off stage, or a combination of live and recorded backing vocals. All lead vocals performing the melody of the song must still be live, according to the rules.[79][80] As a measure to guarantee that all participants could take part in the contest, every national broadcaster were required to create a 'live-on-tape' backup recording prior to the contest, which could be used if a participant was unable to travel to Rotterdam, or subjected to quarantine on arrival. The recordings took place in a studio setting, in real-time (as it would be at the contest) without any edits to the vocals or any part of the performance itself after the recording. A set of production guidelines was also revealed to ensure fairness and the integrity of the recordings.[81]

Other rules for the entries stayed the same in the 2021 contest. This includes that the maximum length for a song is three minutes, that there can be at most six performers on stage, and that the compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September of the year before.[82] Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, the EBU explored the option of allowing the songs selected for the 2020 contest to compete in the 2021 contest, which needed to be discussed with the Eurovision Song Contest reference group and the national broadcasters.[12] Victoria, Bulgaria's representative for 2020 and 2021, publicly expressed her support for such a move.[83] However, on 20 March 2020, the reference group decided that, in accordance with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2020 songs would not be eligible to compete in the 2021 contest.[84]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

On 17 November 2020, the EBU confirmed that the semi-final allocation draw for the 2021 contest would not be held. Instead, the semi-finals would feature the same line-up of countries as determined by the draw for the 2020 contest's semi-finals, which was held on 28 January 2020 at the Rotterdam City Hall and hosted by contest presenters Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – host country the Netherlands and "Big Five" countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The EBU also decided to maintain the Netherlands' grand final running order position – 23.[85]

The pots used initially for the 2020 contest featured as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Contest overview[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 18 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST).[58] Sixteen countries participated in this semi-final, with the running order published on 30 March 2021.[88] Malta won the most points, followed by Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Israel, Cyprus, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Belgium, and Norway. The countries that failed to reach the final were Slovenia, Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Croatia, and Romania. All the countries competing in this semi-final were eligible to vote, plus Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.[85] Belarus was originally allocated to participate in the first half of the semi-final, but was disqualified from the contest after submitting entries in violation of the rules twice, and not providing an eligible entry before the deadline.[19]

This semi-final was opened by Duncan Laurence, performing "Feel Something",[89] and featured singer and YouTuber Davina Michelle and actress Thekla Reuten in an interval act titled "The Power of Water", centering on the Netherlands' history of water management.[90][91] Michelle performed her new single "Sweet Water" in the performance. In both acts, augmented reality was used. The Dutch, German, and Italian artists were then interviewed, and clips of their competing songs were played.

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Points Place
1  Lithuania The Roop "Discoteque" 203 4
2  Slovenia Ana Soklič "Amen" 44 13
3  Russia Manizha "Russian Woman" 225 3
4  Sweden Tusse "Voices" 142 7
5  Australia[o] Montaigne "Technicolour" 28 14
6  North Macedonia Vasil "Here I Stand" 23 15
7  Ireland Lesley Roy "Maps" 20 16
8  Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou "El Diablo" 170 6
9  Norway Tix "Fallen Angel" 115 10
10  Croatia Albina "Tick-Tock" 110 11
11  Belgium Hooverphonic "The Wrong Place" 117 9
12  Israel Eden Alene "Set Me Free" 192 5
13  Romania Roxen "Amnesia" 85 12
14  Azerbaijan Efendi "Mata Hari" 138 8
15  Ukraine Go_A "Shum" 267 2
16  Malta Destiny "Je me casse" 325 1

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 20 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST).[58] Seventeen countries participated in this semi-final, with the running order published on 30 March 2021.[88] Switzerland won the most points, followed by Iceland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Finland, Greece, Moldova, Serbia, San Marino, and Albania. The countries that failed to reach the final were Estonia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Georgia, Latvia, and Denmark. All the countries competing in this semi-final were eligible to vote, plus France, Spain and the United Kingdom.[85] Armenia was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final, but withdrew from the contest due to its social and political crises in the aftermath of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War.[18]

This semi-final was opened by breakdancer Redouan "Redo" Ait Chitt and singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser,[94][95] with ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and BMX-er Dez Maarsen performing during the interval;[96] the acts are titled "Forward Unlimited" and "Close Encounter of a Special Kind", respectively. The British, French, and Spanish artists were then interviewed, and clips of their competing songs were played.

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Points Place
1  San Marino Senhit[i] "Adrenalina" 118 9
2  Estonia Uku Suviste "The Lucky One" 58 13
3  Czech Republic Benny Cristo "Omaga" 23 15
4  Greece Stefania "Last Dance" 184 6
5  Austria Vincent Bueno "Amen" 66 12
6  Poland Rafał "The Ride" 35 14
7  Moldova Natalia Gordienko "Sugar" 179 7
8  Iceland[p] Daði og Gagnamagnið "10 Years" 288 2
9  Serbia Hurricane "Loco Loco" 124 8
10  Georgia Tornike Kipiani "You" 16 16
11  Albania Anxhela Peristeri "Karma" 112 10
12  Portugal The Black Mamba "Love Is on My Side" 239 4
13  Bulgaria Victoria "Growing Up Is Getting Old" 250 3
14  Finland Blind Channel "Dark Side" 234 5
15  Latvia Samanta Tīna "The Moon Is Rising" 14 17
16  Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Tout l'univers" 291 1
17  Denmark Fyr og Flamme "Øve os på hinanden" 89 11

Final[edit]

The final took place on 22 May 2021 at 21:00 (CEST).[58] Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with the jury and televote of all thirty-nine participating countries eligible to vote The running order for the final was published on 21 May 2021.[99] Italy won with 524 points, also winning the televote. France came second with 499, with Switzerland who won the jury vote, Iceland, Ukraine, Finland, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, and Greece completing the top ten. San Marino, the Netherlands, Spain, Germay, and the United Kingdom occupied the bottom five positions, of which the last four countries without receiving any points from the televote..

