Everything you need to know about Semi Final 1 of Eurovision 2021

Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou Eurovision 2021
Elena Tsagrinou, Cyprus, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 9 May 2021 — EBU / THOMAS HANSES

It was a long wait, but tonight the Eurovision Song Contest will finally air from Rotterdam! In this article you will find everything you need to know about the first semi final of Eurovision 2021.

The show starts at 21:00 CET and will be presented by four hosts; Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley, Nikkie Tutorials and Chantal Janzen. 16 countries will take to the stage in Rotterdam, but only ten will qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final. The others will see their Eurovision dream come to an end tonight. Italy, Germany and host country The Netherlands will also broadcast and vote along in this show.

Get a sneak peek of the show at ESCDaily

Over the last week, we were in Israel following all rehearsals for you. We can provide you with a sneak preview of the show in three articles. You can find an in-depth description of all performances from semi final 1. If you want to know more about the over-all look of the show, the interval acts, the presenters et cetera, check out this liveblog of the Monday afternoon dress rehearsal. You can also read back in our vocal assessment article how the jury show went. Juries have already given out 50% of the votes last night based on the performances of that show.

Where you can watch the First Semi Final of Eurovision 2021

If you live in one of the 41 participating countries you can watch on television via your national public broadcaster. You can also watch the show (without commentary and voting details) via the official Eurovision YouTube channel. Beware: due to rights limitations, the YouTube live stream is not available in the United States, Canada, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Don’t forget to go to ESCDaily’s Facebook page right after the show for a live interactive analysis!

How you can vote in Eurovision 2021

Is your country taking part in the tonight’s first Semi-Final or are you living in Italy, Germany or the Netherlands? Then you will be able to vote for your favourites. Once all songs have been performed, the voting window will be open for 15 minutes. Voting is possible via the official Eurovision app, by telephone and SMS through the numbers shown on your screen.

Contestants first semi final Eurovision 2021

In case you don’t know the names and songs yet, here is the full overview of tonights list of contestants.

# Country Artist(s) Song
01 Lithuania The Roop Discoteque
02 Slovenia Ana Soklic Amen
03 Russia Manizha Russian Woman
04 Sweden Tusse A Million Voices
05 Australia Montaigne Technicolor
06 North Macedonia Vasil Here I stand
07 Ireland Lesley Roy Maps
08 Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou El Diablo
09 Norway Tix Fallen Angel
10 Croatia Albina Tick Tock
11 Belgium Hooverphonic The Wrong Place
12 Israel Eden Alene Set me free
13 Romania Roxen Amnesia
14 Azerbaijan Efendi Mata Hari
15 Ukraine Go_A Shum
16 Malta Destiny Je me casse

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