Start your engines! Logo TV, the home of Ru Paul’s Drag Race has acquired the rights to broadcast Eurovision 2016 in the United States. The EBU broke the news earlier this morning.
Logo is part of the Viacom Group which also includes MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. The station will air the grand final live on Saturday 14 May at 15.00 EST. This is the first time that Eurovision will be broadcast in the country. The cable channel is available in nearly 50 million homes, while the show will also be live streamed on LogoTV.com and the LogoTV mobile app — that’s a lot of eyes.
Reacting to the news, Eurovision’s Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand says:
We are thrilled that the world’s biggest entertainment show is being broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand. The Eurovision Song Contest is now a truly global phenomenon and we are extremely happy that U.S viewers now get to join those all over Europe, Australia and Asia in experiencing the Grand Final of world’s longest running annual TV music competition on May 14.
Eurovision 2016 will be shown in all 42 participating nations as well as China, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Portugal. Last year’s contest was watched by almost 200 million people.