The final was opened by the traditional flag parade, introducing all twenty-six finalists, accompanied by a remix of "Venus" produced and performed by 16-year-old DJ Pieter Gabriel, with co-presenters Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley singing parts of the song.[100][101] The interval acts included a medley of "Hero", "Ten Feet Tall" and "Titanium" performed by DJ Afrojack, singers Wulf and Glennis Grace, and an orchestra composed of young Dutch musicians;[102][103] the "Rock the Roof" interval act, where six former Eurovision winners – Måns Zelmerlöw, Teach-In, Sandra Kim, Lenny Kuhr, Helena Paparizou and Lordi – performed their winning songs – "Heroes", "Ding-a-dong", "J'aime la vie", "De troubadour", "My Number One" and "Hard Rock Hallelujah" respectively – atop several venues in Rotterdam;[104] and Duncan Laurence, who performed his winning song "Arcade" and his new single "Stars".[q][106][101] A dance sketch titled "The Human Countdown" was then performed, which signified the closure of the voting window.[101]

R/O Country Artist Song Points Place
1  Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou "El Diablo" 94 16
2  Albania Anxhela Peristeri "Karma" 57 21
3  Israel Eden Alene "Set Me Free" 93 17
4  Belgium Hooverphonic "The Wrong Place" 74 19
5  Russia Manizha "Russian Woman" 204 9
6  Malta Destiny "Je me casse" 255 7
7  Portugal The Black Mamba "Love Is on My Side" 153 12
8  Serbia Hurricane "Loco Loco" 102 15
9  United Kingdom James Newman "Embers" 0 26
10  Greece Stefania "Last Dance" 170 10
11  Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Tout l'univers" 432 3
12  Iceland[p] Daði og Gagnamagnið "10 Years" 378 4
13  Spain Blas Cantó "Voy a quedarme" 6 24
14  Moldova Natalia Gordienko "Sugar" 115 13
15  Germany Jendrik "I Don't Feel Hate" 3 25
16  Finland Blind Channel "Dark Side" 301 6
17  Bulgaria Victoria "Growing Up Is Getting Old" 170 11
18  Lithuania The Roop "Discoteque" 220 8
19  Ukraine Go_A "Shum" 364 5
20  France Barbara Pravi "Voilà" 499 2
21  Azerbaijan Efendi "Mata Hari" 65 20
22  Norway Tix "Fallen Angel" 75 18
23  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy "Birth of a New Age" 11 23
24  Italy Måneskin "Zitti e buoni" 524 1
25  Sweden Tusse "Voices" 109 14
26  San Marino Senhit[i] "Adrenalina" 50 22

Spokespersons[edit]

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:[107]

  1.  Israel – Lucy Ayoub
  2.  Poland – Ida Nowakowska
  3.  San Marino – Monica Fabbri
  4.  Albania – Andri Xhahu
  5.  Malta – Stephanie Spiteri
  6.  Estonia – Sissi [et]
  7.  North Macedonia – Vane Markoski
  8.  Azerbaijan – Ell and Nikki
  9.  Norway – Silje Skjemstad Cruz
  10.  Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  11.  Austria – Philipp Hansa
  12.  United Kingdom – Amanda Holden
  13.  Italy – Carolina Di Domenico
  14.  Slovenia – Lorella Flego
  15.  Greece – Manolis Gkinis
  16.  Latvia – Aminata Savadogo
  17.  Ireland – Ryan O'Shaughnessy
  18.  Moldova – Sergey Stepanov (also known as "Epic Sax Guy")
  19.  Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina [sr]
  20.  Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva [bg]
  21.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  22.  Belgium – Danira Boukhriss
  23.  Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
  24.  Australia – Joel Creasey
  25.  Finland – Katri Norrlin [fi]
  26.  Portugal – Elisa
  27.  Ukraine – Tayanna
  28.  Iceland – Hannes Óli Ágústsson (as Olaf Yohansson from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
  29.  Romania – Cătălina Ponor
  30.  Croatia – Ivan Dorian Molnar
  31.  Czech Republic – Taťána Kuchařová
  32.  Georgia – Oto Nemsadze
  33.  Lithuania – Andrius Mamontovas
  34.  Denmark – Tina Müller
  35.  Russia – Polina Gagarina
  36.  France – Carla
  37.  Sweden – Carola
  38.  Switzerland – Angélique Beldner
  39.  Netherlands – Romy Monteiro[r]

Detailed voting results[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 1
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Malta 325  Malta 174  Ukraine 164
2  Ukraine 267  Russia 117  Malta 151
3  Russia 225  Ukraine 103  Lithuania 137
4  Lithuania 203  Israel 99  Russia 108
5  Israel 192  Cyprus 92  Israel 93
6  Cyprus 170  Sweden 91  Azerbaijan 91
7  Sweden 142  Belgium 70  Cyprus 78
8  Azerbaijan 138  Lithuania 66  Norway 77
9  Belgium 117  Romania 58  Croatia 53
10  Norway 115  Croatia 57  Sweden 51
11  Croatia 110  Azerbaijan 47  Belgium 47
12  Romania 85  Norway 38  Romania 27
13  Slovenia 44  Slovenia 36  North Macedonia 11
14  Australia 28  Australia 26  Slovenia 8
15  North Macedonia 23  Ireland 16  Ireland 4
16  Ireland 20  North Macedonia 12  Australia 2
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 1[108]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Lithuania
Slovenia
Russia
Sweden
Australia
North Macedonia
Ireland
Cyprus
Norway
Croatia
Belgium
Israel
Romania
Azerbaijan
Ukraine
Malta
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Contestants
Lithuania 203 66 137 2 7 2 5 3 6 2 12 8 1 4 4 7 3
Slovenia 44 36 8 3 6 4 3 7 4 4 5
Russia 225 117 108 10 6 7 7 8 8 3 8 12 6 5 12 1 7 5 12
Sweden 142 91 51 3 7 6 1 1 7 10 1 6 5 4 6 3 10 12 4 5
Australia 28 26 2 8 1 2 2 12 1
North Macedonia 23 12 11 4 2 6
Ireland 20 16 4 1 3 2 1 3 3 2 1
Cyprus 170 92 78 4 12 8 4 10 4 4 5 10 10 3 2 8 5 3
Norway 115 38 77 2 3 8 1 2 3 7 2 6 4
Croatia 110 57 53 1 7 3 8 10 5 1 1 1 5 8 3 2 2
Belgium 117 70 47 10 5 6 2 4 4 7 2 10 10 10
Israel 192 99 93 7 2 10 10 8 12 1 8 7 4 1 6 3 12 8
Romania 85 58 27 5 10 2 3 5 7 7 12 6 1
Azerbaijan 138 47 91 8 4 3 5 6 7 6 6 2
Ukraine 267 103 164 12 1 5 5 4 5 6 7 5 10 4 10 8 7 8 6
Malta 325 174 151 6 6 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 12 8 8 12 10 5 10 8 7
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 1[108]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Lithuania
Slovenia
Russia
Sweden
Australia
North Macedonia
Ireland
Cyprus
Norway
Croatia
Belgium
Israel
Romania
Azerbaijan
Ukraine
Malta
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Contestants
Lithuania 203 66 137 7 10 8 4 12 12 12 3 8 5 6 3 12 7 12 8 8
Slovenia 44 36 8 3 5
Russia 225 117 108 8 7 3 7 8 1 7 4 10 2 12 5 8 6 2 6 7 5
Sweden 142 91 51 5 2 2 4 3 10 7 2 1 3 10 2
Australia 28 26 2 1 1
North Macedonia 23 12 11 8 1 2
Ireland 20 16 4 1 2 1
Cyprus 170 92 78 4 1 5 4 6 6 6 3 6 3 6 4 4 4 12 1 2 1
Norway 115 38 77 6 6 6 12 3 2 1 2 6 4 3 10 2 6 4 1 3
Croatia 110 57 53 12 2 5 12 7 2 1 3 2 7
Belgium 117 70 47 10 4 3 5 2 2 1 1 5 3 4 7
Israel 192 99 93 2 4 6 4 1 5 10 5 4 4 10 12 7 5 5 3 6
Romania 85 58 27 3 5 1 5 3 10
Azerbaijan 138 47 91 3 3 10 1 1 7 4 6 8 5 7 7 10 8 2 5 4
Ukraine 267 103 164 12 10 12 7 12 5 8 6 7 12 10 8 12 7 4 10 12 10
Malta 325 174 151 7 5 8 8 10 10 10 8 8 7 12 10 8 6 8 8 6 12

