It’s time for the Eurovision 2021 final. The Eurovision 2021 semi-finals kicked off on Tuesday May 18 and Thursday May 20 and saw 20 countries from the Eurovision 2021 roster join the Big Five and the Netherlands in the grand finale. And now it’s time to find out which country will win the title of the 65th Song Contest.
Unfortunately, we have seen some action and presenters have to withdraw from live broadcasts due to the coronavirus and other illnesses.
Firstly, Rylan Clark-Neal had to withdraw from the semi-finals due to illness, but he was present for Eurovision’s Line of Duty parody, which aired during the semi-final.
Super fan Sara Cox did play her part, however, telling her BBC Radio 2 listeners on May 18: “I’m really excited, I have a new little job this week. I will co-host the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Four tomorrow (Tuesday) evening and Thursday evening. Rylan is sick so [obviously] we wish him better. So I’m gonna step into Rylan’s sparkly tuxedo […] for all the action of the Eurovision Song Contest. “
Just hours before the second semi-final, it was announced that Iceland will not perform live at Eurovision 2021 due to a positive coronavirus test.
Nonetheless, Iceland impressed in the Eurovision 2021 semi-finals as the show aired a rehearsal recording instead and managed to secure a place in the final.
Likewise, Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence will not perform live in the final after testing positive for coronavirus.
The Grand Final will take place on Saturday May 22 in Rotterdam and many Eurovision 2021 COVID changes have been put in place to ensure the safety of all delegations.
And the BBC has you covered for all of Eurovision, with its star-studded presenters bringing you all the action.
Here’s how to watch Eurovision 2021 and all the coverage the BBC has planned for this year.
How to watch Eurovision 2021
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live on the BBC.
See all scheduled shows below.
Tuesday 18e May, 8 p.m. on BBC Four
In the first semi-final, the first group of countries in the Eurovision 2021 squad will compete for a place in the grand final on Saturday.
The 16 competing countries are: Lithuania, Slovenia, Russia, Sweden, Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta.
The Dutchman Duncan Laurence, who is the most recent winner, will open the show. You can also find out why Australia is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Thursday 20e May, 8 p.m. on BBC Four
The second semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will feature 17 different acts set on stage in the hopes of securing a spot in Saturday’s grand final.
The competitors for this evening are: San Marino, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark.
UK viewers can vote for this semi-final once all Acting Nights have been played.
Update: Ryan Clark-Neal will not host this week’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-final for the BBC after dropping out due to illness.
Eurovision 2021 finals
Saturday 22nd May, 8 p.m. on BBC One
Graham Norton will provide commentary on BBC One for Eurovision 2021.
In Rotterdam, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (also known as NikkieTutorials) and broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.
All qualifying acts for the semi-finals will join the host Netherlands, as well as the ‘Big Five’ countries, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the Great 65 finale The Ahoy Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Interval performances will be brought to you by Dutch DJ Afrojack with Glennis Grace and Wulf. They will perform Music Binds Us, a piece specially commissioned for the grand finale.
Duncan Laurence, the winner of Eurovision 2019, will also take the stage performing his winning song Arcade. Additionally, there will be a multi-act performance titled Rock The Roof, which will feature six former Eurovision Song Contest winners – Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou ( 2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).
Saturday 22nd May, 8 p.m. on BBC Radio 2
Ken Bruce will prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest live on BBC Radio 2. He will be live from Wogan House in London from 8pm, presenting the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.
Ken will toast Sir Terry Wogan ahead of the performance of candidate number nine.
Other covers for the day include:
- Dermot O’Leary will address Irish singer and two-time Eurovision Songwriter Johnny Logan (8-10am).
- Claudia winkleman will chat with James Newman live from Rotterdam ahead of the final that evening (10 am-1pm).
- Ken bruce reveals Eurovision Top 50 of all time in UK, countdown of the table of favorite entries voted by UK Eurovision fans (available on BBC Sounds from Tuesday 18 May and on Radio 2 from 1pm to 1pm today). (See how many times the UK has won Eurovision before.)
