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Eurovision Grand Final 2021: Date, Time, How and Where to Watch Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is on this week, with the multinational competition returning following a year’s break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosting this year in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was scheduled to host Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation. The Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s biggest song contest, has already broadcasted the two semi-finals, and the Grand-final will crown a winner on May 22, 2021.

Jaja ding dong, it’s nearly an ideal opportunity to watch Eurovision 2021 Grand-Final online. The epic international battle of the bands has returned in the wake of requiring a year off because of the pandemic.

The first semifinal was broadcast on Tuesday, followed by the second semifinal Thursday. The highest-scoring entries from the two semifinals, alongside the Big Five – Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain, which bankroll the competition – and the previous winner, the Netherlands, will contend in the grand final on Saturday, May 22.

Eurovision 2021 is occurring in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which should host the 2020 edition of the song contest since the country won in 2019 with “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence.

With the agreement of the Netherlands government, audiences will be available to support the performers, however, capacity has been diminished to 80 percent of the usual size. Organizers said, “The safety of our artists, employees, and performers is paramount at all times. We will do everything in our power to organize an unforgettable Eurovision Song Contest.”

This year, the vast majority of the entries will perform live on stage in Rotterdam, however others like Australia and Iceland are using a “live on tape” recording because of proceeded with travel limitations coming from the pandemic.

After a year away due to the Covid pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest returns on Saturday (22 May) with 26 artists representing their countries in the grand final.

Furthermore, presently, for the first time, US audiences will be able to watch the contest, with Peacock getting the rights to both the 2021 and 2022 competitions. This remembers the first semifinals for 18 May, the second semifinals on 20 May, and the finals on 22 May.

As detailed, the streaming platform declared today (18 May) that each of the three nights of the current year’s contest will be live and on-demand for later viewing.

As previously revealed, the competition will still be somewhat extraordinary to what exactly we’re used to, as organizers say they have a “determined yet realistic” plan for 2021.

Alongside the City of Rotterdam and Dutch broadcasters, the EBU (Eurovision Broadcasting Union) has concocted various elective situations that would permit the contest to occur.

The Eurovision semi-finals will be organized on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May at the Ahoy Arena, while the Grand Final, featuring 26 songs, will occur on Saturday 22 May.

What is Eurovision and how can it work?

An international version of singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice, Eurovision sees partaking countries from the European mainland (as well as a few outliers like Australia and Cyprus) hold national competitions to select a singer and song to represent their country. Countries then compete against one another live on the Eurovision stage. Altogether, 39 countries are taking an interest in Eurovision 2021.

Residents in taking part countries can vote on the winner – even though you can’t vote in favor of your own country – and a national jury selected by every country represents a large portion of the vote.

Above 200 million individuals watched the competition in 2016, with live performances, eclectic costumes, wild props and backup dancers prodding a Netflix original film a year ago called Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Eurovision has been going since 1956 and helped launch the careers of international stars like Abba and Celine Dion. A year ago was the first time the contest had to be canceled in its 65-year history.

The Eurovision Song Contest a week ago likewise announced that it will launch the “American Song Contest,” with all 50 states, Washington, DC, and the five US regions of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and US Virgin Islands invited to compete. The American Song Contest will comprise a few qualifiers before the semi-finals and grand final. It will be produced by Universal and Propagate and helmed by the executive producer of The Voice.

10 contestants were browsed every Semi-final to qualify for the Grand Final notwithstanding the Big Five – Spain, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and hosts the Netherlands. The voting window for the Grand Final opens after the last song has been performed and closes 15 minutes later.

The 26 countries from Semi-Finals to be voted through to the Grand Final are – Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malta, Cyprus, San Marino, Greece, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Switzerland, Spain, UK, France, Italy, Germany and last year’s winner, the Netherlands.

A total of 39 countries are taking an interest in the 65th edition of the contest. Eurovision 2021 semi-finals will include 33 countries in total, while the Eurovision 2021 grand-final will feature the top vote-getters from the semi-finals and the Big Five (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain).

When is Eurovision 2021?

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will happen on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

BBC One will broadcast live coverage of the event, while Graham Norton commentates.

Ken Bruce will give commentary on BBC Radio 2.

The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th May and will be broadcast on BBC Four.

How to watch Eurovision 2021 in Australia

SBS will air the live Eurovision broadcast on every one of the three days, as well as replaying every final at a more Australia-friendly time.

Australia will be represented by singer-songwriter Montaigne, who was scheduled to perform for Australia in Eurovision 2020.

SBS is broadcasting the whole event with Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey returning as commentators.

You can get the second semi-final on Saturday, May 22 at 8.30 pm, and the grand final on Sunday, May 23 at 7.30 pm.

