Eurovision 2021: Preview Grand Final

On Tuesday May 18 2021 we saw 10 semi-finalist continue to the Grand Final, and on May 20 2021 we saw another 10 finalists proceed. And now, the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest is finally here. This evening we will see which country will take the crown from the Netherlands, and their winner Duncan Laurence. Is it going to be hot favorite France? Is Malta’s Destiny going to win Junior Eurovision and the grown-up version? Or is it Italy’s glam rock band Maneskin that will leave the competition far behind? Who knows, because this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest’s Grad Final.

1CyprusElena TsagrinouEl Diablo
2AlbaniaAnxhela PeristeriKarma
3IsraelEden AleneSet Me Free
4BelgiumHooverphonicThe Wrong Place
5RussiaManizhaRussian Woman
6MaltaDestinyJe Me Casse
7PortugalThe Black MambaLove Is On My Side
8SerbiaHurricaneLoco Loco
9United KingdomJames NewmanEmbers
10GreeceStefaniaLast dance
11SwitzerlandGjon’s TearsTout l’Univers
12IcelandDaði og Gagnamagnið10 Years
13SpainBlas CantóVoy a quedarme
14MoldovaNatalia GordienkoSugar
15GermanyJendrik SigwartI Don’t Feel Hate
16FinlandBlind ChannelDark Side
17BulgariaVICTORIAGrowing Up Is Getting Old
18LithuaniaThe RoopDiscoteque
20FranceBarbara PraviVoilà
21AzerbaijanEfendiMata Hari
22flag_Netherlands_icoNorwayTIXFallen Angel
23flag_Netherlands_icoThe NetherlandsJeangu MacrooyBirth Of A New Age
24ItalyMåneskinZitti e buoni
26San MarinoSenhitAdrenalina

What is going to happen tonight?

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is upon us. Tonight we will know who is going to be the successor of Dutch winner Duncan Laurence.

The show opens with a DJ set of a very young Dutch DJ, his name is Peter Gabriel (16). He mixes a very cool rendition of the song “Venus”, which is originally sung by the band Shocking Blue. This time around presenters Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, and Jan Smit, who are all singers, will sing th During this remix the Parade of Eurovision Nations will take place. Followed by the hosts being presented. The Grand Final will see Dutch hosts Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit, and Nikki de Jager (NikkiTutorials) again.

Next up, are of course all this year’s contestants, you can find the full running order above. We will start of with Cyprus, and we will end with San Marino. The Netherlands, this year’s host country, will perform as 23rd. In-between several songs there will be a break with an online update, a view of the audience or small-talk in the green room.

Once all the songs are sung, we move on to the voting sequence, and during this block of the evening, no more than two interval acts will grace the screen:

  • The first interval act will be “Music Binds Us”. This performance is a collaboration between international renowned DJ Afrojack, Dutch singer Wulf, and singer Glennis Grace, who participated herself in the Contest of 2005 (Kiev, Ukraine). The name of the act is “Music Binds Us”. The act is especially designed and choreographed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The act consists out of two linked parts that are going to blend together, classical music, and one of the Netherlands’ best export products, dance music. In the first part, the focus is on a film, directed by the Dutch Director Tim Oliehoek. In this film Wulf and Afrojack will play a huge part. In this film the setting will be Rotterdam’s city-center, and the famous Erasmus Bridge. Afrojack and Glennis Grace will rock the Rotterdam Ahoy with a rendition of Sia’s “Titanium”, when this interval act comes to a climax.
  • The next Interval consists out of 4 parts: EurovisionTutorials with NikkiTutorials, in this part Nikkie de Jager tells about how to approach the contest as a contestant. Next you will get a peek in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest; what is needed, and what can you do without when organizing a Eurovision Song Contest edition. This part is followed by a carpool karaoke with past winners of the contest with Edsilia Rombley as the main presenter. And the last part in honouring the Eurovision audience after a year of absence.
  • The third one revolves around six former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest who will perform an original or new rendition of their winning song. The acts are: Helena Paparizou (Greece 2005), Lordi (Finland 2006), Mans Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015), Sandra Kim (Belgium 1986), Lenny Kuhr (Netherlands 1969) and Teach-Inn (Netherlands 1975). All these acts will perform on quintessential roofs in Rotterdam, hence the name of this interval act. The buildings where there is going to be performed on are: Maassilo, Hotel New York, and the art depot Bijmans van Beuningen.
  • The last sequence features 2019 winner Duncan Laurence. A previously recorded video will be shown of his winning song “Arcade”, and his new single “Stars”.

After these two interval acts we will move on to the nail-biting announcement of the points. First all 39 participating countries award their jury votes, of which only the 12 points will be announced by a chosen person of the participating countries. The points that can be awarded are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and the world-famous 12 points. After this the national public votes are announced starting with the country that has the least votes from the national juries.

What about Iceland?

Iceland will follow the proceedings of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 through a live stream, as they did last Thursday, when they qualified for this year’s Grand Final by presenting a rehearsal video to the viewers. One of the band members of Daði og Gagnamagnið was tested positive on COVID-19, which meant that the other five members could proceed as planned, but they chose to show solidarity, and the whole band will stay in their hotel and they will support each other. How sweet is that?!

Where is Duncan Laurence?

On Thursday May 20th there was a press release by the EBU, announcing that last edition’s Song Contest winner, the Dutch Duncan Laurence, tested positive on COVID-19. Meaning that he will not be performing live during the contest, but a video will be shown. This video has been recorded during the rehearsals. Next to this, he will not present his new song. Normally he would have been the one who would award the 12 points of the Netherlands, but because of testing positive, that honour goes to Dutch singer and actress Romy Monteiro.

What do the bookmakers say about which country is going to win?

As of May 21 2021 our very own ESCplus Odds Tracker ( states that the following countries will form this year’s top 10:

01ItalyMåneskinZitti e buoni
02FranceBarbara PraviVoilà
03MaltaDestinyJe Me Casse
04SwitzerlandGjon’s TearsTout l’Univers
06RussiaManizhaRussian Woman
07AzerbaijanEfendiMata Hari
08SerbiaHurricaneLoco Loco
09IcelandDaði og Gagnamagnið10 Years
10FinlandBlind ChannelDark Side

Our Odds Tracker scans the internet and collects information on betting odds, and other information, making it a very clear and consistent tool when it comes to predicting which country is going to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

What does ESCplus say about which country is the winner?

We do agree with the top 5. At first, when we did not see the live performances during the rehearsals and the live shows yet, maybe we had different favorites, but these are still in the top 10, so if the above would become reality, we are just fine with the results. We are not completely sure about Serbia being mentioned in 8th place, but who knows, this Grand Final seems to be everybody’s game this year. We have to say that we rather see San Marino, Russia or Cyprus somewhere in the top 10 of our Odds Tracker. Maybe they will be, maybe it they will not.

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments below or on our social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) which country is your favorite to win this year’s Grand Final.

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