26 artists representing 26 countries Rotterdam tonight
Eurovision 2021: 26 artists representing 26 countries will perform in Rotterdam tonight on the BBC at 9:00 p.m. Spanish time.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest marks 65 years of the song contest and will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands after the UK came out on top in 2019 with Duncan Laurence’s Arcade.
“Arcade” also continued with its place in the UK Official Singles Chart. Following its Eurovision Song Contest, the song debuted in the UK charts on May 30, 2019 at No.67. Its second appearance in the chart came almost a year and a half later when it was released. returned on January 14, 2021 at n ° 90.
Eurovision 2021 takes place with a strict health protocol in place. Thus, all those who are on site have been subjected for more than a week to tests every 24 or 48 hours. In the event of a positive result, the infected person, his entourage and cases of contact will be isolated. Each member of the delegations also has a small electronic badge and an application that allows geolocation
Semi-finals were held throughout the week, broadcast on BBC Four in the UK. Sara Cox featured alongside Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes after Rylan Clarke-Neil stepped down from hospitality due to illness.
Could the UK win it again?
This year, singer-songwriter James Newman represents the UK with his piece Embers. However, according to new research, it is almost impossible for the UK to win. Over the past 60 years, winner’s point totals have grown exponentially, thanks in part to new countries, but also to the enormous popularity of recent winning entries.
Based on the data collected, for the UK to have a chance of winning the trophy, they will need to score a minimum of 400 points. For example, the UK’s highest point total ever was 227 points in 1997, when Katrina and the Waves won with the Love, Shine a Light track.
Who are the favorites?
Among the favorites of the competition tonight, we find Barbara Pravi, the singer who represents France with her song Voilà. The artist was delighted to rediscover the pleasure of performing on stage in front of a crowd, a rare pleasure in recent months for artists around the world.
“A small audience is still an audience and yesterday I did my first dress rehearsal for the semi-final which will be broadcast tonight and… there were people, people shouting, it was incredible! “, Says Barbara Pravi addressing RTL.
Among the first performances, and the one that was eagerly awaited, was that of Maltese Destiny, cited by bookmakers as the main favorite of the contest.
The 18-year-old singer’s performance on her song I’m breaking – despite the title in French, the lyrics are in English – apparently did not really live up to the expectations of the journalists who were able to attend its rehearsal even if, vocally, the artist was impeccable. On the flip side, the decor was very minimalist, based on neon lights and flat backgrounds in pink and yellow colors – disappointed observers said they considered it sloppy.
Interesting facts about Eurovision
All Eurovision songs should not be longer than three minutes. Belarus was kicked out of Eurovision 2021. The submitted song had lyrics with political overtones mocking the Belarusian pro-democracy movement
In 2008, Russia won the Grand Final with the song “Believe”, but only came third in their semi-final.
The youngest of all time was Nathalie Pâque, 11, from Belgium. She represented France at Eurovision 1989 with the song “J’ai Volé La Vie”. The oldest was Emil Ramsauer, 95, of the 2013 Swiss group “Takasa”.
ABBA is considered the most successful act to ever come out of Eurovision, but the UK actually gave them zero points in 1974.
Remember – Eurovision airs tonight on the BBC at 9:00 p.m. Spanish time.
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