Welcome to (all you didn’t know you needed to know about) Eurovision 2021. To be honest, compared to last year many entries seem rather mediocre but now that we’re getting closer to the competition, the anticipation slowly won me over in the end. Also, lucky for you, there’s only one week to go and after that, I won’t bother you with the ESC for the rest of the year. Pinky swear.
The 65th Grand Prix will be held in the Ahoy-Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
After last years’ show got cancelled, it was up to each country to pick their acts. 26 countries decided to send the original competitors and we are looking at 13 new entries. Eurovision 2021 also serves as a Fieldlab-Event to figure out in how far big events are still possible in pandemic times. Each show is looking at 3500 visitors, roughly compared to the usual 16.500 people. Due to the current situation, all competitors had to prior submit a Live-on-tape-Performance. This is to make sure that all countries get a fair go.
The European Broadcasting Union also changed a rule. While generally all lyrics need to be performed live, background vocals and music can be pre—recorded. Oh my, oh my, what’s next?
It’s Not a Political Show – Version Eurovision 2021
The Disqualified Award Goes to …
… Belarus. While the festivities have not even started yet, Belarus is standing out for being disqualified. The first entry did not meet ESC standards, as the song may or may not ridicule the opposition of President Aleksander Lukaschenko. The band Galasy ZMesta was granted a second chance but failed to qualify with that song as well.
Australia Is a No Show
One can only guess why the Australian team won’t show up live. People re-entering Australia are looking at rather expensive 2-week hotel quarantine and it might cost a fortune to get an entire Grand Prix crowd through this process. Moreover, it doesn’t really seem fair, considering thousands of Australians are stranded in foreign countries indefinitely. (If you are unlucky to be stuck in India for example, it is even a federal crime trying to re-enter your home country; including hefty prison sentences.) Why are they letting in A celebrities? Well, double standards are not my expertise.
After all, the most exciting thing about the performance by Montaigne is probably her outfit, which is just as … erm … interesting as last year. (No offence, hun.)
From Quiet to Riot – What to Expect from the ESC 2021
The First Semi-Finale
North Macedonia and Slovenia are presenting ballads, but most competitors are going for “something exciting”. Producers of this world have been heavily borrowing from former competitions. Romania is basically sending a new Loreen (winner of 2012 with lots of expressive dancing) while the others must’ve been inspired by Netta (winner of 2018). So, no woman will be anyone’s toy this year! Azerbaijan simply swapped Cleopatra for Mata Hari and we’re gonna hear about devils and angels paired with a lot of Le Roop inspired hand movements.
The Second Semi-Finale
A good half of the second round is made-up of exquisitely crafted Eurovision ballads. Then there’s color block and costumes (!) and the pressing question, what on earth were Moldovia and Denmark thinking.
The winners of the semi-finals will perform with the big 5, the countries mostly paying, on Saturday. If you’ve been dying for the ESC to finally come back, the welcome show will air tonight at 18:00 central European time.
You can stream all shows on the official Eurovision website.
Thanks for flying with be kitschig and have a most wonderful Eurovision week!