It's mid-February again, so yes - it's time for the creation of this year's thread dedicated to Gay Christmas Eurovision! Last year's contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year's will be going ahead no matter what. Exactly what format it will take is yet to be decided, but there won't be a full audience. Last bit of news I heard was that the area where fans would've ordinarily be standing will now be used for the green room to allow for better social distancing, which makes sense. All acts will be producing 'live-on-tape' recordings, using as close a set-up to the real stage in Rotterdam as possible, in case they aren't able to get to Rotterdam or rules in the Netherlands meaning the EBU has no option other than to have all artists staying in their own countries. I think it's pretty certain that Australia will be taking full advantage of this. This is similar to what was put in place for Junior Eurovision in November 2020, and it worked quite well. In terms of artists, there are more returning artists from the previous year than any contest in history, which is unsurprising. As it stands, there are 24 countries with the same artists as last year, and it could potentially go as high as 32. It's unlikely to, in all fairness, but it's still great to see so many getting another chance which was taken away from them. One or two from 2020 have said that they wouldn't be returning for 2021 as they didn't have a song they believed in, or similar words, which I can't really disagree with. The current favourites seem to be Iceland and Lithuania. Iceland's song won't even be released until March 13th, but the hype surrounding Daði og Gagnamagnið from last year hasn't died down one bit. There are multiple national finals over the next few weeks. Sweden's takes place every Saturday at 7pm, and the Swedish broadcaster doesn't geoblock its content, so it can be watched live in the UK. Also, this year, Finland's national selection will be broadcast with the option to have English commentary for the very first time. Details can be found here. I don't want to make any predictions for who I think will win yet, as it's a bit tricky when only seven songs have been confirmed! Let discussion commence! EDIT: In a typical case of good timing from me, the UK's artist has been confirmed this morning as James Newman, who was due to represent us last year. It's the second time the UK's had the same artist in two consecutive years, with the first being Ronnie Carroll in 1962 and 1963.