The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Grand Final will be broadcast live this Saturday night (18 May). We’ve put together a guide to watching the Eurovision Song Contest online, so you’ll be able to follow it even if you haven’t got access to a TV screen or are watching from abroad.
We’ve also got information about how to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest and information about this year’s contestants.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK
Eurovision 2019, which will represent the 64th year of the competition, is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18 May, and will be shown from 8pm on BBC One in the UK – with commentary, as always, from Graham Norton.
One of the two semi-finals is out of the way, but the second is still yet to come – that’ll air on BBC Four at 8pm on 16 May.
You’ll also be able to watch the show live on the BBC One website, or on iPlayer shortly after broadcast online or on the BBC iPlayer app on your tablet or smartphone.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from the US
If you’re in the US things are a little trickier. Last year cable channel Logo broadcast the show, but it’s decided not to renew the rights for 2019, once again leaving the show without an American home.
With that in mind, the best option to watch Eurovision in the US is to install a VPN, which you can use to watch the whole thing online on the BBC website. Our usual VPN recommendation is NordVPN, which has a good balance of price, reliability, and features, but check out our full guide to the best VPN for streaming if you want to consider other options.
How to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest
The easiest way to vote for your favourite act in the Eurovision Song Contest this year is by downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet. It’s available from Google Play, the iOS App Store and the Windows Store, and it’s free to download.
Once you’ve got the app, you’ll be able to find out more about the participants from the countries taking part, and you’ll also be able to find out the latest Eurovision news.
But more importantly, you can cast your vote using the app simply by clicking on the vote button and choosing your favourite. You can vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from.
It’s worth noting that you can only vote if you’re in one of the 41 participating countries – so US fans can only observe, we’re afraid.
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 contestants
The official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel has hundreds of videos of this year’s contestants so you can get to know them before they take to the stage on Saturday (be warned, it might actually put you off watching…). You can see videos from the Semifinals, and watch performances and behind-the-scenes videos of all of the acts.
The UK is being represented by Michael Rice, with a song called Bigger Than Us. He’s a 21-year-old former busker from Hartlepool who made it to the bootcamp stages on X-Factor in 2014, before winning the BBC talent show All Together Now, and then making it through Eurovision: You Decide. So he’s good at TV talent shows at least. Watch the official music video of the British song below: