Eurovision 2021: What time is the song contest on TV?

EUROVISION fans are eagerly excited for Eurovision 2021 after last year's singing competition was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The UK will be represented by the talented James Newman with his song Embers in tonight's final. Here's everything you need to know…

What time is Eurovision 2021 on TV?

The long-awaited Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will take place tonight on Saturday May 22, 2021 at 8.00pm.

It will be broadcast until around 11.30pm.

The semi-finals of the competition were be held on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May.

This is the 65th Eurovision Song Contest and 26 countries are taking part in the grand final emanating from the Rotterdam Ahoy in the Netherlands.

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Where is Eurovision 2021 being held?

Eurovision 2021 will take place this evening in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The country won the 2019 contest, so as per Eurovision tradition, the winning nation hosts the competition the following year.

The 2020 competition was due to take place in the city but was cancelled because of Covid-19.

It was set to be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy stadium after Duncan Laurence won the competition with the song 'Arcade'.

After the event was cancelled, the stadium was used as an emergency coronavirus hospital.

But it is back in use for 2021 where stars will be taking to the stage.

It marks the fifth time the Netherlands has hosted the competition.

Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s new Executive Supervisor. said: “It’s vitally important that the Eurovision Song Contest returns next year, and we’re pleased to have the necessary commitment from our Members in the Netherlands to bring this much-loved show back to audiences across the world.”

“I firmly believe that all of us involved in the Eurovision Song Contest will stand united through challenges and change to bring the Contest back stronger than ever, ensuring its longevity for decades to come.”

What is the UK's entry to Eurovision 2021?

James Newman will be singing for the UK in this year's Eurovision this evening.

The older brother of fellow singer John Newman was meant to represent the UK in the competition last year before the event was cancelled.

The 35-year-old was selected again, but was tasked with writing an even better song than the year before.

The singer has revealed he will be singing a brand new song called Embers.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, he said: “Embers is about those sparks that don’t die out. When we were writing this, it felt like I wanted to show everyone that we were coming back together.

“It’s about having that connection and something reigniting. It’s about us emerging from this rubbish time we’ve been having. It fits with the idea that Eurovision is coming back.”

Who is presenting Eurovision 2021?

BBC One will be broadcasting the competition live and fan favourite Graham Norton will be commentating.

The competition will also be covered by BBC Radio 2, where Ken Bruce will be providing commentary.

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