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8  Malta  Australia,  Croatia,  Cyprus,  Ireland,  Norway,  Romania,  Russia,  Sweden
3  Russia  Azerbaijan,  Belgium,  Netherlands
2  Israel  Italy,  North Macedonia
1  Australia  Ukraine
 Cyprus  Slovenia
 Lithuania  Israel
 Romania  Malta
 Sweden  Germany
 Ukraine  Lithuania
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6  Ukraine  Australia,  Croatia,  Italy,  Lithuania,  Romania,  Russia
5  Lithuania  Cyprus,  Germany,  Ireland,  Norway,  Ukraine
2  Croatia  North Macedonia,  Slovenia
 Malta  Belgium,  Netherlands
1  Cyprus  Malta
 Israel  Azerbaijan
 Norway  Sweden
 Russia  Israel

Semi-final 2[edit]

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 2
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Switzerland 291  Switzerland 156  Finland 150
2  Iceland 288  Bulgaria 149  Iceland 148
3  Bulgaria 250  Iceland 140  Switzerland 135
4  Portugal 239  Portugal 128  Moldova 123
5  Finland 234  Greece 104  Portugal 111
6  Greece 184  Finland 84  Bulgaria 101
7  Moldova 179  San Marino 76  Denmark 80
8  Serbia 124  Albania 74  Greece 80
9  San Marino 118  Serbia 56  Serbia 68
10  Albania 112  Moldova 56  San Marino 42
11  Denmark 89  Austria 53  Albania 38
12  Austria 66  Estonia 29  Estonia 29
13  Estonia 58  Czech Republic 23  Poland 17
14  Poland 35  Poland 18  Georgia 15
15  Czech Republic 23  Denmark 9  Austria 13
16  Georgia 16  Latvia 4  Latvia 10
17  Latvia 14  Georgia 1  Czech Republic 0
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 2[109]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
San Marino
Estonia
Czech Republic
Greece
Austria
Poland
Moldova
Iceland
Serbia
Georgia
Albania
Portugal
Bulgaria
Finland
Latvia
Switzerland
Denmark
France
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
San Marino 118 76 42 1 2 10 1 10 10 3 2 1 8 2 2 2 2 5 8 3 4
Estonia 58 29 29 1 4 3 1 3 1 7 3 3 1 2
Czech Republic 23 23 0 4 1 6 5 5 2
Greece 184 104 80 10 3 5 12 8 7 8 10 3 10 6 1 2 12 7
Austria 66 53 13 4 4 3 5 7 2 6 5 1 7 3 6
Poland 35 18 17 12 2 3 1
Moldova 179 56 123 8 12 2 7 4 3 12 4 1 3
Iceland 288 140 148 1 8 10 7 10 3 6 12 7 4 10 8 12 8 8 6 8 12
Serbia 124 56 68 4 5 4 3 6 2 2 5 4 3 4 5 4 5
Georgia 16 1 15 1
Albania 112 74 38 7 2 1 6 3 6 5 5 8 4 4 5 5 10 2 1
Portugal 239 128 111 2 6 12 5 7 1 2 8 7 10 1 8 7 8 10 4 10 10 10
Bulgaria 250 149 101 5 10 7 8 8 5 12 10 10 8 2 12 12 6 12 6 4 5 7
Finland 234 84 150 3 7 6 5 2 6 6 4 6 6 7 6 7 7 6
Latvia 14 4 10 4
Switzerland 291 156 135 6 12 8 12 8 7 12 5 12 12 7 10 10 12 3 12 8
Denmark 89 9 80 3 4 1 1
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 2[109]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
San Marino
Estonia
Czech Republic
Greece
Austria
Poland
Moldova
Iceland
Serbia
Georgia
Albania
Portugal
Bulgaria
Finland
Latvia
Switzerland
Denmark
France
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
San Marino 118 76 42 4 2 2 3 3 12 7 1 2 4 2
Estonia 58 29 29 1 3 1 7 10 1 6
Czech Republic 23 23 0
Greece 184 104 80 5 2 12 5 8 10 10 10 8 2 1 2 3 1 1
Austria 66 53 13 2 3 4 4
Poland 35 18 17 1 7 1 1 7
Moldova 179 56 123 12 12 12 12 6 7 6 12 12 5 12 12 3
Iceland 288 140 148 8 7 10 5 10 10 6 7 7 1 7 6 12 7 7 12 6 8 12
Serbia 124 56 68 7 5 4 12 1 1 1 4 2 10 12 7 2
Georgia 16 1 15 3 3 3 2 3 1
Albania 112 74 38 2 10 2 2 1 2 1 4 3 8 3
Portugal 239 128 111 3 5 4 3 7 5 4 8 4 6 5 6 5 10 8 10 12 6
Bulgaria 250 149 101 4 2 6 6 4 4 5 4 6 8 8 5 4 2 3 5 5 10 10
Finland 234 84 150 10 10 8 8 5 12 8 10 10 6 5 6 12 8 6 10 2 6 8
Latvia 14 4 10 1 5 4
Switzerland 291 156 135 6 6 7 7 8 8 10 7 5 3 12 8 7 10 6 7 8 7 3
Denmark 89 9 80 1 8 3 1 3 6 12 2 4 2 4 3 8 4 5 4 5 5

