In the United States, how to watch the Eurovision Song Contest
Tonight is the big night: the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final is broadcast live from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Grand Final will take place tonight, Saturday, May 22, with 26 performers representing their respective countries.
Many Americans may be unfamiliar with the annual spectacle, which is a beloved camp tradition in Europe (and even Australia), but for the first time, the performance will be broadcast live from the United States.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a big deal in Europe, and it’s slowly making its way onto American radars, thanks to Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, which debuted in 2020.
Due to Peacock’s acquisition of the rights to both the 2021 and 2022 tournaments, American audiences will (legally) tune in this year to see the action unfold alongside Europe.
The Eurovision Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET.
On the NBC streaming network, the show is available live and on-demand for later viewing.
Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley, and YouTuber Nikkie de Jager are this year’s hosts (NikkieTutorials).
On the 18th and 20th of May, the semi-finals were held.
The competition was scheduled to take place in Rotterdam in 2020, but it was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite the pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest will return in May,” said Martin sterdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. “However, in the current circumstances, it is regrettably difficult to hold the event in the way we are used to,” he added.
“We appreciate the City of Rotterdam’s renewed engagement and support, as well as the continuing support of all participating broadcasters. We sincerely hope to be able to meet in Rotterdam in May, and we will do all we can in the coming weeks to make that happen. We are taking our time to ensure that we can host the Eurovision Song Contest in the best and safest way possible, given the ever-changing situation.”
Who are the front-runners? San Marino and Iceland have a good case this year, but Italy has consistently been the bookmakers’ favorite to win the coveted trophy.
Mneskin, with their track “Zitti e buoni,” is Italy’s entry.
Malta, France, and Switzerland are also part of the European Union. This is a condensed version of the information.