It's going to be big! This year, the Italian city of Turin will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, and we're bringing you all the action across five big days.
This year's theme is The Sound of Beauty, and there's sure to be plenty of beautiful sounds flooding the stage. With Sheldon Riley about to perform Not the Same in front of a worldwide audience of more than 180 million, SBS is a one stop shop for everything you need to get swept up in Eurovision fever.
The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand from 11 to 15 May, with primetime broadcasts on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May at 8.30pm, and Sunday 15 May at 7.30pm.
Sheldon Riley will compete for Australia in Semi Final 2, up against The Rasmus from Finland who will be opening the show with a bang, fan favourite Swedish singer-songwriter Cornelia Jakobs and one of Sheldon’s favourite competitors, Krystian Ochman from Poland.
You can see the list of countries in Semi Final 1 here and Semi Final 2 here. Usually six countries automatically qualify for the Grand Final - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, plus each year's host country, so in 2022, with Italy hosting, that means there are five acts already in the final. That leaves 21 slots in the final up, and the competition will be hot.
SBS’s exclusive coverage will once again be in the capable hands of music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey who will bring their witty banter to the commentary booth as they guide Australia through the glitz, glamour and madness of the Semi-Finals and spectacular Grand Final direct from PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy. They will also report backstage with exclusive interviews and gossip with contestants and a behind the scenes look at the contest.
WATCH ON SBS AND SBS ON DEMAND
Primetime evening broadcasts
Semi Final 1 – Friday 13 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS
Semi Final 2 – Saturday 14 May, 8.30pm (AEST), SBS **FEATURING SHELDON RILEY
Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm (AEST), SBS
LIVE early morning broadcasts
Semi Final 1 – Wednesday 11 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Semi Final 2 – Friday 13 May, 5am (AEST) SBS **FEATURING SHELDON RILEY
Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
There will also be a replay of the Semi Finals (Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May, 11.30 am) and Grand Final (Monday 15 May from noon) on SBS VICELAND.
Last year's Eurovision Song Contest is also streaming now at SBS OnDemand.
As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi Final in which their country is participating, as well as the Grand Final. The viewers’ votes make up 50% of the final result. The other 50% of the vote is decided by a National Jury in each participating country. The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.
For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the LIVE broadcast of Semi Final 2 on Friday May 13 at 5am (AEST) and the Grand Final on Sunday 15 May at 5am (AEST) and follow the voting prompts that appear on screen during the live broadcasts.
MUSIC AT THE MOVIES
SBS World Movies celebrates Eurovision with a season of musical movie favourites from around the globe, weeknights at 9.30pm from Monday 9 May:Wild Rose (2018) Monday, 9 May at 9.30pm Hairspray (1988) Tuesday, 10 May at 9.30pm Inside Llewyn Davis (2014) Wednesday, 11 May at 9.35pm The Commitments (1991) Thursday, 12 May at 9.30pm Jersey Boys (2014) Friday, 13 May at 9.35pm Sing Street (2016) Monday, 16 May at 9.30pm Behind The Candelabra (2013) Tuesday, 17 May at 9.30pm Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007) Wednesday, 18 May at 9.30pm The Blues Brothers (1980) Thursday, 19 May at 9.30pm A Star Is Born (1976) Friday, 20 May at 9.30pm For more news, profiles and Eurovision party food ideas, visit sbs.com.au/Eurovision, and join the conversation using #SBSEurovision