EUROVISION 2021 is the latest instalment in the singing contest’s esteemed history.
Will we see a new country reign supreme or will another add to their legacy by winning the prestigious event once again?
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BBCEurovision 2021 will take place on Saturday May 22, 2021[/caption]
Which countries are performing at Eurovision 2021?
So far sixteen countries have been confirmed for the Eurovision final.
The Big Five – France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK – plus the host nation, Netherlands, go automatically through to the final stages.
The rest of the nations are battling it out in the semi-finals.
The first semi was held on Tuesday, May 18 – and it saw Malta, Lithuania, Ukraine, Cyprus, Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Sweden and Russia secure places in the final.
The second semi follows on Thursday, May 20 with the best ten from each semi-final going through to the final.
United Kingdom – James Newman
ReutersJames Newman will represent the United Kingdom[/caption]
James Newman is a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling English singer-songwriter who will represent the UK at Eurovision 2021.
He is best known for writing No1 hits including Waiting All Night by Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre and Blame by Calvin Harris ft. John Newman.
Commenting on his upcoming performance, James said: “I’m so excited and honoured to be getting a second chance at representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest.
“I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m taking to Eurovision in 2021.”
James will be singing Embers.
France – Barbara Pravi
AFPBarbara Pravi is representing France[/caption]
Junior Eurovision 2020 songwriter Barbara Pravi will represent France in Rotterdam with her song Voilà.
The Eurovision France winner is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, the singer-songwriter took part in the recording of Debout les femmes.
Pravi was chosen after France decided not to give 2020 choice Tom Leeb another shot at Eurovision.
Germany – Jendrik
RexJendrik will perform his song I Don’t Feel Hate at Eurovision 2021[/caption]
Jendrik’s passion for music began after hogging his sister’s ukulele and began to write songs for his family.
He attended the Institute of Music at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences chose the four-stringed lute for his Bachelor of Arts thesis.
The German will perform his song I Don’t Feel Hate at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy – Måneskin
RexMåneskin formed a band in 2015 after they all met in middle school[/caption]
Måneskin is a critically acclaimed band featuring vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and Ethan on drums.
They formed in 2015 and have fused their musical influences from rock and rap, to reggae, funk and pop.
After winning Sanremo 2021, the quartet will head to Eurovision 2021 to perform Zitti e buoni.
Spain – Blas Cantó
SplashBlas Canto will get his chance to perform on the Eurovision stage in 2021[/caption]
This is not Blas’s first rodeo as he performed as part of the boyband Auryn in Destino Eurovision in 2011.
He was also due to perform the song Universo at the cancelled 2020 competition.
But now the Spaniard will get his chance as a solo act, which he said has been a “longtime dream of mine”.
He will perform the song Voy a quedarme.
The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
SplashJeangu will fly the flag for hosts The Netherlands[/caption]
Jeangu’s musical journey began when he received a guitar from his parents for his 13th birthday.
Originally from Suriname, the singer moved to the Netherlands at the age of 20.
He enrolled in music college where he began collaborating with producer Perquisite.
After he was internally selected to compete in the cancelled 2020 event, will perform the song “Birth of a New Age”.
Lithuania – The Roop
EPAThe Roop are a Lithuanian pop-rock band[/caption]
The Roop are a Lithuanian pop-rock band.
The group features singer Vaidotas Valiukevičius, drummer Robertas Baranauskas and guitarist Mantas Banišauskas.
The group have competed in the Lithuanian Eurovision national final three times: in 2018, 2020 and 2021.
They will be competing with their track Discotheque.
Russia – Manizha
EPATajikistan-born Manizha is an art-pop musician[/caption]
Tajikistan-born Manizha is an art-pop musician.
The multi-talented performer films, directs and edits her own videos.
On top of this, Manizha is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
She will be performing her track Russian Woman.
Sweden – Tusse
EPATusse is a Swedish singer with Congolese roots[/caption]
Tousin Michael Chiza, stage name Tusse, is a Swedish singer with Congolese roots.
He shot to fame after winning Swedish Idol in 2019.
Since then, he has released a string of singles including My Soul Is Calling You, A Better You, and a cover of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know.
He will be singing track Voices.
Cyprus – Elena Tsagrinou
APElena Tsagrinou is one of the biggest female popstars in Greece and Cyprus[/caption]
Elena Tsagrinou is one of the biggest female popstars in Greece and Cyprus.
She shot to fame in Greece Got Talent and was formerly lead singer of the Greek band OtherView, before launching her solo career in 2018.
Elena is also the presenter her own TV show, K-POP Stars.
She is competing with her song El diablo.
Norway – Tix
EPATix, real name Andreas Haukeland, is one of Norway’s most popular artists[/caption]
Tix, real name Andreas Haukeland, is one of Norway’s most popular artists.
His name comes from the fact that he grew up with Tourette’s syndrome and suffered from tics as a result of the condition.
He is known for co-writing the mega-hit by Ava Max, Sweet But Psycho.
He will be singing Fallen Angel at Rotterdam 2021.
Belgium – Hooverphonic
SplashBelgian band Hooverphonic have been going strong for 25 years[/caption]
Belgian band Hooverphonic have been going strong for 25 years.
The current members of the band are Alex Callier on bass guitar and keyboards, Raymond Geerts on lead guitar and Geike Arnaert with the lead vocals.
Their tracks Mad About You, Vinegar & Salt, Eden and Romantic are well-known in Belgium.
The band will be performing their song The Wrong Place.
Israel – Eden Alene
EPAEden won the Israel version of X Factor in 2018[/caption]
Eden won the Israel version of X Factor in 2018.
She then went on to win a national singing competition called Rising Star in 2020.
Eden was originally due to sing Feker Libi, a song featuring four languages – English, Hebrew, Amharic and Arabic, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Alene will sing pop track Set Me Free this year.
Azerbaijan – Efendi
AFPEfendi shot to notoriety after appearing on national TV talent shows[/caption]
Efendi shot to notoriety after appearing on TV talent shows such as ‘Yeni ulduz’, ‘Böyük Səhnə’ and ‘The Voice of Azerbaijan’.
She has attempted to be Azerbaijan’s Eurovision entry five times.
Efendi will be competing with her track Mata Hari.
Ukraine – Go_A
EPAGo_A is an electro-folk band from Ukraine[/caption]
Go_A is an electro-folk band from Ukraine.
They use their modern music to retell traditional Ukrainian stories.
They will be performing their track Shum.
Malta – Destiny
AlamyMaltese star Destiny Chukunyere is just 18 years old[/caption]
Maltese star Destiny Chukunyere is just 18 years old.
In 2015 she won the junior version of the contest, and she was a backing singer for Malta’s entry in 2019.
Destiny is also champion of the second season of X Factor Malta in 2019 and made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.
The young star will be performing French track Je Me Casse in Rotterdam.
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How can I watch Eurovision 2021?
The long-awaited 65th Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will take place on Saturday May 22, 2021.
It will broadcast live on BBC One from 8pm.
Fans will be able to catch up on iPlayer.