Airdate: Eurovision Song Contest 2021

SBS has confirmed broadcast details for its annual Eurovision Song Contest, to be staged in Rotterdam in May.

SBS again screens Live early morning broadcasts for diehard fans, with primetime repeats.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Montaigne will compete in Semi Final 1 with “Technicolour” this year performed from home due to the pandemic.

She competes ‘Live on Tape,’ allowed by European organisers, against 15 countries in Semi Final 1.

Montaigne said: “I’m very excited to reveal Technicolour on the “Eurovision stage”! It’s colourful and shiny and I’m very proud of it.”

With early morning Live broadcasts of Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Grand Final for immediate results and voting along with Europe, and primetime broadcasts for fabulous Euro-themed parties around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Montaigne and join in the fun of picking favourites from the 39 competing nations, each bringing a taste of their own musical culture to the contest.

Live early morning broadcasts
Semi Final 1 – Wednesday 19 May, 5am (AEST) SBS (Featuring Montaigne)
Semi Final 2 – Friday 21 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Grand Final – Sunday 23 May, 5am (AEST) SBS

Primetime repeats
Semi Final 1 – Friday 21 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS
Semi Final 2 – Saturday 22 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS
Grand Final – Sunday 23 May, 7.30pm (AEST), SBS

Music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey will also commentate from Australia.

SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation, Josh Martin, said: “After last year’s cancellation, SBS is thrilled to again be bringing all the technicolour glory of Eurovision to Australian audiences. This year’s broadcast is shaping up to be one for the history books. 39 different countries are competing and the diversity of music, art, staging and language is nothing short of extraordinary. The production quality and technical wizardry of Eurovision will also be taken to the next level and we know all of Australia will be cheering on Montaigne as she represents our country to an audience of nearly 200 million people.”

Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: “In some ways it’s the biggest challenge we’ve ever had, to try to qualify from a distance without the incredible stage production in Rotterdam. But we’re excited with our concept, and Montaigne can really hit the notes of the song, and so we believe we’re incredibly competitive. Exciting! Please get behind her, she’s quite amazing to accept this challenge – come on Montaigne!”

As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi Final in which their country is participating, as well as the Grand Final. The viewers’ votes make up 50% of the final result. The other 50% of the vote is decided by a National Jury in each participating country. Australia’s jury will be announced soon. The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.

For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the Live broadcast of Semi Final 1 on Wednesday May 19 at 5am (AEST) and the Grand Final on Sunday 23 May at 5am (AEST) by texting the numbers that appear on screen during the live broadcasts.

Also screening are:

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Friday 14 May, 8.30pm on SBS (Free-To-Air-Premiere)
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga follows the story of small-town musicians Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams), who form the Icelandic duo, Fire Saga. The pair are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country in the world’s biggest song contest, and have a chance to prove that any dream is worth fighting for.

Music Week on SBS World Movies
From May 17, celebrate all things Eurovision on SBS World Movies with favourite musical movies from around the globe, including: The Band’s Visit (2007), Devdas (2002), Bugsy Malone (1976), La Vie En Rose (2007), Born To Dance (2015), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Walking On Sunshine (2014), Billy Elliot (2000), Hearts Beat Loud (2018), and The Blues Brothers (1980).

Myf and Joel have also put together a playlist of their favourite SBS TV series to celebrate this year’s live event. The ‘Myf and Joel Guest Curate’ collection will stream on SBS On Demand from 14 May.

NB: TV Tonight will post results following Live early morning broadcasts.

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