Start your engines: the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Eurovision are set to collide. The EBU and Viacom have joined forces for a second year to broadcast Eurovision 2017 on the USA’s Logo TV network.
What’s more, we’ve got a new set of American hosts and quite frankly, we couldn’t think of anyone better. Taking over the mic this year will be none other than Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews!
Michelle and Ross will be known to many fans as being two of the permanent judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Michelle also starred in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, reaching the final.
Taking to Twitter, it seems Michelle is very much looking forward to her task:
GET READY!!! CANNOT WAIT TO COMMENTATE https://t.co/FVXwLJtX8f
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) April 27, 2017
In a statement released by the EBU, Executive Superivor Jon Ola Sand seems enthusiastic about Logo’s second year broadcasting.
“The EBU is thrilled to be partnering with Logo for the second year running to bring the unique spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest LIVE to US audiences once again. We know that the Contest has a lot of dedicated fans in the United States and we’re excited that, thanks to Logo, even more viewers this year can discover the excitement of the world’s longest running annual TV music competition and “celebrate diversity” with audiences around the world.”
Once again, the show will be available to watch not only on TV, but also at Logo’s website and mobile app. All the action will kick off on May 13 at 1500 EST/1200 PST.
Logo & Eurovision 2016
Logo first broadcast Eurovision last year — but not without some teething problems. Hosts Carson Kressley and Michelle Collins did not go down well with many American fans. Clearly, Logo are already on that issue.
Other problems included the geo-blocking of many Eurovision songs on YouTube by Logo. This means that many fans still cannot watch back certain parts of last year’s contest.
To make matters worse, Logo also could not broadcast last year’s interval act for licencing reasons. Perhaps a little ironic, given that the interval act was American singer, Justin Timberlake.
No doubt many fans will be hoping for Logo to step it up for this year’s broadcast. If they don’t, then maybe fans will ask them to sashay away!
Do you think Ross and Michelle will make good hosts for Logo’s Eurovision coverage? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!