Rotterdam 2021

The Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final Line-Up to be used for 2021

More information has been revealed about the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Today, the EBU has confirmed that the line-up for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, will be carried over to the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

How are the countries allocated?

The countries have been allocated to the two semi-finals as follows:

Semi-Final 1

First half

  • North Macedonia
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Russia

Second half

  • Norway
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Malta
  • Israel
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • Belgium

Semi-Final 2

First half

  • Austria
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Iceland
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Estonia

Second half

  • Denmark
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Armenia
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Portugal
  • Albania

The Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain & United Kingdom) and Host Country (The Netherlands), will air and vote in the following Semi-Finals:

  • Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will vote in the first Semi-Final.
  • FranceSpain, and the United Kingdom will vote in the second Semi-Final.

Speaking to, Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl commented, saying that keeping the same line-up made sense for ticketholders and participating broadcasters:

Under normal circumstances, we would be looking forward to the Allocation Draw and Host Insignia Exchange Ceremony as an important milestone on the road to Rotterdam 2021.

With the same participating countries as last year, the Reference Group decided that it made sense for both ticket holders and for participating broadcasters to keep the same Semi-Final draws as 2020.

Even though we won’t have the traditional Ceremony in January we have plenty more planned to build excitement ahead of the return of the Eurovision Song Contest next year

Martin Österdahl on the Semi-Final line-up for 2021

The ESCXTRA team have previously discussed the Semi-Final line-up for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Now that the line-up will be the same, why not have a look at our thoughts below:

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