HALLELUJAH!!! Prayers have been answered – Eurovision is returning to U.S. television screens!
As part of their deal to be the broadcast home for the upcoming launch of The American Song Contest, NBCUniversal has put together a deal to air the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest – ALL OF IT – on their streaming network, Peacock!
Unlike the European Broadcast Union‘s deal with Logo TV, who carried only the live finals from 2016-2018, and their deal with Netflix, which carried the show on a same day tape delay in 2019, Peacock will air ALL THREE Eurovision broadcasts LIVE in the United States beginning at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT.
Specifics about the U.S. Airings have not yet been announced, but I believe that it will air without commentary. Because of the deal with Peacock, you will NOT be able to watch ESC this year on YouTube in the U.S. without access to a VPN, because they will return to geoblocking the actual contests in the U.S. this year.; Eurovision relaxed geoblocking last year due to the special nature of the circumstances during the worldwide pandemic.
As of this morning, 38 of the 39 acts will be performing live in Rotterdam; Australia will be using their approved ‘live on tape’ performance due to travel restrictions from their home country, but it will likely be so seamlessly edited you will probably never notice it. There could be other ‘live-on-tape’ performances edited in depending on pandemic issues, and they will likely be announced ahead of time.
TKR will have ongoing coverage of all the various events surrounding Eurovision Week, so make sure you stay tuned in here. Due to current circumstances, although I am not likely to be live-blogging as I have done during the semi-finals the past three years, I will have recaps of each show up, both on the website and on TKR Video Central on YouTube, shortly after each semi-final and I will be live tweeting during the finals on Saturday, although I am working on something else that might be possible for Saturday that COULD happen as yet – stay tuned for details.
For all the bitching I’ve done over the past year about what a STUPID name NBCUniversal gave their streaming service, I am forever grateful to the powers that be – once you’ve seen ESC, you are easily hooked, and this will make it so much easier for U.S. fans to see the show – THANK YOU NBC UNIVERSAL for making Peacock the NEW U.S. home of the Eurovision Song Contest!