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7  Switzerland  Albania,  Austria,  Denmark,  Estonia,  Georgia,  Iceland,  Spain
4  Bulgaria  Finland,  Moldova,  Portugal,  Switzerland
3  Iceland  Latvia,  Serbia,  United Kingdom
2  Greece  France,  Poland
 Moldova  Bulgaria,  Greece
1  Poland  San Marino
 Portugal  Czech Republic
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8  Moldova  Czech Republic,  Estonia,  France,  Latvia,  Greece,  Portugal,  San Marino,  Serbia
3  Iceland  Denmark,  Finland,  United Kingdom
2  Finland  Bulgaria,  Poland
 Serbia  Austria,  Switzerland
1  Denmark  Iceland
 Greece  Moldova
 Portugal  Spain
 San Marino  Georgia
 Switzerland  Albania

Final[edit]

  Winner
Split results of the final
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Italy 524  Switzerland 267  Italy 318
2  France 499  France 248  Ukraine 267
3  Switzerland 432  Malta 208  France 251
4  Iceland 378  Italy 206  Finland 218
5  Ukraine 364  Iceland 198  Iceland 180
6  Finland 301  Bulgaria 140  Switzerland 165
7  Malta 255  Portugal 126  Lithuania 165
8  Lithuania 220  Russia 104  Russia 100
9  Russia 204  Ukraine 97  Serbia 82
10  Greece 170[s]  Greece 91  Greece 79
11  Bulgaria 170[s]  Finland 83  Sweden 63
12  Portugal 153  Israel 73  Moldova 62
13  Moldova 115  Belgium 71  Norway 60
14  Sweden 109  Lithuania 55  Malta 47
15  Serbia 102  Moldova 53  Cyprus 44
16  Cyprus 94  Cyprus 50  Albania 35
17  Israel 93  Sweden 46  Azerbaijan 33
18  Norway 75  San Marino 37  Bulgaria 30
19  Belgium 74  Azerbaijan 32  Portugal 27
20  Azerbaijan 65  Albania 22  Israel 20
21  Albania 57  Serbia 20  San Marino 13
22  San Marino 50  Norway 15  Belgium 3
23  Netherlands 11  Netherlands 11  United Kingdom 0[t]
24  Spain 6  Spain 6  Spain 0[t]
25  Germany 3  Germany 3  Germany 0[t]
26  United Kingdom 0  United Kingdom 0  Netherlands 0[t]
Detailed jury voting results of the final [110]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Israel
Poland
San Marino
Albania
Malta
Estonia
North Macedonia
Azerbaijan
Norway
Spain
Austria
United Kingdom
Italy
Slovenia
Greece
Latvia
Ireland
Moldova
Serbia
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Belgium
Germany
Australia
Finland
Portugal
Ukraine
Iceland
Romania
Croatia
Czech Republic
Georgia
Lithuania
Denmark
Russia
France
Sweden
Switzerland
Netherlands
Contestants
Cyprus 94 50 44 3 7 4 2 6 12 1 7 4 2 2
Albania 57 22 35 2 12 7 1
Israel 93 73 20 6 8 8 3 6 4 1 2 3 7 5 1 1 5 5 4 4
Belgium 74 71 3 6 3 3 1 5 6 3 3 4 5 6 3 7 3 6 1 6
Russia 204 104 100 7 1 1 12 8 2 1 10 6 7 2 1 4 10 2 4 2 10 3 3 8
Malta 255 208 47 5 4 7 8 1 5 7 12 8 4 7 5 6 2 10 7 5 10 5 8 12 1 4 5 1 12 3 7 1 3 4 4 12 6 7
Portugal 153 126 27 8 7 5 2 5 7 7 6 2 5 6 1 1 2 10 10 1 12 8 6 8 7
Serbia 102 20 82 1 12 7
United Kingdom 0 0 0
Greece 170 91 79 8 6 6 10 1 1 3 8 3 8 12 2 4 7 12
Switzerland 432 267 165 12 7 4 12 10 12 6 7 10 10 8 7 12 5 3 1 2 12 10 10 12 7 8 12 7 8 5 10 8 12 1 7 5 5
Iceland 378 198 180 10 8 4 2 7 12 10 8 10 10 8 5 7 3 3 8 8 8 4 10 8 6 4 10 3 7 5 10
Spain 6 6 0 2 4
Moldova 115 53 62 5 8 10 12 6 12
Germany 3 3 0 2 1
Finland 301 83 218 2 1 3 2 7 1 4 10 4 4 10 1 3 8 5 8 1 8 1
Bulgaria 170 140 30 1 3 6 1 6 4 5 5 8 5 1 12 6 5 6 2 10 12 8 2 4 4 2 6 6 10
Lithuania 220 55 165 10 6 2 2 12 6 4 1 3 2 3 4
Ukraine 364 97 267 4 5 4 6 3 1 1 7 6 10 5 5 2 3 5 7 12 8 3
France 499 248 251 8 12 10 3 10 7 4 4 12 8 12 3 2 5 3 12 4 12 7 7 12 7 7 6 10 6 4 6 10 5 6 12 12
Azerbaijan 65 32 33 2 2 2 6 3 5 8 2 2
Norway 75 15 60 2 7 1 3 2
Netherlands 11 11 0 3 2 3 1 2
Italy 524 206 318 5 10 4 3 10 5 6 12 4 8 8 10 8 2 6 6 6 3 12 7 3 12 6 12 10 10 10 8
Sweden 109 46 63 8 3 5 10 4 4 4 5 2 1
San Marino 50 37 13 12 5 1 3 7 5 4
Detailed televoting results of the final[110]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Israel
Poland
San Marino
Albania
Malta
Estonia
North Macedonia
Azerbaijan
Norway
Spain
Austria
United Kingdom
Italy
Slovenia
Greece
Latvia
Ireland
Moldova
Serbia
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Belgium
Germany
Australia
Finland
Portugal
Ukraine
Iceland
Romania
Croatia
Czech Republic
Georgia
Lithuania
Denmark
Russia
France
Sweden
Switzerland
Netherlands
Contestants
Cyprus 94 50 44 8 2 2 6 12 2 12
Albania 57 22 35 10 10 7 1 7
Israel 93 73 20 12 2 1 5
Belgium 74 71 3 1 2
Russia 204 104 100 10 2 1 6 1 6 7 1 1 10 12 6 7 3 5 1 1 4 3 5 4 4
Malta 255 208 47 5 3 3 2 6 3 4 1 2 8 3 2 2 2 1
Portugal 153 126 27 1 2 2 8 8 6
Serbia 102 20 82 4 12 12 4 12 5 3 2 12 3 1 12
United Kingdom 0 0 0
Greece 170 91 79 7 8 8 7 3 2 12 2 8 12 10
Switzerland 432 267 165 6 7 3 12 2 7 4 2 7 5 1 5 4 4 3 4 1 3 4 2 5 7 6 7 6 5 5 3 6 6 5 6 5 7
Iceland 378 198 180 1 8 5 3 10 5 10 10 6 3 5 10 5 5 6 12 12 3 6 4 7 1 3 12 1 4 10 5 8
Spain 6 6 0
Moldova 115 53 62 6 7 1 2 2 8 12 12 2 3 7
Germany 3 3 0
Finland 301 83 218 4 6 4 3 7 12 2 5 6 2 4 7 8 4 6 8 5 5 7 8 4 6 8 3 5 8 12 6 6 4 7 7 8 1 12 4 4
Bulgaria 170 140 30 2 5 8 8 7
Lithuania 220 55 165 3 4 6 10 12 4 3 12 5 12 12 2 5 7 12 6 5 10 4 3 1 10 4 2 7 1 3
Ukraine 364 97 267 12 12 5 4 1 5 4 8 5 6 7 4 12 7 5 6 8 10 8 6 6 10 4 10 10 10 8 7 8 10 6 12 1 7 12 4 2 5
France 499 248 251 8 5 10 6 3 7 5 2 4 12 6 5 1 6 8 3 7 6 10 10 8 12 10 4 6 12 5 7 8 7 2 5 8 3 6 6 6 12
Azerbaijan 65 32 33 2 3 1 2 1 4 4 3 4 2 3 4
Norway 75 15 60 3 10 4 7 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 1 5 8 8
Netherlands 11 11 0
Italy 524 206 318 7 10 12 10 12 8 8 10 7 10 8 3 10 10 7 6 8 12 12 10 8 7 7 8 7 12 5 10 10 6 8 10 5 10 10 3 10 2
Sweden 109 46 63 1 1 8 1 8 1 1 3 1 3 3 4 2 10 1 10 2 3
San Marino 50 37 13 3 3 7

