After a two year absence, Eurovision will finally return to our screens on Tuesday 18 May with semi-final one. For many, it will be the highlight of the TV year. Here’s what you can expect and, most importantly, how you can tune in and watch the show.
Watch Eurovision 2021 first semi-final
Time: 21:00 CEST on Tuesday 18 May
Check your local listings for the correct time in your timezone.
Eurovision 2021 semi-final one — YouTube
As has been the case for the past several years, the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 will be live-streamed on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. This stream will not contain commentary or voting numbers. It is available worldwide except in Australia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. Viewers in the first six countries will be easily able to watch the contest via alternative sources listed further down this page. However, there is a new option available for those in the United States.
Eurovision 2021 semi-final one — United States of America (USA)
In a new deal for 2021, American viewers will be able to watch the show live on the Peacock streaming platform. The show will air at 15:00 New York time or 12:00 in Los Angeles.
Alternatively, U.S viewers can try their look with some of the participating broadcasters. For instance, Germany’s ARD/NDR has already published details of a communal viewing experience which will not be geo-blocked. The downside to this option is that you may have to listen to commentary in a language that you do not speak.
Eurovision 2021 on Television and Radio
Of course, Eurovision 2021 will air live on all 39 competing broadcasters — although some countries may air the semi-final in which they are not voting in on delay. As well as TV, many will also stream the shows on their websites. Several will simulcast on radio too. The competing networks are listed below.
Click the links to visit the individual broadcaster website and check their listings.
The contest will also be shown by broadcasters in non-competing countries, including Canada and Kazakhstan.
Eurovision 2021 First semi-final: What to expect
Semi-final one will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (NikkieTutorials) live from the Rotterdam Ahoy in the Netherlands. Sixteen countries will compete for ten spots in the grand final. The running order is:
Semi-final one acts
- Lithuania: The Roop – Discoteque
- Slovenia: Ana Soklič – Amen
- Russia: Manizha – Russian Woman
- Sweden: Tusse – Voices
- Australia: Montaigne – Technicolour (Live-on-Tape performance)
- North Macedonia: Vasil – Here I Stand
- Ireland: Lesley Roy – Maps
- Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo
- Norway: TIX – Fallen Angel
- Croatia: Albina – Tick-Tock
- Belgium: Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place
- Israel: Eden Alene – Set Me Free
- Romania: ROXEN – Amnesia
- Azerbaijan: Efendi – Mata Hari
- Ukraine: Go_A – Shum
- Malta: Destiny – Je Me Casse
Opening and interval acts
Duncan Laurence will perform as part of the semi-final opening act. Then singer Davina Michelle and actress Thekla Reuten will star in “The Power Of Water” interval act. The interval will feature recordings made on and around the Delta Works, a large scale series of construction projects used to protect swathes of the Netherlands from being lost to the sea. Additionally, a world of water will be created within the Ahoy using augmented reality.
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