The Eurovision Song Contest will return in May 2021 in Rotterdam, with the theme ‘Open Up.’
The news follows a cancelled 2020 event due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Martin Österdahl, the new Executive Supervisor, said: “We are extremely happy that we can now move forward. It’s vitally important that the Eurovision Song Contest returns next year, and we’re pleased to have the necessary commitment from our Members in the Netherlands to bring this much-loved show back to audiences across the world.
“I firmly believe that all of us involved in the Eurovision Song Contest will stand united through challenges and change to bring the Contest back stronger than ever, ensuring its longevity for decades to come.”
“Now more than ever it is important that we, as a public broadcaster, are committed to continuing this European tradition and are organising a great event that people can look forward to during these difficult times. We will do everything in our power to arrange a very special Contest,” said NPO Chairman, Shula Rijxman.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event, added: “Our team is proud and excited to look forward with renewed energy to organise a fantastic Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. Yes, with a sense of realism that fits with the times we live in, but also with ambition and creativity. We are looking forward to working with the entire Eurovision family to make it happen.”
To honour the 2020 acts who were due to perform a special Eurovision: Shine a Light was broadcast, with guests including Johnny Logan, Måns Zelmerlöw, Duncan Laurence, Marija Šerifović, Graham Norton and even Björn Ulvaeus. All 2020 acts performed 1997’s Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves.
18 of the artists planned for 2020 have confirmed that they will represent their country again in 2021, including Montaigne for Australia.
Junior Eurovision 2020 is planned to take place in Poland in November.