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Latest news: Albania releases Festivali i Këngës playlist

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Albania reveals artists and songs for Festivali i Këngës

Public broadcaster RTSH published a playlist with all 26 participating songs for the 59th edition of their national selection for Eurovision 2021:

  • Peng - Devis Xherahu

  • Valixhja e kujtimeve - Orgesa Zaimi

  • Kush je ti dashuri - Festina Mejzini

  • E morën botën - Franc Koruni

  • Pendesë - Inis Neziri

  • Kam me t’ba me kajt - Sardi Strugaj

  • Më jep jetë - Gjergj Kaçinari

  • Nëse vdes - Durim Morina (Mirudi)

  • Tjerr - Evi Reçi

  • Vashëzo - Rosela Gjylbegu

  • Vallja e jetës - Klevis Bega (Kastro Ziso)

  • Do t’ja dal - Klinti Çollaku

  • Karma - Anxhela Peristeri

  • Si ajo - Wendi Mancaku

  • Ty - Fatos Shabani

  • Vajzë - Florent Abrashi

  • Njësoj - Enxhi Nasufi

  • Ajo vajza - Kamela Islamaj

  • Zjarri im - Era Rusi

  • Jo - Erikson Lloshi

  • Më mbron - Xhesika Polo

  • Ora e jetës - Manjola Nallbani

  • E lirë - Giliola Haveriku

  • Nënë - Viktor Tahiraj

  • Vendi im - Agim Poshka

  • Meteor - Stefan Marena

Arilena Ara won the national selection in 2019 and was set to represent Albania in Rotterdam with Fall From The Sky.

Eesti Laul will feature many Eurovision stars

Estonian broadcaster ERR has announced the 24 hopefuls for the country's Eurovision ticket. The Estonian national final, which is called Eesti Laul, will see two semi-finals on February 18 and 20 and the final taking place on 6 March. Five artists with a history of being Estonia's representative return to the show. Uku Suviste was supposed to represent Estonia in 2020, Koit Toome represented Estonia in 1998 and 2017 (together with Laura), Jüri Pootsmann performed in 2016, Tanja in 2014 and Ivo Linna represented Estonia in 1996 alongside Maarja-Liis Ilus.

This is the full line-up:

  • Karl Killing - Kiss Me

  • Egert Milder - Free Again

  • Rahel - Sunday Night

  • Sissi - Time

  • Alabama Watchdog - Alabama Watchdog

  • Kristin Kalnapenk - Find A Way

  • Tanja - Best Night Ever

  • Heleza - 6

  • Uku Haasma - Kaos (Chaos)

  • Suured tüdrukud - Heaven's Not That Far Tonight

  • Kadri Voorand - Energy

  • Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova - Ma Olen Siin (I Am Here)

  • Uku Suviste - The Lucky One

  • Gram-Of-Fun - Lost In A Dance

  • Tuuli Rand - Üks Öö (One Night)

  • Jüri Pootsmann - Magus Melanhoolia (Sweet Melancholy)

  • Redel - Tartu

  • Kéa - Hypnotized

  • WIIRALT - Tuuled (The Winds)

  • Hans Nayna - One By One

  • Nika Marula - Calm Down

  • Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto - Wingman

  • Helen - Nii Kōrgele (So High)

  • Koit Toome - We Could Have Been Beautiful

Israel's selection goes online

In recent years, Israel chose their contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest through a televised national selection. This year, with Eden Alene already pre-selected, broadcaster KAN has decided to take the selection for the song online.

A professional committee on behalf of KAN sorted through the initial list of songs. In total, the committee listened to more than 200 songs which were submitted anonymously.

10 songs were selected and will be uploaded to a digital interface where everyone will be able to vote for their favourite song. The two songs with the most votes, and a song added by the committee, will make up the three final songs that will be contending for the honour of being Eden Alene's song for Eurovision 2021. The winner will be decided through a final vote, which will also take place online.

The winning song will be announced in a special broadcast called Our Eurovision Song which is set to take place at the end of January/beginning of February.

Israel's Eurovision 2021 representative Eden AleneRan Yehezkel

Geike becomes the new lead singer of Hooverphonic

Geike Arnaert has returned to Hooverphonic. The 41-year-old singer was already a part of the band from 1997 to 2008. Exactly 20 years after the release of Hooverphonic’s album “The Magnificent Tree” and in advance to their upcoming participation at the Eurovision Song Contest they felt it was the right time for a reunion.

Alex Callier, member of the band, said: “All three of us felt an urge to start working again. We are still the ‘core of Hooverphonic’ which is for a lot of people the main setup of the band”

It will be the 7th time Hooverphonic is joined by a new permanent lead singer. Last year, Hooverphonic was set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with 17-year-old Luka Cruysberghs, who sang the lead for Hooverphonic’s song “Release Me”.

Who will represent Denmark at Eurovision 2021?

