It’s that time of the year again. The 2021 Song Contest is well and truly upon us and there’s lots in store for all you Eurovision fans.
The grand final will take place on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the BBC will be broadcasting live coverage of the competition with Graham Norton commentating as usual.
Ken Bruce will also be providing commentary on BBC Radio 2, and Rylan Clark-Neal, Amanda Holden and more will all be bringing us our Eurovision fix this year across several shows.
Here’s how you can watch Eurovision 2021 and all of the BBC’s planned coverage for this year.
How to watch Eurovision 2021?
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live on the BBC.
See all the scheduled shows below:
Tuesday 18th May, 8pm on BBC Four
In the first semi-final, the first group of countries in Eurovision 2021 line-up will compete for a place in Saturday’s Grand Final.
The 16 countries competing are: Lithuania, Slovenia, Russia, Sweden, Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta.
The Netherlands Duncan Laurence, who is the most recent winner, will open the show.
Thursday 20th May, 8pm on BBC Four
The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will feature 17 different acts taking to the stage in the hope of securing a place in Saturday’s Grand Final.
Competing this evening are: San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark.
Viewers in the United Kingdom are able to vote in this semi-final once all of the nights acts have performed.
Eurovision 2021 Finals
Saturday 22nd May, 8pm on BBC One
Graham Norton will provide the commentary on BBC One for Eurovision 2021.
Over in Rotterdam, the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, 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 the qualifying acts from the semi-finals will join hosts Netherlands plus the ‘Big Five’ countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the Grand Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest from The Ahoy in Rotterdam.
Interval performances will be brought to you by Dutch DJ Afrojack featuring Glennis Grace and Wulf. They will perform Music Binds Us, a specially commissioned piece for the Grand Final.
Duncan Laurence, the Eurovision 2019 winner, will also take to the stage as he performs his winning song Arcade. Plus, there will be a multi-act performance entitled Rock The Roof, which will feature six former Eurovision winners – Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).
Saturday 22nd May, 8pm on BBC Radio 2
Ken Bruce will be building up to the live Eurovision Grand Final on BBC Radio 2. He’ll be live from Wogan House in London from 8pm, introducing the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.
Ken will be toasting Sir Terry Wogan before contestant number nine’s performance.
Other coverage on the day includes:
- Dermot O’Leary will be speaking to Irish singer and two times Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan (8-10am).
- Claudia Winkleman will be chatting to James Newman live from Rotterdam ahead of the final that night (10am-1pm).
- Ken Bruce reveals The UK’s All Time Eurovision Top 50, counting down the chart of favourite entries as voted for by UK Eurovision fans (available on BBC Sounds from Tuesday 18th May and on Radio 2 from 1-3pm today).
- Rylan and Scott’s Eurovision Party – The pair will be hearing from some of the contest’s commentators from across Europe and beyond and speaking to Michelle Visage (3-6pm)
- Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Eurovision Kitchen Disco will provide the ultimate warm up for the UK for the main event (6-8pm).
- Richie Anderson’s Eurovision After Party – Anderson will continue the celebrations for those who want to keep the party going (from the end of the Grand Final until 2am).
Other Eurovision coverage
As well as the semi-final and final, viewers can also tune into some classic Eurovision coverage which will be broadcast across the BBC on Friday 21st May.
You can see a full list of shows below:
- The A-Z of Eurovision – Rylan Clark-Neal narrates a guide to all things Eurovision in this compilation of highlights, as he takes a sideways look at the greatest singing contest on the planet.
- Eurovision at 60 – This was first shown to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest’s 60th anniversary in 2015. In this special, BBC Four joins the celebrations with an appreciation of the joy, fun, scandal and intrigue that has defined the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Abba at the BBC – The show charts the meteoric rise of the band with some of their greatest performances at the BBC, beginning in 1974 with their Top of the Pops appearance.
- Eurovision One Hit Wonders – In the weeks building up to the final, OJ Borg will be playing his very own show on BBC Radio 2, including some of the contest’s best one hit wonders that charted in the UK, including the last Eurovision song to get to number one. This will take place at midnight to 3am on Monday, 10th May
- Tracks Of My Years – From Monday to Thursday on The Ken Bruce Show (17th– 20th May), the UK’s very own James Newman will be picking his favourite tracks. Duncan Laurence will also make an appearance on the show and we’ll be hearing from two of the main presenters on the night – Jan Smit and Edsilia Rombley. Also that day, Ken will be looking ahead to some of the songs tipped to score big points in the final with broadcaster and self-confessed Eurovision super fan, Paddy O’Connell (9.30am-12pm, Friday 21st May).
- The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show – There will be lots of build up to the main event.
- The Steve Wright Show – Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal will join Steve to look ahead to the semi-finals taking place that week (2-5pm).
- The Sara Cox Show – Cox will feature a Eurovision themed First & Last, chatting to a listener about their memories of the first and last Eurovision shows they attended (5-7pm, Thursday 20th May).
- Michael Ball will be closing the vote for the greatest Eurovision Song of all-time (10am-1pm, Sunday, 9th May).
- A Dance Through The Decades – a special edition of Vanessa Feltz’s show features classic Eurovision anthems from each of the last six decades of the contest (from Friday 14th May).
- Rylan’s Singalong Eurovision Anthems – There will be two editions of this – The Singalongadingdong Eurovision Mix featuring all the wild tracks and The Classics featuring all the best-known and much-loved entries, available from 8th May and both on BBC Sounds.
- My Life in a Mixtape Eurovision Special with Loreen – the Swedish winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be playing the songs that have meant the most to her on BBC Sounds.
- Eurovision Collection – This will feature classic shows from the BBC archive from the past 20 years, including The Luck of the Irish with Terry Wogan and From Abba to Azerbaijan with Maria McErlane and will be available on BBC Sounds.
- Visage’s Eurovision Review – Also available on BBC Sounds, Michelle Visage will give her take on the grand final from the Sunday morning after the show.
- Eurovision 2021: The Road To Rotterdam – An iPlayer documentary from Radio 1 Newsbeat will provide exclusive access to James Newman as he prepares to represent the UK with Embers at the Song Contest. This will be available from Monday 17th May.