- Rylan and Scott Eurovision Evening – The duo will hear from some of the contest’s commentators from across Europe and beyond and speak to Michelle Visage (3 pm-6pm)
- Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Eurovision Kitchen nightclub will provide the ultimate warm-up for the UK for the main event (6-8pm).
- Richie Anderson’s Eurovision Song Contest – Anderson will continue the celebrations for those who want to keep the party going (from the end of the Grand Final until 2am).
On which channel is Eurovision broadcast tonight?
The first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on BBC Four on Tuesday May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
The next Eurovision Song Contest will take place on BBC Four on Thursday May 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
We will see 17 countries fighting for their place in the Grand Final, including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, Denmark.
You can see who has already reached the final with our Eurovision 2021 semi-final results.
Other Eurovision coverage
In addition to the semi-final and final, viewers can also listen to classic Eurovision coverage which will air on the BBC on Friday, May 21.
You can see a full list of shows below:
- The AZ of Eurovision Song Contest – Rylan Clark-Neal shares a guide to all things Eurovision Song Contest in this compilation of highlights, as he takes a side look at the biggest singing competition on the planet.
- Eurovision at 60 – This was first shown to celebrate 60 years of the Eurovision Song Conteste anniversary in 2015. In this special, BBC Four joins the celebrations with an appreciation for the joy, pleasure, scandal and intrigue that have defined the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Abba at the BBC – The show traces the group’s meteoric rise with some of their greatest performances on the BBC, starting in 1974 with their Top of the Pops appearance.
- Eurovision One Hit Wonders – In the weeks leading up to the final, OJ Borg will be playing his own show on BBC Radio 2, including some of the competition’s best wonders that have been ranked in the UK, including the latest Eurovision song to hit number one. This will take place from midnight to 3 a.m. on Monday May 10
- Traces of my years – Monday through Thursday on The Ken Bruce Show (17e– 20e May), Briton James Newman will choose his favorite tracks. Duncan Laurence will also be making an appearance on the show and we’ll hear from two of the evening’s main presenters – Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley. Also on this day, Ken will look forward to some of the songs that scored big points in the final with broadcaster and Eurovision songwriter Paddy O’Connell (9:30 am-12pm, Friday May 21).
- Zoe Ball Breakfast Show – There will be a lot of preparation for the main event.
- The Steve Wright Show – Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal will join Steve in anticipating the semi-finals that will take place that week (2 pm-5pm).
- The Sara Cox Show – Cox will present a first and last on the theme of Eurovision, discussing with a listener his memories of the first and last Eurovision shows they attended (5 pm-7pm, Thursday May 20).
- Michael ball will close the vote for the greatest Eurovision song of all time (10 am-1pm, Sunday May 9).
- A dance through the decades – a special edition of the Vanessa Feltz show features classic Eurovision Song Contest hymns from each of the competition’s last six decades (from Friday 14e May).
- Rylan’s Eurovision Singalong Anthems – There will be two editions of it – The Singalongadingdong Eurovision Mix with all the wild tracks and The Classics with all the best known and most loved entries, available from 8e May and both on BBC Sounds.
- My life in a Eurovision Special mixtape with Loreen – the Swedish winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will perform the songs that impressed her the most on BBC Sounds.
- Eurovision Collection – It will feature classic shows from the BBC archives of the past 20 years, including Irish Luck with Terry Wogan and From Abba to Azerbaijan with Maria McErlane and will be available on BBC Sounds.
- Eurovision Face Review – Also available on BBC Sounds, Michelle Visage will give her thoughts on the grand finale from the Sunday morning after the show.
- Eurovision 2021: the road to Rotterdam – A Radio 1 Newsbeat iPlayer documentary will give exclusive access to James Newman as he prepares to represent the UK with Embers at the Song Contest. This will be available from Monday May 17th.
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will air on the BBC in May. Check out the full list of previous Eurovision Song Contest winners here. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV guide.