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8  France  Germany,  Ireland,  Netherlands,  San Marino,  Serbia,  Spain,  Switzerland,  United Kingdom
 Switzerland  Albania,  Belgium,  Denmark,  Estonia,  Finland,  Iceland,  Israel,  Latvia
4  Italy  Croatia,  Georgia,  Slovenia,  Ukraine
 Malta  Australia,  Norway,  Romania,  Sweden
2  Bulgaria  Moldova,  Portugal
 Greece  Cyprus,  France
 Moldova  Bulgaria,  Russia
1  Albania  Malta
 Cyprus  Greece
 Iceland  Austria
 Lithuania  Italy
 Portugal  Czech Republic
 Russia  Azerbaijan
 San Marino  Poland
 Serbia  North Macedonia
 Ukraine  Lithuania
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5  Italy  Bulgaria,  Malta,  San Marino,  Serbia,  Ukraine
 Lithuania  Germany,  Ireland,  Latvia,  Norway,  United Kingdom
 Serbia  Austria,  Croatia,  North Macedonia,  Slovenia,  Switzerland
 Ukraine  France,  Israel,  Italy,  Lithuania,  Poland
4  France  Belgium,  Netherlands,  Portugal,  Spain
3  Finland  Estonia,  Iceland,  Sweden
 Iceland  Australia,  Denmark,  Finland
2  Cyprus  Greece,  Russia
 Greece  Cyprus,  Georgia
 Moldova  Czech Republic,  Romania
1  Israel  Azerbaijan
 Russia  Moldova
 Switzerland  Albania

Other countries[edit]

Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issued an invitation to participate in the contest to all active members. Associate member Australia did not need an invitation for the 2021 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023.[111]

Active EBU members[edit]

  •  Andorra – In November 2019, Democrats for Andorra, the ruling party of Andorra, stated that the country would eventually return to the contest, with a cost assessment as a prerequisite.[112] Susanne Georgi, the 2009 Andorran representative, stated in May 2020 that she had secured the funding required for the country to return.[113] Later that year, on 1 August 2020, Georgi explained on Eurovision fan website Wiwibloggs' podcast that she had held a meeting with Prime Minister of Andorra Xavier Espot Zamora, in which they verbally agreed to make a return in 2022 (as they did not want to participate under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic).[114]
  •  Armenia – Having intended to compete in 2020, Armenia were initially confirmed for the 2021 contest when the list of participants was announced by the EBU in October 2020, and were set to perform in the second half of the second semi-final.[17][85] However, on 5 March 2021, the Public Television Company of Armenia (AMPTV) confirmed that they were subsequently unable to participate due to social and political crises in the country in the aftermath of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War.[18]
  •  Belarus – Having intended to compete in 2020, Belarus were initially confirmed for the 2021 contest when the list of participants was announced by the EBU in October 2020, and were set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final. However, on 26 March 2021, Belarus was disqualified by the EBU after their intended entry "Ya nauchu tebya (I'll Teach You)" by Galasy ZMesta was rejected due to violating the rules, and not being able to submit an eligible replacement entry.[19] Six days after the Eurovision final, the EBU voted to suspend Belarusian broadcaster BTRC's membership due to concerns about the content that it was broadcasting. BTRC was given two weeks to respond before the suspension comes into effect on 11 June, but there was no public response.[115] The broadcaster was expelled from the EBU on 1 July, rendering future participations impossible until at least 2025.[116]
  •  Morocco – In response to rumours that the EBU had been in discussions with Morocco regarding participation, Karim Sbai, the Director of Communications of Morocco's Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision, stated in February 2020 that Morocco's possible return had not yet been discussed.[117] Ultimately, Morocco was not included on the final list of participants for 2021.[17]
  •  Turkey – In May 2020, Faruk Kaymakcı, Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, stated that he hoped to see Turkey returning.[118] However, Turkey was not included on the final list of participants for 2021.[17] Turkey last took part in 2012.

