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How To Watch Eurovision 2021 In New Zealand

It is the world’s biggest music contest, and this year, the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, after last year’s Contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re eager to watch from super down under, put down your network television remote: here’s how to watch and when!

All shows will be streamed live on the EBU’s official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel for New Zealand viewers, with no commentary. VOD will also be available on YouTube.

For the schedule of shows, check out the show descriptions below. We’ll update this page with a direct embed of the live streams once they’re available. Viewers from New Zealand cannot vote in any live show.


Wednesday 19th May, 7:00 AM on YouTube

In the first semi-final, the first group of countries in the Eurovision 2021 line-up will compete for a place in Sunday’s Grand Final.

The 16 countries competing are: Lithuania, Slovenia, Russia, Sweden, Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta.

The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence, who is the most recent winner, will open the show.

Friday 21st May, 7:00 AM on YouTube

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will feature 17 different acts taking to the stage in the hope of securing a place in Sunday’s Grand Final.

Competing this evening are: San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark.

Grand Final

Sunday 23rd May, 7:00 AM on YouTube

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, will be hosted by Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager (also known as NikkieTutorials) and broadcast live on YouTube.

All the qualifying acts from the semi-finals will join hosts Netherlands plus the ‘Big Five’ countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the Grand Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest from The Ahoy in Rotterdam.

Interval performances will be brought to you by Dutch DJ Afrojack featuring Glennis Grace and Wulf.  They will perform Music Binds Us, a specially commissioned piece for the Grand Final.

Duncan Laurence, the Eurovision 2019 winner, will also take to the stage as he performs his winning song Arcade. Plus, there will be a multi-act performance entitled Rock The Roof, which will feature six former Eurovision winners – Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is produced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with national broadcasters, NPO/NOS/AVROTROS.