Eurovision fans will be on the edge of their seats, because it’s that time of the year again. Sadly, last year’s festivities had to be cancelled due to the Corona crisis. But this year we’ll finally get to enjoy the over-the-top show full of feathers, fireworks and fake lashes again!
After Duncan Laurence won the contest in 2019, the Netherlands will be hosting the event this year. Rotterdam, the second biggest city in the Netherlands, will be the stage for the biggest European party. If you can’t wait for the flamboyant outfits, high notes and sassy commentary you can find out everything about this year’s Eurovision below!
When can I watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2021?
Don’t want to miss a minute of the Eurovision show? Below you can find out when the shows start!
- First semi-final : Tuesday 18 May 21:00 (CERT)
- Second semi-final : Thursday 20 May 21:00 (CERT)
- Final : Saturday 22 May 21:00 (CERT)
Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2021?
If you want to watch the Eurovision Song Contest this year you can check the table below to see what broadcasters in the different countries will air the show. If you don’t live in one of these countries you can check out our guide below. We’ll explain how you can watch the Eurovision Song Contest wherever you are!
|Australia||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey|
|Austria||ORF 1||Andi Knoll|
La Une, RTBF Auvio, VivaCité (French)
|Peter van de Veire (Dutch)|
Maureen Louys and jean-Louis Lahaye (French)
|Croatia||HRT 1||Duško Ćurlić|
|Cyprus||RIK 1, RIK HD||Louis Patsalides|
|Czech Republic||ČT 2|
|Jan Maxián and Albert Černý|
|Denmark||DR 1||Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech|
|Marko Reikop (Estonian)|
Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda (Russian)
|Finland||Yle TV1, Yle Radio Suomi, Yle X3m||Mikko Silvennoinen (Finnish)|
Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos (Swedish)
Levan Tvaltvadze (Russian)
|France||Culturebox, France 4, France 2||Laurence Boccolini and Stéphane Bern|
|Germany||One, Das Erste||Peter Urban|
|Greece||ERT 1||Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis|
|Iceland||RÚV, RÚV 2||Gísli Marteinn Baldursson (Icelandic)|
Alex Elliott (English)
|Ireland||RTÉ One||Marty Whelan|
|Israel||Kan 11||Asaf Liberman, Geula Even-Sa’ar and Akiva Novik|
|Italy||Rai 4, Rai 1, Rai Radio 2||Ema Stokholma, Saverio Raimondo, Gabriele Corsi, Cristiano Malgioglio and Gino Castaldo|
|Lithuania||LRT televizija||Ramūnas Zilnys|
|Netherlands||NPO 1, BVN||Cornald Maas and Sander Lantinga|
|Norway||NRK 1||Marte Stokstad|
|Poland||TVP1, TVP Polonia||Marek Sierocki and Aleksander Sikora|
|Portugal||RTP1, RTP Internacional||José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim|
|Russia||Channel One||Yuri Aksyuta and Yana Churikova|
|San Marino||San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo|
|Slovenia||TV Slovenija 2, TV Slovenija 1|
|Spain||La 2, La 1|
Radio Nacional, Radio Exterior
|Tony Aguilar, Julia Varela and Víctor Escudero|
|Sweden||SVT 1, SR P4||Edward af Sillén and Christer Björkman|
|Switzerland||SRF Zwei, SRF 1|
RTS 2, RTS 1
RSI La 2, RSI La 1
|Sven Epiney (German)|
Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner and Joseph Gorgoni (French)
Clarissa Tami and Sebalter (Italian)
|United Kingdom||BBC Four|
BBC Radio 2
|Rylan Clark-Neal, Chelcee Grimes and Scott Mills|
How to Watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 outside Europe
If you aren’t in one of the competing countries the show will probably not be aired on tv. Luckily, you can watch online streams of the show. The international Dutch site BVN will broadcast the performances live with Dutch commentary. This is ideal if you only want to watch the show and don’t care about the commentary (or if you know Dutch of course). But there is also a way to watch the show with English commentary with a VPN.
Watch Eurovision 2021 with English commentary
A VPN can help you change your virtual location. For instance, if you are in the U.S., you can use a VPN to connect to a server in the U.K. and websites will think that you are in the U.K. A good VPN provider like Surfshark can help you watch the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One with the British commentary by Graham Norton. Just take the following steps:
- Get a subscription with a good VPN provider like Surfshark (use a VPN trial to make your experience free!)
- Download the VPN and log in.
- Select a server in the U.K.
- Go to the BBC One website.
- Enjoy the biggest European Party of the year!
For this step-by-step guide we picked the BBC broadcast as an example. However, this method also works for many other streams. Because it’s the Eurovision there will be streams available in many different languages, just check out the table of broadcasters above. If a broadcaster has a free online stream, chances are you can unblock it with a VPN!
The Eurovision 2021 Schedule
Have you got favorite countries that you absolutely do not want to miss? Below you can check out when all the artists are scheduled to perform. The countries are split into two groups for the semi-finals. Both semi-finals will produce 10 winners each that will continue into the final on Saturday. The only countries that already secured a spot in the final are the Big Five (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the hosting country, The Netherlands.
The first round of semi-finals will take place on Tuesday the 18th of May at 21:00 (CERT). If you are in one of the competing countries below or Germany, Italy or the Netherlands you can vote in this round.
|6||North Macedonia||Vasil||Here I stand|
|8||Cyprus||Elena Tsagrinou||El Diablo|
|11||Belgium||Hooverphonic||The wrong place|
|12||Israel||Eden Alene||Set me free|
|16||Malta||Destiny Chukunyere||Je me casse|
You can watch the second semi-finals on Thursday the 20th of May at 21:00 (CERT). If you are in one of the countries below or France, Spain or the United Kingdom you can vote during this semi-final.
|2||Estonia||Uku Suviste||The lucky one|
|3||Czech Republic||Benny Cristo||Omega|
|8||Iceland||Daði & Gagnamagnið||10 years|
|12||Portugal||The Black Mamba||Love is on my side|
|13||Bulgaria||Victoria||Growing up is getting old|
|14||Finland||Blind Channel||Dark side|
|15||Latvia||Samanta Tīna||The Moon is rising|
|16||Switzerland||Gjon’s Tears||Tout l’Univers|
|17||Denmark||Fyr & Flamme||Øve os på hinanden|
You can watch the final of this year’s contest on the 22nd of May at 21:00 (CERT). The so-called Big Five and the hosting country are automatically in the final, but what other 20 countries will join them? Only time will tell. Who do you think deserves a spot? Let us know in the comments!
|Germany||Jendrik Sigwart||I don’t feel hate|
|Italy||Måneskin||Zitti e buoni|
|23||Netherlands||Jeangu Macrooy||Birth of a new age|
|Spain||Blas Cantó||Voy a quedarme|
|United Kingdom||James Newman||Embers|