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Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?

Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?

So much of the magic that makes the Eurovision Song Contest a sight to behold is the live broadcast of the competition. Eurovision features dancers, video screens, pyrotechnics, bizarre props, the occasional hologram, and 4% of the world's glittery confetti supply. If you're in the United States, here's how you can watch Eurovision and see what Europe is up to these days.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest?

The next Eurovision Song Contest is expected to take place in May 2022 somewhere in Italy. The host city bidding process is currently underway with updates expected in August or September. The show will be presented in English with a little bit of French thrown in because... France.

Where can I watch the movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga?

Will Ferrell's comedy about the Eurovision Song Contest debuted on Netflix in June of 2020. Netflix subscribers can find the movie here. We talked about the movie in Episode 89 of the podcast.

How can I watch Eurovision on TV?

You can watch Eurovision 2021 through Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, which is accessible on both desktop and mobile devices. Peacock aired both semi-finals and the Grand Final live on both the free and premium tiers of the service. The service will also be airing the compeitition live in 2022.

Eurovision originally aired on Logo from 2016-2018. Low ratings and Logo not really being a thing since RuPaul's Drag Race moved to VH1 kept Viacom from renewing their contract. Netflix acquired the rights for the 2019 Contest and made the three shows available for streaming from July 2019 through May 2020. The 2020 Contest was supposed to be part of that deal but... we know what happened…

NBC’s acquisition of the rights coincides with their announcement of producing the first edition of the American Song Contest in 2022.

Is Eurovision streaming anywhere else?

A livestream of both semi-finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be available on Eurovision's YouTube channel. However, since 2016 this content has been geoblocked due to music rights issues. Blerg. The geoblock for 2021 affects Australia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Here are some workarounds if you need another source to watch the shows live:

  • Access a virtual private network (VPN). You can do this for free using the Opera browser.
  • Follow hashtags on Twitter such as #Eurovision or #ESC2021 and use your imagination from what folks are describing (not recommended).
  • Watch a livestream provided through one of the participating countries.

That third option is your best bet, particularly since many broadcasters will have the shows available for on demand viewing after the event.

How can I watch past Eurovision Song Contest finals?

Eurovision (the organization) and the fan community have done an excellent job in preserving the Contest on YouTube. Following the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, a project called #EurovisionAgain began as a way for fans to sync up and rewatch an old Contest and tweet along. The event was a smash and the EBU got involved to remaster video to HD quality and work with broadcasters to restore and make available Contests prior to 2003 (again, rights issues).

Season 1 of #EurovisionAgain ran for 15 Saturdays from March through June. Season 2 took place the third Saturday of the remaining months of 2020, with the December edition featuring songs from the semi-finals that did not advance. We chatted with #EurovisionAgain founder Rob Holley in Episode #85. Season 3 will happen during Summer 2022 (yay!).

Can I watch the national selection finals?

Yes! From December to March, several countries will have competitions to select their Eurovision representatives. Most (if not all) will be streamed online, either through that country's broadcaster website, YouTube channel, or some other legitimate venue. No dark web shenanigans necessary!

Just a heads up: the shows will probably be conducted in that country's language. You should be able to follow along since singing competition formats are pretty universal. We keep a calendar here with links to where you can watch:

What is the EuroWhat? Podcast?

We are a pair of Americans trying to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate.

During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy?

Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.