The ongoing pandemic means that the delegation won’t be physically in Rotterdam. However, that doesn’t mean that Australia will be easing off on its Eurovision coverage. Not in the slightest! Broadcaster SBS has published an extensive roster of programming which includes the Oscar-nominated Netflix Eurovision movie.
SBS Eurovision 2021 schedule
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SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin says: “After last year’s cancellation, SBS is thrilled to again be bringing all the technicolour glory of Eurovision to Australian audiences. This year’s broadcast is shaping up to be one for the history books. 39 different countries are competing and the diversity of music, art, staging and language is nothing short of extraordinary. The production quality and technical wizardry of Eurovision will also be taken to the next level and we know all of Australia will be cheering on Montaigne as she represents our country to an audience of nearly 200 million people.”
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke adds: “In some ways it’s the biggest challenge we’ve ever had, to try to qualify from a distance without the incredible stage production in Rotterdam. But we’re excited with our concept, and Montaigne can really hit the notes of the song, and so we believe we’re incredibly competitive. Exciting! Please get behind her, she’s quite amazing to accept this challenge – come on Montaigne!”
Primetime evening broadcasts
Semi-Final 1 – Friday 21 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS **FEATURING MONTAIGNE
Semi-Final 2 – Saturday 22 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS
Grand Final – Sunday 23 May, 7.30pm (AEST), SBS
LIVE early morning broadcasts
Semi-Final 1 – Wednesday 19 May, 5am (AEST) SBS **FEATURING MONTAIGNE
Semi-Final 2 – Friday 21 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Grand Final – Sunday 23 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey will once again provide commentary for all three shows. However, just like Montaigne, they’ll be providing their contributions from a studio in Australia.
Other Eurovision 2021 content on Australia’s SBS
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — Friday 14 May, 8.30pm on SBS (Free-To-Air-Premiere)
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga follows the story of small-town musicians Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams), who form the Icelandic duo, Fire Saga. The pair are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country in the world’s biggest song contest, and have a chance to prove that any dream is worth fighting for.
Music Week on SBS World Movies
From May 17, SBS World Movies will celebrate all things Eurovision with favourite musical movies from around the globe, including: The Band’s Visit (2007), Devdas (2002), Bugsy Malone (1976), La Vie En Rose (2007), Born To Dance (2015), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Walking On Sunshine (2014), Billy Elliot (2000), Hearts Beat Loud (2018), and The Blues Brothers (1980).
Myf and Joel have also put together a playlist of their favourite SBS TV series to celebrate this year’s live event. The ‘Myf and Joel Guest Curate’ collection will stream on SBS On Demand from 14 May.
Are you watching from Down Under? Which shows do you plan to view?