North Vision Song Contest 35
Eternity
Вечность
NVSC35 Logo.jpg
Dates
PQR date 15 February 2021
Semi-final 1 date 21 March 2021
Semi-final 2 date 28 March 2021
Final date 4 April 2021
Host
Venue Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Presenter(s) Lena Katina
Ivan Urgant
Olga Seryabkina
Broadcaster C1R & RTR
Opening act Semi-final 1: "Nedoslavyanka" performed by Manizha
Semi-final 2: "Pod fonarem" performed by RASA
Final: "Davay Poprobuyem" performed by Manro
Interval act Semi-final 1: "Ne boyus'" performed by Nyusha
Semi-final 2: "Uno" performed by Little Big
Final: "Beverly Hills" performed by Zivert
Participants
Entries 52
Returning Flag of Armenia.png Armenia
Austria Austria
Flag of Morocco.png Morocco
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia
Withdrawing Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus
Flag of Ireland.png Ireland
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting
Winner Flag of Italy.png Italy
"Canguro"
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 35, often referred to as NVSC 35, will be the 35th edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, following Manro's win in the 34th edition with the song "Davay Poprobuyem". The three live shows will be hosted by Lena Katina, Ivan Urgant and Olga Seryabkina.

Fifty two countries confirmed their participation in the contest. Armenia, Austria, Morocco and Tunisia returned after their absence from the previous edition. Meanwhile, Cyprus and Ireland announced their non-participation due to various reasons.

Location

Russia is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It covers over 17,125,191 square kilometres, consists of more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, extends to eleven time zones, and has borders with sixteen sovereign nations. Moscow is the country's capital and largest city, while Saint Petersburg is the second-largest city. The Russians are the largest Slavic and European nation, and Russian is the most spoken Slavic language; as well as the most spoken native language in Europe.

Russia is the largest country in the world, the ninth-most populous country, as well as the most populous country in Europe. The country is one of the world's most sparsely populated and urbanised. About half of the country's total area is forested, concentrating around four-fifths of its total population of over 146.8 million on its smaller and dense western portion, as opposed to its larger and sparse eastern portion. Russia is administratively divided into 85 federal subjects. The Moscow Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and among the largest in the world, with more than 20 million residents.

Krestovsky Stadium, the venue for the contest.

The 35th edition took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, following the country's victory in the 34th edition with the song "Davay Poprobuyem", performed by MANRO. It was the first time Russia hosted the contest. The selected venue was the 80,000-seat arena Krestovsky Stadium, which had opened in April 2017. Located on the in Krestovsky Island in northern Saint Petersburg, the stadium serves as a venue for many events, including football matches and concerts. The stadium was built as one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The competition between architectural projects was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship". The design of the stadium is a modified and enlarged version of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan, which was also designed by Kurokawa. The stadium was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished. The capacity of 56,196 seats was increased to 68,000 seats for the World Cup. It also has 104 luxuriously designed skyboxes.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen location is marked in red.

After Russia accepted the hosting of the 26th edition, on 9 January 2020, the country announced that four cities with a total of four venues had applied: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Vladivostok.

On 2 February 2021, C1R-RTR announced along with the theme for the edition that the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg was selected as the host venue for the edition.

Key   Template:If empty   Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Moscow VTB Arena 13,000
St. Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium Template:If empty 80,000
Sochi Fisht Olympic Stadium 47,000
Vladivostok Fetisov Arena 36,500

Format

Visual design

The contest's slogan, "eternity / вечность", and the official logo and branding were unveiled on 2 February 2021. Featuring an onion dome as its main piece, its gold color represents the light and nature's divinity, while the blue color signifies eternal life while white is a symbol of the light, and is also used to denote righteousness and purity.

Presenters

The hosts of the edition.

On 2 February 2021, CT1-RTR announced that three presenters would host the three shows: singer Olga Seryabkina (who previously represented Russia in the contest as part of the group Serebro,) Lena Katina, who got famous for being part of the sensational Russian group Tatu, and TV host Ivan Urgant.

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at The Hermitage Theatre on the 22nd of February 2021. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Twenty countries will participate in both semi-finals, respectively. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.

The thirty-seven semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries

Returning artists

Edita returned to represent Serbia, after having failed to qualify in the twenty-ninth edition. Janus Rasmussen returned to represent the Faroe Islands, after having failed to qualify in the fourteenth edition as a member of the Icelandic/Faroese electro band Byrta with the song "Grát ei eftir mánanum". Stelartronic returned to represent Moldova, after having a failed to qualify in the seventeenth edition for Liechtenstein with Claudia Kane. LOBODA returned to represent Ukraine after nineteen editions, having previously represented her country in the fifteenth edition. Eleni Foureira returned to represent Greece for the third time, having previously achieved 5th place and 2nd place in the eighth edition and twenty-second edition respectively. Danjeli returned to represent Malta, this time with Moviment Graffitti after the second place he achieved with Annabelle Galea in thirty-one edition. Yael Naim represented Tunisia for the second time, after placing eleventh in the semi-final in the fourteenth edition.

