The BBC has confirmed that both semi-finals of Eurovision 2022 in Turin are returning to BBC Three for viewers in the United Kingdom.
That follows the network’s return as a linear TV channel after being relegated online in 2016. The move comes almost seven years after BBC Three last broadcast Eurovision from Vienna in 2015.
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BBC Three had been broadcasting the Eurovision semi-finals since they were introduced back in 2004. After the channel was reborn as online platform, though, BBC Four took over the live broadcasts of both semi-finals for Stockholm in 2016 until last year’s contest in Rotterdam.
Scott Mills, who has been commenting on the semi-finals since 2011, had this to say:
“Eurovision is one of my highlights of the year! I’m so looking forward to getting back in the commentary box with Rylan and bringing BBC Three viewers all the action from Turin.”
After missing out on last year’s contest due to illness, Rylan Clark is ready to get back in the hot seat:
“I’m so excited to be back for Eurovision 2022 and even more excited to be heading to BBC Three! Myself and Scott love the show and after a few years away from the physical Eurovision bubble we both can’t wait to bring you ALL the semi-final action live from Turin. We promise we will make this year bigger and better than ever before and I can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”
The United Kingdom had been allocated to vote in the Second Semi-Final alongside Germany and Spain. Their entry has yet to be confirmed but TaP Music’s Ben Mawson has announced the search for James Newman’s successor is “getting really close”.