Eurovision 2021: How and when to watch

Here’s when the Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2 and Grand Final will be broadcast.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 airs next week, with the multinational competition coming back after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 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 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 switch your IP address 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

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