Airdate: Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Ok Euro-tragics, here are the times you will need to pencil into your calendar.
2016 X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace will compete for Australia in Kyiv with Don’t Come Easy in Semi Final 1 and must qualify to proceed to the Final.
Australia can vote for other nations in the three early morning Live broadcasts.
There will also be a special Eurovision Top 40 Songs hosted by Joel & Myf ahead of the primetime specials (see below).
Here are the key times you will need.
All times are AEST on SBS:
Semi Final 1 (Isaiah Firebrace performs)
Live: 5am Wednesday 10 May (Australia votes)
Primetime: 7.30pm Friday 12 May rpt
Semi Final 2
Live: 5am Friday 12 May
Primetime: 7:30pm Saturday 13 May rpt
Live: 5am Sunday 14 May (Australia votes)
Primetime: 7:30pm Sunday 14 May rpt
Brand new hosting duo Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey are at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision coverage, on the ground from the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine, to bring Australians every angle of the contest as they explore the razzmatazz, kitsch, political voting, showbiz, cultural displays and heart of Eurovision – the artists and songs.
With both early morning Live broadcasts for immediate results and voting along with Europe, and a primetime Eurovision weekend made for fabulous Euro-themed parties around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Isaiah and join in the fun of picking favourites from the other 41 competing nations, each bringing a taste of their own musical culture to the contest. Some of this year’s standout acts include bookies pick Italy featuring a dancing gorilla, an attractive Swede with slick choreography, a second Aussie to cheer on with Anja Nissen performing for Denmark, and the return of yodelling courtesy of Romania.
As well as full coverage of the song contest across television, radio and online, SBS introduces a brand new show, Eurovision Top 40 Songs, which kicks off Eurovision week on Wednesday 10th May. This will be hosts Myf and Joel’s introduction to the Eurovision world, complete with backup dancers, exclusive in-studio performances and a huge countdown to Australia’s favourite Eurovision track of all time!
For the first time, this year chef and Eurovision mega-fan Adam Liaw serves up Adam’s Euro Bites; Euro-themed recipes and snacks perfect to impress guests at lounge room Eurovision parties around Australia. In the ad breaks, Adam will be cooking up tasty traditional treats from around the globe, including such culinary delights as ‘Bitterballen’ from Netherlands, Sausages with beer mustard from Germany, ‘Smorgastarta’ from Sweden and even Kyiv Nuggets from Ukraine.
Eurovision Top 40 Songs
Wednesday 10 May, 8.30pm on SBS
It’s the world’s ultimate, crazy song competition and Australia has been watching for over 30 years. There are so many highlights in the contest’s history, now it’s time to decide our top 40 favourite songs. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey present the Top 40 songs from Eurovision’s 60 year history as voted by Australia’s Eurovision fans via the SBS Eurovision website. What will #1 be?
The countdown features interviews from six past Eurovision winners including Mans Zelmerlow (2015) and Loreen (2012) from Sweden, Conchita Wurst (2014), Katrina and The Waves (1997), Bucks Fizz (1981), and Brotherhood of Man (1976).
Funny and pithy moments in Eurovision Top 40 Songs come from Irish comedian Jason Byrne, UK comic Stuart Goldsmith, Australian funnyman Dave O’Neil, songwriter Casey Bennetto, music theatre star Lucy Durack, Please Like Me writer Becky Lucas, Here Come The Habibs star Tahir, comic Tessa Waters, Eurovision Professor Alison Lewis, and Australia’s own esteemed Eurovision former judge Richard Wilkins. With performances by Dami Im, Paul Capsis and Bjorn Again.
TV Tonight also now has a special Eurovision feature section covering all the entries and news.