Pre-Qualification Round

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Albania.png Albania Dafina & Rinor "Your Show" 3 127
02 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania Aistè "Where You're Going Today" 2 129
03 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Helena Meraai "Posledni zvonok" 7 98
04 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Lizi Japaridze "Toxic World" 8 94
05 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro June Palms "So Messed Up" 6 98
06 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Jay Meel & Arif Zeynalov "Bilmədin" 5 104
07 Iceland Iceland Ultraflex "Full of Lust" 4 125
08 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal Ana de Llor "Penelope" 1 150
09 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Happy Ol' McWeasel "See You Tomorrow" 9 65

Semi-final 1

Greece, Russia and Ukraine will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Finland.png Finland Sana "Seireeni" 15 86
02 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Billy Barman "Červená armáda" 12 107
03 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Sabrina Čizmo "Dodir moj" 11 111
04 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino BLANCO "Ladro di Fiori" 6 204
05 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia ANIVAR "Tancuj" 14 96
06 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania Aistè "Where You're Going Today" 13 96
07 Algeria Algeria Zed Yun Pavarotti "De larmes" 18 51
08 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark Nana Jacobi "Sneblind" 2 245
09 Flag of Italy.png Italy Fulminacci "Canguro" 1 245
10 Flag of Romania.png Romania Karmen & BRUJA "Belladonna" 5 216
11 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria TINO "Iskam oshte" 17 65
12 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Charlotte Bridge "Late at Night" 16 69
13 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco DIESE "Mathlemch (olala)" 10 128
14 Flag of Germany.png Germany Zebra Katz "In In In" 4 231
15 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Nublu "Öölaps!" 19 26
16 Flag of France.png France Hélène Ségara "Plus jamais" 8 167
17 Flag of North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Kozovo feat. Nestvarnost "The Feast" 9 156
18 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden GRANT "Don't Recall Growing Old" 3 241
19 Flag of Malta.png Malta Danjeli & Moviment Graffitti "Tiżfnu għad-Daqqa" 20 13
20 Flag of Israel.png Israel May Sfadia "Karma" 7 173

Semi-final 2

Belgium, Faroe Islands and Norway will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Albania.png Albania Dafina & Rinor "Your Show" 8 160
02 Flag of Australia.png Australia Harrison Storm "Feeling You" 20 53
03 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey Nova Norda "Bakma Bana Öyle" 19 66
04 Flag of Poland.png Poland Julia Wieniawa & L.U.C. "Niezadowolona" 16 76
05 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Aiko "Hunt" 6 164
06 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Edita "Ja Sam Tvoj Dom" 12 136
07 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Red Moon "Dreamer" 9 156
08 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands Babet "Chameleon" 7 161
09 Austria Austria Yukno "Das Leben ist so schön" 3 197
10 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal Ana de Llor "Penelope" 13 103
11 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Stelartronic feat. Karafizi "In Between" 15 79
12 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Saya Noé "Under The River" 17 72
13 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Marta Sango "¿Qué Más Quieres De Mí?" 5 182
14 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Yael Naim "My Sweetheart" 14 95
15 Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Genoux Vener "Métro Boulot Dodo" 2 220
16 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan STRANIZA "Gorizont" 18 69
17 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom London Grammar "Lose Your Head" 4 189
18 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon Dana Hourani "Enti Ana" 10 152
19 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia Stiga feat. Rūta Ķergalve "Ļoti Dikti" 11 140
20 Flag of Spain.png Spain Nena Catalina "Barrunto" 1 256

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Greece.png Greece Eleni Foureira "Dokimase me" 11 284
02 Flag of Israel.png Israel May Sfadia "Karma" 25 104
03 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Janus Rasmussen "Neyð" 23 127
04 Flag of Romania.png Romania Karmen & BRUJA "Belladonna" 16 180
05 Flag of France.png France Hélène Ségara "Plus jamais" 22 134
06 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Sofia "Evol" 26 101
07 Austria Austria Yukno "Das Leben ist so schön" 8 297
08 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco DIESE "Mathlemch (olala)" 21 142
09 Flag of Italy.png Italy Fulminacci "Canguro" 1 367
10 Flag of Russia.png Russia Moya Mishel "Molody i Krasivy" 19 166
11 Flag of North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Kozovo feat. Nestvarnost "The Feast" 18 167
12 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Marta Sango "¿Qué Más Quieres De Mí?" 20 155
13 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark Nana Jacobi "Sneblind" 4 355
14 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands Babet "Chameleon" 9 286
15 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon Dana Hourani "Enti Ana" 15 200
16 Flag of Spain.png Spain Nena Catalina "Barrunto" 6 343
17 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Red Moon "Dreamer" 12 279
18 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine LOBODA & PHARAOH "Boom Boom" 24 121
19 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino BLANCO "Ladro di Fiori" 13 242
20 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom London Grammar "Lose Your Head" 5 345
21 Flag of Albania.png Albania Dafina & Rinor "Your Show" 14 211
22 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden GRANT "Don't Recall Growing Old" 2 360
23 Flag of Germany.png Germany Zebra Katz "In In In" 7 309
24 Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Genoux Vener "Métro Boulot Dodo" 3 357
25 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Aiko "Hunt" 17 172
26 Flag of Norway.png Norway Royane "Click" 10 286

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the North Vision Song Contest

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus: CyBC confirmed that the country would withdraw for one edition due to poor results and budget cuts, while expressing its intention to return in the next edition.
  • Flag of Croatia.png Croatia: HRT confirmed that the country will not compete in this edition due to financial woes and lack of public interest. They will however broadcast the contest in hope that it will increase interest.
  • Flag of Ireland.png Ireland: Despite initially confirming Ireland's participation, RTÉ eventually announced the country's withdrawal, citing internal issues and expressing its intention to return in the next edition.


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