Active EBU member broadcasters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Monaco and Slovakia also confirmed non-participation prior to the announcement of the participants list by the EBU.[119][120]

Associate EBU members[edit]

  •  Kazakhstan – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kazakhstan for this year.[121]

Non-EBU members[edit]

  •  Kosovo – In August 2020, the EBU stated that they had no intention to invite Kosovo for this year.[121]
  •  Liechtenstein – In July 2020, Liechtensteiner broadcaster 1 FL TV announced that they had ruled out debuting in 2021. The broadcaster had attempted to become an EBU member in the past but halted its plans when its director, Peter Kölbel, unexpectedly died. It would also need the backing of the Liechtenstein government to be able to carry the cost of becoming an EBU member and paying the participation fee for the contest.[122]

Broadcasts[edit]

All participating broadcasters may choose to have on-site or remote commentators providing an insight about the show and voting information to their local audience. While they must broadcast at least the semi-final they are voting in and the final, most broadcasters air all three shows with different programming plans. Similarly, some non-participating broadcasters may still want to air the contest.

The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams of both semi-finals and the final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary. The live streams were geo-blocked to viewers in Australia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, United States and the United Kingdom. After the live broadcasts, all three shows were made available for every country listed above except the United States.[123][124][125][126]

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Albania All shows RTSH, RTSH Muzikë, Radio Tirana Andri Xhahu [127][128][129]
 Australia All shows[u] SBS Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey [130][131]
 Austria All shows ORF 1 Andi Knoll [132]
 Azerbaijan All shows İTV Murad Arif and Husniyya Maharramova [133]
 Belgium All shows één Peter Van de Veire [134][135]
Ketnet Dutch audio description
Final Radio 2 Anja Daems and Showbizz Bart [nl]
All shows La Une,[v] RTBF Auvio Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr] and Fanny Jandrain [fr][w] [136][137]
SF1/Final VivaCité[x]
 Bulgaria All shows BNT 1, BNT 4 Elena Rosberg and Petko Kralev [138][139][140]
 Croatia All shows HRT 1 Duško Ćurlić [141][142]
Final HR 2 Unknown [143]
 Cyprus All shows RIK 1, RIK HD, RIK Sat Louis Patsalides [144]
 Czech Republic Semi-finals ČT2 Jan Maxián [cs] and Albert Černý [145][146]
Final ČT1
 Denmark All shows DR1 Henrik Milling [da] and Nicolai Molbech [147]
 Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop [148]
ETV+ Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda [149]
ERR Sign language: Various interpreters [150]
 Finland All shows Yle TV1
[151][152]
Yle Radio Suomi Sanna Pirkkalainen and Toni Laaksonen [fi]
Yle X3M Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
 France Semi-finals Culturebox Laurence Boccolini [153][154]
Final France 2 Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini
 Georgia All shows 1TV Nika Lobiladze [155][156]
 Germany All shows One Peter Urban [157][158]
Final Das Erste, Deutsche Welle
 Greece All shows ERT1 Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis [159]
Deftero Programma, Voice of Greece Dimitris Meidanis [160]
Final Giorgos Katsaros [161]
 Iceland All shows RÚV Gísli Marteinn Baldursson [162]
RÚV 2 Sign language: Elsa G. Björnsdóttir [163][164][165]
SF2/Final Rás 2 Unknown [166][167][168]
All shows RUV.is Alex Elliott [169]
 Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ2 Marty Whelan [170][171]
Final RTÉ One
SF1 RTÉ Radio 1 Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski [172][173]
Final RTÉ 2fm
 Israel All shows Kan 11, Kan Educational[y], Kan Tarbut [he] Asaf Liberman [he] and Akiva Novick [he] [174][175][non-primary source needed]
 Italy Semi-finals Rai 4, Rai Radio 2 Ema Stokholma [it] and Saverio Raimondo [it] [176][177][178]
Final Rai 1 Gabriele Corsi [it] and Cristiano Malgioglio
Rai Radio 2 Ema Stokholma and Gino Castaldo [it]
 Latvia Semi-finals LTV1 Toms Grēviņš [lv] [179][180][181]
Final Toms Grēviņš and Marie N
 Lithuania All shows LRT televizija, LRT Radijas Ramūnas Zilnys [lt] [182][183]
 Malta All shows TVM No commentary [184]
 Moldova All shows Moldova 1, Radio Moldova Doina Stimpovschi [185]
 Netherlands All shows NPO 1, BVN Cornald Maas and Sander Lantinga [186][187]
NPO 1 Extra Sign language: Various interpreters [188]
NPO Zappelin Extra Dutch audio description
Final NPO Radio 2 Wouter van der Goes and Frank van 't Hof [nl] [189]
 North Macedonia All shows MRT 1, MRT 2 Eli Tanaskovska [190][191]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Marte Stokstad [no] [192][193]
Final NRK3 Martin Lepperød [no] and Adelina Ibishi [no] [194]
NRK P1 Ole-Christian Øen [195]
 Poland All shows TVP1, TVP Polonia Marek Sierocki [pl] and Aleksander Sikora [pl] [196][197][198]
 Portugal All shows[z] RTP1, RTP Internacional, RTP África José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim [201]
 Romania All shows TVR 1, TVRi Bogdan Stănescu [202][203]
 Russia All shows Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuri Aksyuta [ru] [204][205]
 San Marino All shows San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [206]
 Serbia All shows RTS 1, RTS Planeta, RTS Svet Duška Vučinić [207][208][209]
Final Radio Belgrade 1 Katarina Epštajn and Nikoleta Dojčinović [210]
 Slovenia Semi-finals TV SLO 2 Mojca Mavec [sl] [211][212][213][214][215]
Final TV SLO 1
All shows RTV 4D, Radio Val 202 Miha Šalehar [sl], Neja Jerant and Uršula Zaletelj
 Spain Semi-finals La 2 Tony Aguilar, Julia Varela and Víctor Escudero [216]
Final La 1, TVE Internacional
Radio Nacional, Radio Exterior, Radio 5 Imanol Durán [217][218]
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Edward af Sillén and Christer Björkman [219]
SR P4 Carolina Norén [220]
 Switzerland Semi-finals SRF zwei Sven Epiney [221]
Final SRF 1
Semi-finals RTS 2 Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner [222]
Final RTS 1 Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner and Joseph Gorgoni [fr]
SF2 RSI La 2 Clarissa Tami [it] [223][224]
Final RSI La 1 Clarissa Tami and Sebalter
 Ukraine All shows UA:First Timur Miroshnychenko [225]
STB Serhiy Prytula [226]
Final UA:Ukrainian Radio Olena Zelinchenko [227][228]
UA:Radio Promin [uk] Anna Zakletska and Dmytro Zakharchenko [229]
 United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Four Scott Mills, Sara Cox[aa] and Chelcee Grimes [231][232]
Final BBC One Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country/Territory Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Canada All shows Omni Television No commentary [233]
 Kazakhstan All shows Khabar TV Kaldybek Zhajsanbaj and Mahabbat Esen [234][235]
 Kosovo All shows RTK Unknown [236]
 Slovakia Final Rádio FM Daniel Baláž [sk], Lucia Haverlík, Pavol Hubinák and Juraj Malíček [sk] [237][238]
 Suriname Final ATV Unknown [239]
 United States All shows Peacock No commentary [ab]
Final WJFD-FM Ewan Spence and Ross Middleton [246]

