The Eurovision Song Contest is back for 2019 in its 64th edition of the fabulous competition. This year the event is set to take place at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre in Israel after the country won in 2018 with Netta’s song “Toy”. The singing action will really get going at the two semi-finals due to start on May 14 and 16 before the final on May 18 – and we have all the information here about getting a Eurovision live stream.
Eurovision Song Contest – key dates and times
The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals start in Tel Aviv, Israel from May 14.
Semi Final 1 is on Tuesday May 14 at 10pm local time (8pm BST, 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 5am AEST).
Semi Final 2 is hosted on Thursday May 16 at 10pm local time (80m BST, 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 5am AEST).
The grand final itself starts on Saturday May 18 at 10pm local time (8pm BST, 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 5am AEST).
In total 17 acts will perform in the first semi-final with 18 due to sing in the second semi-final. The top ten from each will progress to join the host nation Israel as well as the “Big Five” of the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, for a 26 act final event.
Bulgaria has dropped out this year due to financial reasons (Eurovision isn’t cheap to enter), while the Ukraine is also out – the country’s singer, Maruv, explained: “I am a musician, rather than a tool of the political stage”.
Representing the UK is 21-year-old singer Michael Rice who was voted in after competing on the BBC’s You Decide selection show. He will sing a song called “Bigger Than US” which was written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Khara Folin, Jonas Thander, and John Lundvik.
Once everyone has performed Madonna is set to take to the stage for a final performance.
Winners are picked based on viewers’ votes and with up to 20 votes available per song, it’s important to play your part if you want to be involved. So watching the event is key and we’re going to tell you exactly how you can live stream the Eurovision 2019 song contest from wherever you are in the world.
This year the semi-final events, as well as the grand final, will all be available to watch via the Eurovision YouTube channel. This means easy access through any device that you can get at YouTube with. The downside? You’ll miss out on the commentary. Perhaps that’s a positive if you’re hosting a Eurovision party and really like the limelight.
How to live stream Eurovision 2019 in the UK:
Good old aunty Beeb will be broadcasting the entire Eurovision Song Contest for free. That means you can watch the main final via the BBC 1 on your TV from 8pm BST but it also means you can enjoy it online via the iPlayer with Graham Norton as your wise-cracking host. For the semi-finals you’ll need to find your way over to BBC4 where Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal will be commentating.
Another great way to access the content from any device you need to use is by using TVPlayer.com or – if you’d sooner ditch the commentary – on Eurovision’s official YouTube channel. You can watch the Eurovision final from anywhere in the world using this and a VPN, here’s how.
Live stream Eurovision 2019 for free anywhere else in the world:
1. Download and install a VPN
If you don’t have easy access to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 online where you are, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
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2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location – it’s super easy to do. Choose UK if you want to stream its coverage of Eurovision.
3. Go to TVPlayer.com
This is a great service and, crucially, is a free and legal way to stream live all the Eurovision fun you can handle from Israel, not matter where you are at the time. TVPlayer.com gives you access to tonnes more channels without even having to register your email address.
How to live stream Eurovision 2019 in Australia for free:
Since Australia’s SBS is airing the whole final it should be easy to enjoy it on the big screen. That also means you can get all the fun online using the SBS On Demand service that works on multiple devices – ideal if you’re on the go. Just remember to set your alarm if you want to watch all the singers live, as the show begins at 5am AEST.
Find out more in our full guide on live streaming Eurovision in Australia.
How to live stream Eurovision 2019 – US stream:
The Eurovision Song Contest will not be broadcast by Logo this year.
How to watch Eurovision 2019 in Canada for free:
This year OMNI Television will broadcast the Eurovision 2019 event in Canada.
But if you’re out of Canada at the time but are still interested, scroll up to see how you can enjoy the contest using a VPN. It means you can watch everything for free from elsewhere on a tablet or phone.
How to watch Eurovision 2019 in New Zealand this year:
New Zealand’s usual Eurovision broadcaster, UKTV, will not be airing the event this year. But you don’t need to be home in New Zealand to enjoy. You can still watch all the action online using a VPN. Check out how easy that is up the page with our handy guide.