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Eurovision Grand Final 2021: Start Time, Live Stream, Rotterdam Final Contestants List

The three-day global sensation, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, reaches its high note on Saturday, May 22, 2021, for the Grand Final. What started with 39 contestants quickly filtered down to 26 remaining acts, of which one will be named the 64th Eurovision Song Contest Champion. Click here to watch the Grand Final online

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How Does the Contest Work

Each year, the Eurovision Song Contest shares a theme, like 2021’s “Open Up”. Then, broadcasters from the participating nations put forth an artist from their country to perform an original song around that theme. The artist can be a solo performer or group, a national superstar, or a completely new talent, and the song doesn’t have to be unique to them, though it can’t have been previously recorded elsewhere. The selected performer(s) then perform the song in front of a live audience at the Semi-Finals.

Using a system of fair-international polling as well as a point process by a jury panel of guests, acts are selected to advance to the semi-finals, and be one of the remaining 26 at the Grand Final event. Six acts from the 39 automatically advance to the Final without facing elimination in the previous voting processes. In addition to the hosting nation’s act, a group called the “Big 5” is guaranteed to be in the Grand Final. The “Big 5” are the representing performers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This year’s host is The Netherlands.

How Does the Grand Final Work

In the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, the acts once again perform the selected original song live. No live instruments are used in the final. International voting from viewers at home takes place using text and telephone services as well as the app. The previously mentioned guest jury panel also distributed their points. It should be noted that, in the spirit of fair competition, home viewers can’t vote for their own country’s performer. The winner is decided by the vote totals.

Watch Eurovision Grand 2021: Live Stream

While it wasn’t originally scheduled to air on any US channels, NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock is streaming all three days. If you are in the UK, you can watch it on BBC, with the semifinals on BBC Four and the grand final on BBC One.