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In its 67th year, it’s the longest-running annual international televised music competition and one of the world’s longest-running television programs; most famously, it gave us the iconic ABBA in 1974. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or a newcomer, here’s how to watch Eurovision in the US to see all the festivities live.
Since 1956, countries across Europe, the UK, and most recently Australia in 2015, have shown up to sing their hearts out. In 2023, it’s expected to bring in around 180 million viewers across the world, making it one of the most-watched shows on the planet. Despite this, Eurovision has only gained a US following in recent years.
The contest in 2022 brought in a mammoth 161 million viewers and the organizers were thrilled. “We couldn’t be happier to see the success of the Eurovision Song Contest across all our Members’ channels and on our digital platforms this year, ‘ said the ESC’s Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl. “Once again, we have seen the enormous popularity of the Contest among young audiences, some of whom are discovering the event for the first time. The Eurovision Song Contest truly has global appeal demonstrated by the millions watching in every territory on earth and millions more interacting on social media.”
When is Eurovision 2023? The Eurovision 2023 will be broadcast from the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool in the UK over three days, on May 9, and 11. The grand finale on May 13, 2023. The live broadcast will air each day at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PST.
The first of two semi-finals kick off on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. The first round will feature Norway, Malta, Serbia, Latvia, Portugal, Ireland, Croatia, Switzerland, Israel, Moldova, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Czechia, Netherlands, and Finland.
The second semi-finals round will air on Thursday, May 11, 2023, and will see performances from Denmark, Armenia, Romania, Estonia, Belgium, Cyprus, Iceland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Georgia, San Marino, Austria, Albania, Lithuania, and Australia.
How can one watch Eurovision in the US? Eurovision is available to stream for free on BBC iPlayer’s website, which has all the episodes from the first season. However, to watch the show in the US, Americans will need a VPN, a service that allows users to set their computer’s location to another country and access websites that would otherwise be restricted by location. The most popular VPNs out there are ExpressVPN, NordVPN and PureVPN—all of which offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Read on for how to sign up for them to watch Eurovision in the US for free.
ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services and the one we recommend above all others for a simple reason. The service—which allows users to set their location to more than 160 locations in 90 countries with unlimited bandwidth—offers a 30-day free trial and a money-back guarantee. After the free trial ends, Express VPN costs $6.67 per month for a 12-month plan + 3 extra months with their current Special Deal discount ($99.95 in total), $9.99 per month for a six-month plan ($59.95 in total) or $12.95 per month for a pay-by-the-month plan. Along with access to more than 160 locations, Express VPN—which takes about five minutes to set up—also promises lightning-quick connectivity, 24-hour live-chat support and allows users to connect to any device, from computers to phones to tablets. Of course, users can do more than watch international events and shows in the US with a VPN. Along with this event, VPNs also allow users to access international versions of Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max (which have different content than in the US) as well as stream international services like Hayu, which has access to programs like the Real Housewives, Below Deck, The Bachelor and hundreds of other reality TV shows.
Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Eurovision in the US with ExpressVPN’s free trial.
Nord VPN is another popular VPN service recommended by YouTubers like PewDiePie, Casey Neistat and Philip DeFranco. The service—which offers a 30-day free trial and a money-back guarantee—costs $3.29 per month for a two-year plan ($78.96 in total), $4.99 per month for a one-year plan ($59.88 in total) or $11.99 per month for a monthly plan. Along with access to more than 59 countries, NordVPN also allows users to connect to multiple devices (from computers to phones to tablets) and offers 24-hour live chat support. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Eurovision in the US with NordVPN’s free trial.
Another popular VPN service is Pure VPN, which offers a 31-day free trial and a money-back guarantee. After the free trial ends, users can sign up for Pure VPN for $2.08 per month for a two-year plan + 3 free months ($49.95 in total), $3.24 per month for a one-year plan or $10.95 per month for a monthly plan. Pure VPN offers more than 6,5000 servers in over 78 countries across the world, as well as 24-hour live chat support. Read on for step-by-step instructions for how to watch Eurovision 2023 in the US with PureVPN’s free trial.
How can viewers watch Eurovision 2023 live online? Eurovision is available to stream on Peacock, which offers three plans: Peacock Free, which users can sign up for with just their email; Peacock Premium, which includes ads and costs $4.99 per month; and Peacock Premium Plus, which is ad-free and costs $9.99 per month. To watch the Eurovision 2023 live, however, users will need to sign up for Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.
Who’s hosting Eurovision 2023? The contest will be hosted by Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham and beloved talk show host Graham Norton.
Who’s performing at Eurovision 2023? Obviously, the main event is musical performances from the following countries, with their artist name and songs listed below:
Last year’s winners Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine will open with a powerful performance titled “Voices of a New Generation” followed by their winning song “Stefania”. There’ll also be other Ukrainian performers from previous Eurovision contests: Go_A, Jamala, Verka Serduchka, and Tina Karol.
How does Eurovision work? Per the official website, Eurovision is an internationally televised songwriting competition, organized by the European Broadcasting Union and featuring participants chosen by EBU member broadcasters representing their countries from across Europe and beyond. Each participating broadcaster has until mid-March to choose a song and an artist to perform it. The song and artist can be selected through a televised national selection show (or shows), an internal process, or via any other means they decide.
The main rules relating to competing songs and artists are:
In each show, after all of the songs have been performed, each country will give two sets of points (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12) to their favorite songs; one set is given by a jury of five music industry professionals from that country, and one set given by viewers watching the show in the country. Viewers can vote by telephone, SMS, and through the official app but out of fairness, you cannot vote for your own country. At the end of the Grand Final, the song that has received the most points wins the iconic trophy and is performed once more.
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