The 65th Eurovision Song Contest was scheduled to take place between 12th and 16th of May 2020 at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. However on the 18th of March the EBU announced that the contest was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. On the night of what would have been the contest final, the three Dutch presenters hosted a show called “Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light” that showcased the competing entries as well as remembering and marking the victims of the pandemic.
On 18th September 2020, the EBU announced that the 2021 contest would definitely take place in one form or another. The format of the event will depend on Covid-19 circumstances nearer the time. In the worst case scenario a country could submit a pre-recorded “live” performance if the artists are unable to be present in person. In addition, a new (and apparently temporary) rule has been passed for 2021 allowing pre-recorded vocals of any nature on an entry. The same venue and presenters as 2020 will apply, and as the line up of countries is identical to 2020 the semi-final allocation draw of 2020 will apply. Many countries have decided to send their 2020 performer back in 2021, but not all. The contest will take place between 18th and 22nd May 2021.