Welcome to our latest news blog for April 2021. Stay up to date with all the latest Eurovision developments as they happen.
Latest news: Dance along with Daði 🇮🇸
Published on 12 April at 09:30 CEST
From 'Flowy Hands' to 'The Mindscrew', the 8 moves you’ll need to blend in with the Gagnamagnið can be found on Daði’s YouTube channel.
Once you've perfected 'The Sass', don’t forget to check out the online calendar to see what our other artists are up to this week.
Then on Thursday (April 15) we’ll be heading over to Portugal for an exclusive concert from The Black Mamba.
So keep your eyes on Eurovision.tv for all the latest news and gigs.
Stage construction has started in Rotterdam Ahoy 🚧
Published on 11 April at 12:00 CEST
The construction of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 stage and all its surrounding has officially started. In the early morning of Sunday 11 April the first trucks entered Rotterdam Ahoy. From now on (with a strict Covid-19 protocol) work will be done day and night to prepare the stage, backstage area, press centre and all the other areas of what is perhaps the most complex TV production in Dutch history.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 said:
"After almost two years of preparation the Eurovision Song Contest has finally arrived to Host City Rotterdam. Together with our suppliers and our partners we are working hard to make Rotterdam Ahoy our home. We cannot wait to show everyone what we have worked so hard for."
The stage is set to be finished on 28 April. After that, technical and stand-in rehearsals will start. The first delegations are expected to arrive on 8 May.
Royal Dutch Mint commissions new Eurovision pendant 🇳🇱
Published on 8 April at 10:15 CEST
Last year, the Royal Dutch Mint released a commemorative medal with an innovative design in honour of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The special edition jewellery will return this year in the form of a pendant on a necklace; the first of the limited run of 500 has been presented to Eurovision champion Duncan Laurence.
The design of the pendant contains all the winning songs from the Eurovision Song Contest so far. These songs were mixed together by music producer Eric Van Tijn. Then, using a unique installation developed by Juan Sanchez Castano (designer at the Royal Dutch Mint), the mix was played on a speaker with a vessel of water from the Rotterdam river Maas on top.
The vibrations created on the surface of the water were captured and physically rendered into a 3D model. You can find out more by watching the Royal Dutch Mint’s video.
The pendant and necklace are available in two varieties: silver and gold plated silver. This high quality collector’s item is strictly limited edition, so if you’d like to see those chains on, chains on you, then head over to the Eurovision Shop and place your pre-order now.
Latest news: Check out our Online Calendar
Published on 6 April at 16:30 CEST
The month of May is just around the corner, and with it the home straight to the Rotterdam Ahoy!
With the Contest shaping up and so much buzz around each of the participating artists, we've put together a handy Online Calendar to help you keep track of Instagram Lives, Twitter Q&As, and brand spanking new content on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
Here's what you can expect (so far) in April:
🇬🇧 6 April: James Newman Live: My Life in Music (ESC Instagram) 20:00 CEST
🇧🇬 8 April: VICTORIA LIVE Q&A (ESC TikTok) 20:00 CEST
🇲🇹 11 April: Destiny Q&A (ESC Instagram) 20:00 CEST
🇦🇹 13 April: Music First: Vincent Bueno (ESC YouTube) 16:00 CEST
🇵🇹 15 April: The Black Mamba Home Concert (ESC Instagram) 20:00 CEST
🇺🇦 23 April: Go_A Home Concert (ESC Instagram) 20:00 CEST
⭐️ 28 April: Krista Calling (ESC YouTube)
We'll be updating the calendar as we confirm plans with artists, so make sure to bookmark it and keep checking back!
Latest news: EBU responds to Dutch government news on audiences 🇳🇱
Published on 1 April at 08:30 CEST
The EBU has responded to the announcement that, if circumstances allow, audiences will be permitted to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
“We welcome this decision by the Dutch government and the possibility that we can invite fans to join us as we bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in May,” says Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
“We will consider the options now available and announce more details in the coming weeks on how we can safely admit audiences to the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam should the situation allow. The health and safety of all those attending the event remains our top priority.”
The EBU added, “as previously announced, all delegations, artists and production crew will be following a strict protocol and would not come in contact with potential members of the audience under any circumstances.”
Latest news: Join us for 39 Country Celebration Days 🇸🇲
Published on 01 April at 07:30 CEST
Over the next 39 days, Eurovision.tv will celebrate each participating country across our website and social media channels. Each nation will get a whole day in the spotlight, so make sure you follow us on Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram and Facebook to find out where we’re going.
Our participant profile pages will be updated with brand new bios plus a range of quick fire questions. Want to know who Gjon’s Tears picks in Mario Kart? Or maybe you’re curious as to how long Blind Channel think it’s acceptable to wear the same pair of socks for? Perhaps you want to know Jendrik’s favourite type of cheese is? Turns out he really likes cheese.
For these crucial answers and more, stay tuned!
We’re kicking off the celebrations with the small but mighty San Marino and Senhit!