Here’s How To (Legally) Watch the Eurovision 2016 Finale Live in the United States
American Eurovision fans: No need to rely on faulty torrents or dubious satellite feeds to watch this year's grand finale live (not that you would do that...) — Logo will air the main event straight from Stockholm.
The European Broadcasting Union announced this morning (May 2) that the Viacom channel — which most famously airs Rupaul's Drag Race — will broadcast the conclusion of the 61st annual competition. The event will kick off on Saturday, May 14 at 3 PM EST, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and will also stream via LogoTV.com and the Logo app.
Preceding semifinal performances are set for May 10 and May 12.
Officially called the Eurovision Song Contest, the competition annually hosts pop-representatives from countries across the EU who deliver over-the-top performances in hopes of a first-place finish. Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow took the title in 2015 with an electropop performance of "Hero" and Austria's Conchita Wurst won in 2014.
"We are thrilled that the world’s biggest entertainment show is being broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time,” Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said, according to THR. “The Eurovision Song Contest is now a truly global phenomenon, and we are extremely happy that U.S viewers now get to join those all over Europe, Australia and Asia in experiencing the grand final of the world’s longest running annual TV music competition."
Eurovision will air in each delegate's home nation as well as China, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Portugal. Nearly 200 million viewers tuned in to the 2015 event.
Are you a Eurovision fan? What are you hoping to see from this year's show?
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