|North Vision Song Contest 35|
|PQR date||15 February 2021|
|Semi-final 1 date||21 March 2021|
|Semi-final 2 date||28 March 2021|
|Final date||4 April 2021|
|Venue||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|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
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|St. Petersburg||Krestovsky Stadium||80,000|
|Sochi||Fisht Olympic Stadium||47,000|
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.
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|
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.
|01||Albania||Dafina & Rinor||"Your Show"||3||127|
|02||Lithuania||Aistè||"Where You're Going Today"||2||129|
|03||Belarus||Helena Meraai||"Posledni zvonok"||7||98|
|04||Georgia||Lizi Japaridze||"Toxic World"||8||94|
|05||Montenegro||June Palms||"So Messed Up"||6||98|
|06||Azerbaijan||Jay Meel & Arif Zeynalov||"Bilmədin"||5||104|
|07||Iceland||Ultraflex||"Full of Lust"||4||125|
|08||Portugal||Ana de Llor||"Penelope"||1||150|
|09||Slovenia||Happy Ol' McWeasel||"See You Tomorrow"||9||65|
|02||Slovakia||Billy Barman||"Červená armáda"||12||107|
|03||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sabrina Čizmo||"Dodir moj"||11||111|
|04||San Marino||BLANCO||"Ladro di Fiori"||6||204|
|06||Lithuania||Aistè||"Where You're Going Today"||13||96|
|07||Algeria||Zed Yun Pavarotti||"De larmes"||18||51|
|10||Romania||Karmen & BRUJA||"Belladonna"||5||216|
|12||Luxembourg||Charlotte Bridge||"Late at Night"||16||69|
|14||Germany||Zebra Katz||"In In In"||4||231|
|16||France||Hélène Ségara||"Plus jamais"||8||167|
|17||North Macedonia||Kozovo feat. Nestvarnost||"The Feast"||9||156|
|18||Sweden||GRANT||"Don't Recall Growing Old"||3||241|
|19||Malta||Danjeli & Moviment Graffitti||"Tiżfnu għad-Daqqa"||20||13|
|01||Albania||Dafina & Rinor||"Your Show"||8||160|
|02||Australia||Harrison Storm||"Feeling You"||20||53|
|03||Turkey||Nova Norda||"Bakma Bana Öyle"||19||66|
|04||Poland||Julia Wieniawa & L.U.C.||"Niezadowolona"||16||76|
|06||Serbia||Edita||"Ja Sam Tvoj Dom"||12||136|
|09||Austria||Yukno||"Das Leben ist so schön"||3||197|
|10||Portugal||Ana de Llor||"Penelope"||13||103|
|11||Moldova||Stelartronic feat. Karafizi||"In Between"||15||79|
|12||Hungary||Saya Noé||"Under The River"||17||72|
|13||Andorra||Marta Sango||"¿Qué Más Quieres De Mí?"||5||182|
|14||Tunisia||Yael Naim||"My Sweetheart"||14||95|
|15||Monaco||Genoux Vener||"Métro Boulot Dodo"||2||220|
|17||United Kingdom||London Grammar||"Lose Your Head"||4||189|
|18||Lebanon||Dana Hourani||"Enti Ana"||10||152|
|19||Latvia||Stiga feat. Rūta Ķergalve||"Ļoti Dikti"||11||140|
- Further information: List of countries in the North Vision Song Contest
Active NBU members
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.