While the rest of the candidates (excluding Iceland) prepare their costume changes and hairspray, here’s a look back on probably the wildest Eurovision snapshots ever.

Semi-Final 1:

Live: Wednesday, May 19, 5 a.m. AEST
Replay: Friday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. AEST

Semi-Final 2:

Live: Friday, May 21, 5 a.m. AEST
Replay: Saturday, May 22, 8:30 p.m. AEST

Grand Final:

Live: Sunday, May 23, 5 a.m. AEST
Replay: Sunday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. AEST

On the off chance that you get up to watch the 5 a.m. broadcasts, you’ll have the option to vote in the results. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will commentate the competition again for SBS.

How to watch Eurovision 2021 in the US

US times are as per the following:

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

Live Stream: Peacock, Sveriges Television

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 continue his Eurovision commentating gig for the final, however, the semifinals will be hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills, and Chelcee Grimes.

The UK will be represented by James Newman.

Cyprus has the honor of opening the Eurovision final Saturday evening. She will be followed by Albania. To close the party we have Sweden and San Marino in beginning positions 25th and 26th. See the full running order for the final.

Host country the Netherlands had already preceding the contest been drawn as #23 in the final running order. The other pre-qualified acts from the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France brought themselves into one or the other first or second half of the final, at the press conferences that followed their second rehearsal. The 20 acts that qualified through one of the two semi-finals drew their half at the qualifiers press conference following the semi-finals.

When the last 10 qualifiers had been set in one or the other first or second half, the producers began working on the final running order. How about we investigate their work. Who got a decent beginning position? Who will battle to get attention? Below you track down the full running order for the grand final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest?

Eurovision 2021 Final running order

  1. Cyprus
  2. Albania
  3. Israel
  4. Belgium
  5. Russia
  6. Malta
  7. Portugal
  8. Serbia
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Greece
  11. Switzerland
  12. Iceland
  13. Spain
  14. Moldova
  15. Germany
  16. Finland
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Lithuania
  19. Ukraine
  20. France
  21. Azerbaijan
  22. Norway
  23. The Netherlands
  24. Italy
  25. Sweden
  26. San Marino

Eurovision 2021 countries and singers

An aggregate of 39 countries are contending in Eurovision 2021.

Competing for the “Big Five” and host countries are:

  1. U.K.: James Newman, “Embers”
  2. Spain: Blas Cantó, “Voy a quedarme”
  3. France: Barbara Pravi, “Voilà”
  4. Germany: Jendrik, “I Don’t Feel Hate”
  5. Italy: Måneskin, “Zitti e buoni”
  6. Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age”

Sixteen countries competed in semi-final 1 on May 18. The top 10 vote-getters move on to Saturday’s final. They are highlighted in bold.

  1. Malta: Destiny, “Je me casse”
  2. Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou, “El diablo”
  3. Lithuania: The Roop, “Discoteque”
  4. Ukraine: Go_A, “Shum” (Шум)
  5. Russia: Manizha, “Russian Woman”
  6. Sweden: Tusse, “Voices”
  7. Azerbaijan: Efendi, “Mata Hari”
  8. Israel: Eden Alene, “Set Me Free”
  9. Belgium: Hooverphonic, “The Wrong Place”
  10. Norway: Tix, “Fallen Angel”
  11. Romania: Roxen, “Amnesia” (11)
  12. Ireland: Lesley Roy, “Maps” (12)
  13. Croatia: Albina, “Tick-Tock” (13)
  14. Australia: Montaigne, “Technicolour” (14)
  15. Slovenia: Ana Soklič, “Amen” (15)
  16. North Macedonia: Vasil, “Here I Stand” (16)

Seventeen countries competed in semi-final 2 on May 20. The top 10 vote-getters are listed in bold:

  1. San Marino: Senhit, “Adrenalina”
  2. Greece: Stefania, “Last Dance”
  3. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko, Sugar”
  4. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið, “10 Years”
  5. Serbia: Hurricane, “Loco Loco”
  6. Albania: Anxhela Peristeri, “Karma”
  7. Portugal: The Black Mamba, “Love Is on My Side”
  8. Bulgaria: Victoria, “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
  9. Finland: Blind Channel, “Dark Side”
  10. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears, “Tout l’Univers”
  11. Estonia: Uku Suviste, “The Lucky One”
  12. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo, “Omaga”
  13. Austria: Vincent Bueno, “Amen”
  14. Poland: Rafał, “The Ride”
  15. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani, “You”
  16. Latvia: Samanta Tīna, “The Moon Is Rising”
  17. Denmark: Fyr og Flamme, “Øve os på hinanden”
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