Viewing figures[edit]

Estimated viewership by country (in millions)
Country Viewership Ref(s)
 Australia 0.28 [247]
 Austria 0.59 [248]
 Belgium 1.44 (één) [249][250]
0.45 (La Une)
 Bulgaria 0.30 [250]
 Cyprus 0.17 [251]
 Czech Republic 0.16 [250]
 Denmark 0.53 [252]
 Estonia 0.15 [253]
 Finland 1.46 [254]
 France 5.5 [255]
 Germany 6.54 (Das Erste) [250][256]
1.2 (One)
 Greece 2.04 [257]
 Iceland 0.14 [250]
 Ireland 0.36 [250]
 Italy 4.51 [258][250]
 Latvia 0.11 [250]
 Lithuania 1 [259]
 Netherlands 5.57 [260]
 Norway 1.48 [261]
 Poland 1.40 (TVP 1) [250][262]
0.07 (TVP Polonia)
 Portugal 1.20 [263]
 Romania 0.18 [264]
 Russia 3.47 [250]
 Serbia 2.5 [265][266]
 Spain 4.07 [267]
 Sweden 2.9 [268]
 Switzerland 0.47 (SRF 1) [250]
0.02 (RSI La 1)
 Ukraine 1.83[ac] (UA:First) [269]
 United Kingdom 7.7 (BBC One, Final) [270][271][272]
0.73 (BBC Four, SF1)
0.75 (BBC Four, SF2)
Total 183 [1]

Incidents[edit]

Disqualification of Belarus[edit]

Two days after "Ya nauchu tebya (I'll Teach You)" was announced as the Belarusian entry for the contest, the EBU ruled that the song did not comply with the contest's rules against political entries, and that the song was not eligible to compete in the contest unless it was modified or replaced.[273] After failing to meet an extended deadline for submitting an eligible entry, with their second submission "Pesnya pro zaytsa (Song About Hares)" also being found to not comply with the rules, it was announced on 26 March 2021 that Belarus was disqualified from the contest.[19]

Ukrainian rehearsal stand-in[edit]

Before Ukraine's second rehearsal on 12 May, lead singer of the band Go_A, Kateryna Pavlenko, reported feeling unwell. In accordance with the contest's health and safety protocols, Pavlenko was required to quarantine in her hotel room. The other band members tested negative and were able to rehearse, with Dutch stand-in singer Emmie van Stijn providing vocals instead of Pavlenko.[274][275][276] Pavlenko took a COVID-19 PCR test, which came back negative the following day, allowing her to perform again.[277]

Van Stijn received positive reactions for her performance, in particular for her pronunciation of the Ukrainian lyrics, and was invited to sit with the Ukrainian delegation in the green room during the first semi-final.[278]

COVID-19 infections[edit]

A COVID-19 testing zone was set up outside Rotterdam Ahoy during the Eurovision event weeks.

Ahead of the "Turquoise Carpet" event, one member of each of the Polish and Icelandic delegations tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, those delegations were absent from the event, having gone into self-isolation in accordance with the contest's health and safety protocols.[279][280] The Romanian and Maltese delegations were also absent from the event on a precautionary measure, as they were based in the same hotel as the Polish and Icelandic delegations.[281]

All other members of the Polish and Icelandic delegations tested negative, and remained in quarantine until the jury show of the second semi-final.[282][283] However, it was later confirmed that a member of the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið had tested positive, and as a result, the group withdrew from performing in the live shows. Footage from their rehearsal at Rotterdam Ahoy was broadcast instead during both the jury show and the live show of the second semi-final; this footage was also shown in the final.[97][98] The remaining members of the Polish delegation were subsequently released from isolation.[284]

On 20 May, the EBU confirmed that Duncan Laurence had tested positive and would not perform live in the final.[285] He was due to perform his winning song "Arcade" and his new single "Stars" during the interval, and present the points on behalf of the Dutch jury; the latter role was filled by Romy Monteiro.[106][286] Pre-recorded rehearsal footage of Laurence's interval performance was broadcast instead during the final. Due to the positive test result, Laurence was also not present to hand over the trophy to the winner; the presenters handed over the trophy instead.[105][101]

The day after the final, a member of the Norwegian delegation tested positive and was forced to remain in Rotterdam for isolation. It was later confirmed that six additional members of the delegation had tested positive after returning to Norway.[287]

Technical issues[edit]

Jury show issues[edit]

During the jury show of the first semi-final, the Romanian, Ukrainian and Maltese delegations reported problems with their performances; most notably, Roxen was heard to be off-beat with the chorus of their song "Amnesia". The EBU later confirmed that in-ear monitoring issues had occurred and that all artists involved would be given a second chance to perform.[288] No issues occurred during the second performances.

