It’s been a two-year wait, but the highly competitive and often surreal annual event, the Eurovision Song Contest, returns for its 65th edition tonight. Don’t miss a moment with our guide on how to watch a Eurovision 2021 live stream.
The singing competition brings together European countries as well as Australia and Israel and sees acts representing each nation, a sequence of sometimes catchy but often strange numbers, with a complicated and often controversial voting system deciding the winner.
From Sweden’s ABBA with “Waterloo” in 1974 to Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland with “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” in 1988, the competition has brought a number of global stars to life.
The event that was canceled last year due to the pandemic is back. This year’s Eurovision will take place in Rotterdam Ahoy after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 edition of the competition with the song “Arcade” for the Dutch.
This year’s big favorite in Saturday’s final is Italian Måneskin, who sings Zitti E Buoni, and Barbara Pravi, who sings Voilà for France, is also a strong winner.
Read on as we explain below how to get a Eurovision 2021 live stream no matter where you are in the world.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021: where and when?
Eurovision 2021 will take place on Saturday in Rotterdam Ahoy, the Netherlands.
The show begins at 9:00 p.m. CEST local time. Broadcasts around the world begin at 8:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. AEST.
Watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 online from outside your country
Details of all US, UK, Australian and Canadian channels for this weekend’s event from Rotterdam can be found later in this guide. If you want to watch Eurovision 2021 but are not at home, you will run into problems trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it is likely geoblocked.
This is where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. With them you can virtually change the location of your laptop, tablet or mobile phone to a location in your home country and observe as if you were there again.
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How to watch Eurovision 2021 online in the US
For the first time, US viewers can watch the glamor and craziness of Eurovision live, while NBC acquires the broadcast rights to the show in the US for the next two years.
NBC is showing the event through its new streaming platform, Peacock, which you can try with a FREE 7-day premium level trial. Outside of the trial period, service starts at a reasonable $ 4.99 per month for all of these NBC benefits.
Coverage of the Saturday Grand Finale begins at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m.
If you are unable to access Peacock’s coverage because you are out of the country, remember that you can use a VPN to set your usual home coverage. Of the many options, as discussed above, ExpressVPN remains one of the best services out there right now.
How to stream Eurovision 2021 live in the UK
As always, it’s pretty easy to stream this year’s Eurovision in the UK. Just launch the BBC iPlayer, where you can get a live stream and catch all of Graham Norton’s hilarious hosts from 8 p.m. BST.
Provided you have a valid UK TV license it is completely free to watch Eurovision 2021 online on the BBC. If you are currently outside the UK you will need to download a VPN and follow the instructions above to live stream the event.
Stream the BBC’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 online for free with BBC iPlayer.
Free on BBC iPlayer
Can I stream Eurovision live in Canada in 2021?
Yes you can! Canadians can appropriately follow this year’s competition via the multicultural network OMNI Television.
The network will indicate a delay in the event on tape at a later time. However, if you want to see this year’s completion live, you can watch it live via a live stream on the OMNI website. Reporting begins at 3:00 p.m. (CET) / 12 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Live stream Eurovision 2021 live in Australia
While Australian participant Montaigne was eliminated in the first semi-final, Eurovision fans down under can continue to watch the grand final for free via SBS and its SBS On Demand streaming service.
The show starts at 5 a.m. CEST in the early hours of Sunday morning, but Aussies also have the option to watch the full event on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in civilized time.
When you are out of the country and want to catch that SBS broadcast, just grab a VPN and you can watch Eurovision 2021 as if you were back home on your laptop, mobile phone or other streaming TV device.
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