So much of the magic that makes the Eurovision Song Contest a sight to behold is the live broadcast of the competition. Eurovision features dancers, video screens, pyrotechnics, bizarre props, the occasional hologram, and 4% of the world’s glittery confetti supply. If you are in the United States, here’s how you can watch Eurovision and see what Europe is up to these days.
Since 2016, Logo has broadcast the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Logo will air the 2018 Eurovision Grand Final live on Saturday, May 12, at 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. The show will feature commentary from RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews and three-time contestant Shangela. However, Logo will not be airing either of the semi-finals.
A livestream of both semi-finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be available on Eurovision’s YouTube channel. Unfortunately, this will be geoblocked for viewers in the United States.1 Here are some workarounds if you want to watch either of the semi-finals:
That third option is probably your best bet. We strongly recommend Sweden’s feed, available on the SVT website or through the SVT Play app (iOS / Android). The app offers the highest quality video, a stable connection, and plays nicely with Chromecast or AppleTV. Also, Sweden treats Eurovision with the same reverence as a papal address, so the commentators won’t be chatty or distracting. The broadcasts are also available for viewing after the live show if you need to watch a performance again (and again and again) or if your schedule doesn’t allow for watching during the day.2
Eurovision is best enjoyed as a communal experience—it’s much more fun to scream “what is happening?!” in a room full of other people expressing the same thought.
If you aren’t up for hosting your own Eurovision party or you don’t have the means to watch the show3, there may be a bar or cultural center near you hosting their own event. If you know of such a place, let us know so we can add the Eurovision viewing party to our list!
|Albatross Bar||Astoria, NY||3619 24th Ave||(718) 204-9707||Website||2:30 PM|
|Mary's Attic||Chicago, IL||5400 N. Clark Street (Above Hamburger Mary's)||(773) 784-6969||Website||2:00 PM|
|R Public House||Chicago, IL||1508 W Jarvis||(872) 208-7916||Website||2:00 PM|
|DANK Haus German American Cultural Center||Chicago, IL||4740 N Western Avenue||(773) 561-9181||Website||2:00 PM|
|Sidetrack the Video Bar||Chicago, IL||3349 N Halsted||(773) 477-9189||Website||2:00 PM|
|Scandinavian Church and Center||Davie, FL||2950 S Flamingo Road||(954) 533-3521||Website||2:30 PM|
|Sterling House||Houston, TX||3015 Bagby||(281) 972-0577||Website||1:30 PM|
|Monty Hall||Jersey City, NJ||43 Montgomery St||Website||2:30 PM|
|AKBAR||Los Angeles, CA||4356 W Sunset Blvd||(323) 665-6810||Website||11:30 AM|
|The Saloon||Minneapolis, MN||830 Hennepin Ave||(612) 332-0835||Website||1:00 PM|
|Cabaret Mado||Montreal, Quebec||1115 Ste-Catherine Est||+1 514-525-7566||Website||2:30 PM|
|Hardware Bar||New York, NY||697 10th Ave||(212) 924-9885||Website||2:00 PM|
|The Liberty NYC||New York, NY||29 W 35th St||(212) 967-4000||Website||2:00 PM|
|Tonic Bar||New York, NY||727 7th Ave||(212) 382-1059||Website||2:30 PM|
|Sarajevo Lounge||Seattle, WA||2332 1st Ave||(206) 448-9000||Website||11:00 AM|
|The Last Call Bar||San Francisco, CA||3988 18th St.||(415) 861-1310||Website||11:00 AM|
|Paupers Pub||Toronto, Ontario||539 Bloor Street West||+1 416-530-1331||Website||2:00 PM|
|Number Nine||Washington, DC||1435 P St NW||(202) 986-0999||Website||3:00 PM|
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