Get ready and get hyped because the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals is coming exclusively to NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock, in the United States!
The Eurovision Song Contest is an international song competition featuring participants representing primarily European countries, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to dictate themes of uniting humanity and the promotion of diversity and the exchange of cultural references across the globe. This event has been going on for 64 years since its inception on May 24, 1956, where this year’s showcase is based in multi-purpose indoor arena Rotterdam Ahoy in the Netherlands.
And how does each performer get picked and what are the limitations? Each participating broadcaster representing their country chooses a performer (maximum of 6 people in 1 group) and song (maximum of 3 minutes with no prior release) through a national televised or internal selection.
After submissions have been reviewed, qualifying countries will join the “Big 5” – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom – plus the celebration’s host country (The Netherlands, in this case). These countries will take part in one of two Semi-Finals and the best 10 will proceed to the Grand Final with a total number of 26 participants/countries where each act must be sung live with no live instruments.
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For more on the event and its rules, check out its rules here. You can check out the official Eurovision Song Contest press release below:
On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3:00 ET, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest second semi-final will stream exclusively on Peacock in the United States. The show’s performances will culminate in the announcement of the remaining ten countries to join first semi-final qualifiers Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine in advancing to the Grand Final this Saturday.
CLIPS from the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals are available here.
STILLS from the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals are available here.
The Grand Final will be available to stream live on Peacock on Saturday, 22 May, 2021 at 3:00 ET. Both semi-finals are available to watch now on demand.
NBC recently greenlit “American Song Contest,” the U.S. version of the international megahit “Eurovision Song Contest.” The series will feature live original musical performances, representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital, competing to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song.
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About Eurovision: The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music event. It is organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). The competition, in which participating Member broadcasters of the EBU send a new song to represent their nation, takes place annually in the country that won the previous edition.
The event is produced by the EBU together with the broadcaster which sent the winning song. 39 broadcasters are taking part in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam following the Netherlands win with the song “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence in 2019. The Eurovision Song Contest has taken place every year since 1956 except in 2020 when the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 27 countries have won the competition at least once. The 2019 competition reached over 180 million TV viewers in over 40 markets and millions more online.
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