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This year's contest will run between Tuesday 18th May, and finish with the main event on Saturday 22nd May. Hosted in the Netherlands, at Rotterdam Ahoy, to some degree at least*, following on from the 2020 2019 tournament win by Duncan Laurence, with the power ballad Arcade.
Many countries have already chosen their artists at this point, with the ever-popular selection in Sweden, Melodifestivalen also approaching its climax in the next few weeks, with what looks to be another strong contender from Sweden whoever wins so far. There are 41 countries participating this year, Bulgaria & Ukraine return after missing 2019. With Montenegro and Hungary pulling out.
Confirmed countries who are going to return with their selected artist from last year are Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom & Ukraine. By chance or just popularity, Lithuania will select the same artist again, after they (The Roop) won the national selection 2 years running. Countries aren't permitted to simply enter the previous years song, however, so artists returning will be using new songs.
Eurovision Youtube Channel has, as usual, uploaded the songs chosen so far here; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 5i48KVfqju
* it seems likely that not all of the action will be presented from this location, with some artists doing pre-recorded video entries, and with a much reduced if any at all, audience.
How's everyone thinking for this years, after I'm sure we all missed last years no-show, I am so glad arrangements have been made so that we should get a good showing this year.
Personally, I am hoping Russia re-select Little Big as I love that Russian band, I think it may be a fair chance, given their song 'Uno' is still the most played video on the entire Eurovision youtube channel in just 11 month on the platform, with Netta - Toy & Lena - Satellite in 2nd & 3rd.
Once again I don't anticipate a Swedish win. Our arguably strongest song is by a new artist named Tusse, we'll see if he wins our Melodifestivalen.
As reported by BBC News, Eurovision organisers have learnt from organisations like F1 & tennis to work out the best way of handling the situation. It's yet to be decided if an audience should attend, but that they're hoping for 'the most normal Eurovision that we can'.
I fear that some of the 41 confirmed contestants may now choose to withdraw, rather than risk travelling to the Netherlands
The Serbian entry 'LOCO LOCO' is pretty lively which I enjoy, Israel's entry 'Set Me Free' is also pretty lively and easy to get into. However, my favourite so far is Ireland and Lesley Roy's song 'Maps'. Those are definitely my 'top 3' so far of the announced songs.
I am eager to see Iceland's entry '10 Years', with Daði og Gagnamagnið returning after their hit and tipped win in 2020. Releases in 7-8 days I think. Latvia also tends to have some decent stuff, I don't think I'll ever forget their 2008 entry "Wolves of the Sea", so I'll also be on the lookout for when they reveal their 2021 song in a few days time too. So my top 3 might entirely change yet...
It's, as always, written by Swedes. It's a good song.
Looks like they will not go.Redirect Left wrote: ↑27 Feb 2021 14:44Personally, I am hoping Russia re-select Little Big as I love that Russian band, I think it may be a fair chance, given their song 'Uno' is still the most played video on the entire Eurovision youtube channel in just 11 month on the platform, with Netta - Toy & Lena - Satellite in 2nd & 3rd.
Well, that is disappointing, but hopefully Russia has other bands that make fun songs that'll pop up on Eurovision.sevenfm wrote: ↑08 Mar 2021 17:40Looks like they will not go.Redirect Left wrote: ↑27 Feb 2021 14:44Personally, I am hoping Russia re-select Little Big as I love that Russian band, I think it may be a fair chance, given their song 'Uno' is still the most played video on the entire Eurovision youtube channel in just 11 month on the platform, with Netta - Toy & Lena - Satellite in 2nd & 3rd.
Unfortunately, no, they've chosen some Tajik-Russian woman with strange "Russian woman" song, it looks like if they are trying to match some European migrant loving trend or something, it's more about politics than music in my view.
Or maybe I'm too old to understand modern music. It looks and sounds like some weird kitsch to me.
Not a big fan personally of Little Big, but at least they had style.
Looking forward to seeing Iceland's entry, should be released tomorrow I believe.
I sincerely hope for an Icelandic victory but I'm concerned they won't be able to achieve what they did in 2020. Italy is sending some rock band with a Danish or Norwegian name, not their typical opera pop style. Not a huge fan of that one, but fans overall enjoy it.
My favourites are still Finland, Ukraine, and Lithuania. Cyprus was sweet though.
It's a pleasant bop, which is nice to see.
Honestly, at this point I think we'd need to make a song that cured cancer to whoever listened to it to even get in the top 5 of Eurovision
You know what? Nah, that wouldn't help.
Here's the favourite for tomorrow's Melodifestivalen:
It's ok, not a great song but it should do acceptably well.
We tried that in 2011, with the band 'Blue', who had been quite popular in varying parts of Europe, however the song 'I Can' was... meh at best. We did (somehow) come 5th that year though!
Definitely not one of the best Sweden would have put out in the last 10 years, but I agree, its 'ok' at least. Probably won't set Eurovision alight if it does win and get through to it, though.
Send Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison, and Julian Lennon. Boom.
As a Swede, I'll definitely endorse Euphoria.
In 2016 when Jamala won, my favourite was Jai Cherche from France.
In 2017 when Sobral won, I was rooting for Moldova (Hey momma) and Italy (Occidentalis Karma).
And this year, I'm quite a fan of San Marino, because of how absurd it is that Flo Rida features on it. I do like Denmark's 80s bop too. But my top choice for 2021 is going to have to be the "violent pop" song entered by our lovely Finnish neighbors.
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