The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 airs next week, with the multinational competition coming back after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. Hosting this year is Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was slated to host Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation.
The first semifinal will be broadcast on Tuesday, followed by the second semifinal on Thursday. The highest-scoring entries from those nights, along with the Big Five — Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain — and the previous winner, the Netherlands, will compete in the grand final on May 22. In total, 39 countries will participate in Eurovision 2021.
This year, some of the entries will be performing live on stage in Rotterdam, while others will use a “live on tape” recording due to continued travel restrictions stemming from the pandemic.
How to watch Eurovision 2021 in the UK
BBC One will air the Grand Final on Saturday night, while you can find the Semi-Finals on BBC Four.
- Semi-Final 1: Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m. BST
- Semi-Final 2: Thursday, May 20, 8 p.m. BST
- Grand Final: Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. BST
Graham Norton will be resuming his Eurovision commentating gig for the final, but the semifinals will be hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes.
The UK will be represented by James Newman.
How to watch Eurovision 2021 in Australia
SBS will be airing the live Eurovision broadcast on all three days, as well as replaying each final at a more Australia-friendly time.
- Live: Wednesday, May 19, 5 a.m. AEST
- Replay: Friday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. AEST
- Live: Friday, May 21, 5 a.m. AEST
- Replay: Saturday, May 22, 8:30 p.m. AEST
- Live: Sunday, May 23, 5 a.m. AEST
- Replay: Sunday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. AEST
If you get up to watch the 5 a.m. broadcasts, you’ll be able to vote in the results. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will be commentating the competition again for SBS.
Australia will be represented by singer-songwriter Montaigne, who was slated to perform for Australia in Eurovision 2020.
How to watch Eurovision 2021 in the US
There appears to be no official US viewing option, but US residents have two options:
- Sweden’s SVT channel will be streaming the event, and that stream may be available to US viewers via a standard web browser.
- You can use a VPN to view the UK and Australia options above, as well as other international options. Just use the VPN’s built-in option to to the appropriate international location.
US times are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1: Tuesday, May 18, 3 p.m. ET, noon PT
- Semi-Final 2: Thursday, May 20, 3 p.m. ET, noon PT
- Grand-Final: Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m. ET, noon PT
Update, 4:47 p.m.: Adds SVT viewing option in the US.