The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Europe’s most famous singing competition, returns this week. For those unfamiliar with the contest, European countries each submit one original song to be performed live by a singer or band from their respective country. The competing countries cast their votes for other countries’ songs to determine a winner. The contest has been around since 1956, making it one of the longest-running annual, international televised music competitions.
The contest is usually held in the country of the winner from the previous year. However, the 2022 winner, Ukraine, will not host due to its war with Russia. The 2023 contest will instead take place in Liverpool, U.K. The semifinals will be hosted by Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Julia Sanina (The X Factor Ukraine), and Alesha Dixon (Australia’s Got Talent), with Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show) joining the trio for the final.
Learn how to watch this year’s contest below!
In the U.S., the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be streaming on Peacock. The first semifinal airs at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 9. The second semifinal air at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 11.
The contest ends with the Grand Final at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 13.
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Eurovision begins streaming on Tuesday, May 9, for subscribers.
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If American Idol became an Olympic sport, the result would be Eurovision. The contest combines the competition of a singing show with the national pride exhibited in the Olympics. The result is an entertaining musical celebration of epic proportions.
You never know if you’re going to witness the next star-in-the-making performance. Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, ABBA, Katrina & the Waves, Bonnie Tyler, and Måneskin have all participated in Eurovision. Will the 2023 contest produce the next great pop sensation? The only way to find out is to watch on Peacock!