This question will be answered when the Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, takes place on 6 March 2021. Danish broadcaster DR said "they have the ambition for the show to be Denmark's largest music festival and a celebration of Danish music and songwriting art, where the songs represent the quality of the Danish music scene". The rules were published earlier this week and and there will be 8 participants taking part in the show.

Ben & Tan were set to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020Frederik Højfeldt Nielsen © Dr

41 Countries will participate in Eurovision 2021

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when the world’s biggest live music event returns next year.

41 Countries will participate at the Eurovision Song ContestEBU

The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

  • Albania (RTSH)

  • Armenia (AMPTV)

  • Australia (SBS)*

  • Austria (ORF)

  • Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

  • Belarus (BTRC)

  • Belgium (VRT)

  • Bulgaria (BNT)

  • Croatia (HRT)

  • Cyprus (CyBC)

  • Czech Republic (CT)

  • Denmark (DR)

  • Estonia (ERR)

  • Finland (YLE)

  • France (FT)

  • Germany (ARD/NDR)

  • Georgia (GPB)

  • Greece (ERT)

  • Iceland (RUV)

  • Ireland (RTE)

  • Israel (KAN)

  • Italy (RAI)

  • Latvia (LTV)

  • Lithuania (LRT)

  • Malta (PBS)

  • Moldova (TRM)

  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

  • North Macedonia (MKRTV)

  • Norway (NRK)

  • Poland (TVP)

  • Portugal (RTP)

  • Romania (TVR)

  • Russia (Channel One)

  • San Marino (RTV)

  • Serbia (RTS)

  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)

  • Spain (TVE)

  • Sweden (SVT)

  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)

  • Ukraine (UA:PBC)

  • United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

20 Songs will compete at Festival da Canção

Portuguese broadcaster RTP has released the rules for the 2021 edition of Festival da Canção. A total of 20 songs will compete in the competition (4 more than in previous years). RTP invites 18 authors to present a song to compete in Festival da Canção and opens a public submission to choose 2 more authors, to complete the 20 authors in the competition. The free submission of songs will be open until 25 November. Authors that are either Portuguese or live in Portugal can enter.

Last year, Elisa won the competition with the song Medo De Sentir.

Elisa, Winner of Festival da CançãoRTP

Daði og Gagnamagnið return for Iceland

Exciting news for Iceland and Eurovision fans as Daði Freyr and Icelandic broadcaster RÚV, have confirmed that he’ll be returning with his group Gagnamagnið to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021.

Fans have been speculating about Daði og Gagnamagnið's return in 2021 since the cancellation of this year’s event. Recently, the rumour mill went into overdrive when Daði Freyr released his concert tour dates for next year with the month of May completely cleared. The speculation ended when Daði finally announced the good news on his Twitter account. Read the full story.

Finland has made its selection of finalists

Finnish broadcaster Yle announced a decision on their finalists for 2021. The broadcaster received 278 submissions and chose just 7 finalists who will compete during Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The songs were selected by the UMK professional jury led by YleX radio station's Head of Music Tapio Hakanen: "The level of the songs and artists was incredibly strong. I am confident that we’ll have the most high-level UMK so far. I'm really happy and grateful to each and every song that was sent to us."

"Among the applicants were several Eurovision representatives from previous years, award-winning musicians, artists with serious international potential, energetic rock bands and trending names in alternative music praised by critics. The versatility of songs submitted is also reflected in the selected 7 finalists," Tapio says.

Mark your calendar for 19 January 2021 when the Finnish finalists will be revealed!

Finland's next Eurovision representative will be announced on 20 February in the UMK final to be held in Tampere. The winner will be jointly chosen by the public vote and the international UMK jury.

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu is the Finnish national selection show for EurovisionYle

Dates for Melodifestivalen 2021 announced

Early in October, Swedish broadcaster SVT confirmed the dates of Melodifestivalen 2021 and announced that all shows will be held in Stockholm without an audience.

The semi-finals will take place on 6, 13, 20 and 27 February, the second chance round on 6 March and the final on 13 March.

Anette Helenius, project manager for Melodifestivalen says: "Despite the situation, we are happy that we will be able to offer an exciting music competition and magnificent show just as usual. Melodifestivalen is our common tradition and Sweden's party."

Melodi Grand Prix final will take place on 20 February

Norway will select their Eurovision 2021 participant during the final of Melodi Grand Prix on 20 February. The 5 semi-finals will take place between 16 January and 13 February 2021 with a spectacular final on 20 February.

Ulrikke was set to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020Julia Marie Naglestad/NRK

Croatia's national final will be held on 13 February 2021

Public broadcaster HRT has confirmed that the final of Dora 2021, its national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will be held on 13 February.

Greece's Stefania has started working on her songs for 2021

In an interview on ERT Stefania reported that she has started working on songs for her act at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. "Singing is my dream and participating in Eurovision is a dream coming true," she said.

Stefania was also ERT's choice for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

Greece's Eurovision 2020 and 2021 representative StefaniaChantal Antonides

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