During San Marino's jury final performance, the rotating platform did not stop when it was supposed to, leading Senhit to have to jump from it while in motion. The Sammarinese delegation later filed a complaint, also claiming that all the camera shots were distorted due to these timing issues. The delegation offered to allow Senhit and Flo Rida to withdraw from the event, though they ultimately decided to stay. The contest's executive supervisor, Martin Österdahl, apologised to the delegation and reaffirmed that the issue would be addressed moving forward and that they would be protected to the highest degree.[289]

Camera breaking prior to Ireland's performance[edit]

During the setup for Ireland's performance in the first semi-final, a camera broke, which caused an extended delay after the postcard was shown. Co-presenter Chantal Janzen improvised in the green room during the live broadcast to fill in the time.[290]

False allegation of drug use[edit]

During a green room segment in the final, Damiano David, lead singer of the Italian band Måneskin, was claimed by some online viewers on social media to be seen snorting a line of cocaine when leaned over a table, although there were no drugs in the footage and the singer was sitting away from the table, close to the Italian delegation members.[291][292][293] In the band's press conference following their victory, Torbjörn Ek, a journalist working at the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, asked about the allegations, which David denied by suggesting that fellow member Thomas Raggi had broken a glass which David was picking up off the floor, going on to say "I don't use drugs, please guys, do not say that."[294][295] The band later released a statement on their official Instagram account, stating: "We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiano doing drugs. We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get tested, cause we got nothing to hide."[296] The EBU released a statement the following day, stating that the band, their management and the Italian head of delegation had denied any allegation, and the singer in question, Damiano, requested to be tested the same night, but as testing could not be immediately organized, he would "take a voluntary drug test after arriving home". It was also confirmed that "broken glass was found after an on site check".[297] The allegations were mostly covered by the French press and briefly commented on by the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian,[298] but the French participating broadcaster France Télévisions announced that it won't file any official charges, while in the Italian press, it was described as a social media joke that had gone too far and become fake news.[299][300]

On 24 May, the EBU released a statement confirming that no drug use took place in the green room during the final, following a negative drug test and inspection of all available footage. The EBU also expressed concern over "inaccurate speculation leading to fake news [that] has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band."[301]

Dutch televoting issues[edit]

The EBU confirmed on 24 May that they had issues handling the Dutch televote in the final. Numerous Dutch viewers complained on social media about their votes not being counted and had only received their confirmation texts hours after the show. The EBU later confirmed to NOS that those votes were not counted due to a problem with the Dutch branch of the telecom provider T-Mobile, while clarifying that they had no authority over the issue. The Dutch televoting results, therefore, remained valid.[302][303][304]

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The OGAE, "General Organisation of Eurovision Fans" voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and winner of the 1984 contest Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final.[305] The awards are divided into three categories: the Artistic Award, the Composers Award, and the Press Award.[306] The winners were revealed shortly before the Eurovision final on 22 May.[307]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Songwriter(s)
Artistic Award  France "Voilà" Barbara Pravi
Press Award
Composers Award  Switzerland "Tout l'univers" Gjon's Tears

OGAE[edit]

OGAE, an organisation of over forty Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, conducts an annual voting poll first held in 2002 as the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award. After all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry in the 2021 poll was Malta's "Je me casse" performed by Destiny; the top five results are shown below.[308][309][310]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result
 Malta Destiny "Je me casse" 363
 Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Tout l'univers" 358
 France Barbara Pravi "Voilà" 318
 Lithuania The Roop "Discoteque" 301
 Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou "El Diablo" 238

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

The Barbara Dex Award, created in 1997 by fansite House of Eurovision and organised by fansite Songfestival.be since 2017, was awarded to the performer voted to have worn the most notable outfit. The top-ranked entry this year was Norway's representative Tix, who was the last person to ever receive the award, due to its cancellation the following year.[311]

Place Country Performer(s)
1  Norway Tix
2  Romania Roxen
3  Croatia Albina
4  United Kingdom James Newman
5  Israel Eden Alene

Eurovision Awards[edit]

The Eurovision Awards, first held in 2021, saw competing acts celebrated across ten categories. Shortlists were determined by major Eurovision fansites and podcasts, with editors and presenters nominating their favourites in each category; the final result was determined by followers of the official Eurovision Instagram channel who cast votes for their favourite act.[312]

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡). Runners-up are indicated with a single dagger (†).

Most Innovative Staging Best Vocals
Most Iconic Prop Best Non-Qualifier
Best Spokesperson Best Dressed
The MoroccanOil Award for Best Hairstyle Best Choreography
Best Official Video Moment of the Year

Eurovision Song Celebration: Live-On-Tape[edit]

The EBU announced on 29 March 2021 that the Eurovision Song Celebration would return for a second edition, premiering on the contest's official YouTube channel. Krista Siegfrids presented the show, which was aired in two parts on 28 and 29 May, and provided a showcase for the 'live-on-tape' back-up performances along with additional bonus material.[73][313]

The first part of the show featured the back-up performances of the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the final (excluding Ireland), while the second part featured the back-up performances of the finalists (excluding the United Kingdom).[314]

As with the previous year's Song Celebration, fans were asked to contribute to the show by sending video clips of their favourite entries.[315]

Official album[edit]

Cover art of the official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by Universal Music Group digitally on 16 April 2021 and physically on 23 April 2021.[316][317] The album features all 39 entries including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the final.

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021
Chart (2021) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[318] 23
Austrian Compilation Albums (Ö3 Austria)[319] 2
Dutch Compilation Albums (Compilation Top 30)[320] 1
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[321] 2
Greek Albums (IFPI)[322] 5
Irish Compilation Albums (IRMA)[323] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[324] 54
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[325] 3

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The United Kingdom was the only country to finish the competition with 0 points. Despite scoring points from the professional juries, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands all failed to score points from the public televote.
  2. ^ No country has always participated in the final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004. Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, did not participate in 2015 and 2019. Additionally, the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. ^ Contains one repeated chant in Azerbaijani
  4. ^ Contains repeated words in Spanish
  5. ^ Contains one sentence in Czech
  6. ^ Contains two spoken sentences in German
  7. ^ Contains several phrases in Hebrew
  8. ^ Contains one repeated phrase in French
  9. ^ a b c Performance contains uncredited live vocals from Flo Rida.
  10. ^ Contains one repeated word in Italian
  11. ^ Contains one phrase in English and one repeated word in Spanish
  12. ^ Tornike Kipiani from Georgia opted not to participate in the series.[75]
  13. ^ Armenia withdrew fro