Year by year, Eurovision is shown in more countries around the world.
And this year, Canada has caught the Eurovision bug, as OMNI Television will air and stream the 2019 Contest in Tel Aviv.
Both the semi-finals and Grand Final will air on multilingual and multicultural television broadcaster OMNI.1 and stream nationally on OMNITV.ca.
While Canada has broadcast Eurovision before, this is the first time the Canadians will see same-day broadcasts of Eurovision.
Previously OUTtv had delayed broadcast the shows in 2014 and 2015.
Canada at the Eurovision Song Contest
Real talk, it’s what they deserve. Do you even need to mention that one of Eurovision’s most iconic winners, Celine Dion, hails from Quebec? She took the title for Switzerland back in 1988 with the powerful “Ne partez pas sans moi” and remains one of the world’s most successful musicians of all time.
It makes sense that 2019 is the year that Canada has chosen to broadcast Eurovision in real time. Let’s bear in mind that Katerine Duska, Greece’s representative, was born and raised in Montreal.
Katerine isn’t the only Eurovision star in the Class of 2019 with connections to Montreal. Ester Peony, Romania’s representative, also spent some of her childhood in the Canadian city.
Though Canadians obviously won’t vote in the Contest, we can still speculate over who of the 2019 Eurovision cast will capture Canada’s heart. Will French-speaking Canadians be drawn to Bilal’s bilingual Roi with lyrics in both French and English? Or will Canada stay loyal show some love for Katerine or Ester?
All shall be revealed in May, and if Canadians embrace Eurovision fever like the Australians, perhaps we’ll see more of them following in Celine’s footsteps and entering the contest.
What do you think? Do you think Canada is going to be infected by Eurovision bug? Is this a prelude to their entry to the contest? Let us know in the comments!