The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have reached an agreement to stage the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam at the Ahoy Arena.
The Host City for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest was announced during Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which was broadcast by EBU Members and Associates in over 40 countries in place of this year’s Grand Final on 16 May.
Following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the EBU, NPO, NOS, AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam entered constructive discussions on the possibilities of staging the 65th edition of the world’s largest live music event in Rotterdam.
Developments surrounding COVID-19 will clearly affect planning in the coming year for a complicated global broadcast with many international stakeholders. In this ever-changing and challenging environment, the EBU will, therefore, work with its Dutch Members and the City of Rotterdam to ensure the continuity of the event in a number of different scenarios.
To date, 18 of the artists planned for 2020 have confirmed that they will represent their country again in 2021. More details about the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, including dates for the event, will be released in the coming weeks and months.
The 2-hour special, Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, was broadcast live to televisions around the world, from Studio 21 in Hilversum, the media capital of the Netherlands.
Produced in its entirety in just under 7 weeks, all while maintaining social distancing guidelines, the show proved to be a true testament to the love and resilience in the Eurovision Song Contest.