UK broadcast of Eurovision Semi-Finals moves to new home on BBC Three
From May 2022, the live Semi-Final television broadcasts of the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom will be moving to their new home on BBC Three
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Back on BBC Three for the first time since 2015, Scott Mills and Rylan Clark will be on commentary duty, overseeing proceedings and bringing viewers back in the UK all the action live from the PalaOlimpico Arena in Turin, Italy.
The first Semi-Final on Tuesday 10 May will see performances from Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Portugal and Armenia.
The second Semi-Final on Thursday 12 May will see performances from Australia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Israel, Malta, San Marino, Serbia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Sweden.
BBC Three viewers watching the second Semi-Final will also be able to vote for their favourite performances of the evening in the televote.
The Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest will determine which countries join The 'Big 5' (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) in the Grand Final, which will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on Saturday 14 May 2022.
Scott Mills says: “Eurovision is one of my highlights of the year! I’m so looking forward to getting back in the commentary box with Rylan and bringing BBC Three viewers all the action from Turin.”
Rylan Clark says: “I’m so excited to be back for Eurovision 2022 and even more excited to be heading to BBC Three! Myself and Scott love the show and after a few years away from the physical Eurovision bubble we both can’t wait to bring you ALL the semi-final action live from Turin. We promise we will make this year bigger and better than ever before and I can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”
Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three says: “Eurovision and BBC Three have shared DNA, both proudly celebrating diversity, universality and inclusivity. I am delighted to welcome the UK broadcasts of the Semi-Finals back to their spiritual home on BBC Three.”
Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor says: “Eurovision is one of the most popular Entertainment programmes on the BBC and is much loved by our younger audiences, so we cannot wait to bring viewers on BBC Three the live show from Turin full of the songs and surprises that the Semi-Finals always throw up too.”
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals and Grand Final continue to be amongst the most popular Entertainment programmes on the BBC, with the most recent Semi-Final broadcast on BBC Four reaching an average audience of 730K and the Grand Final reaching an average audience of 7.8 million (BBC 30 Day All Screens) in the UK, making the Grand Final the most watched in the UK since 2014.
Eurovision is also one of the most popular Entertainment programmes for younger audiences on the BBC, with 1.5 million 16-34 year olds tuning in for the Grand Final last year.
Further details regarding Eurovision 2022 will be announced in due course and for the latest information on the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2022, follow @bbceurovision on Twitter and Instagram and BBC Eurovision on Facebook.
The BBC’s Eurovision coverage is a BBC Studios Entertainment production, commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producer and Head Of Delegation is Andrew Cartmell, and the series producer and Assistant Head of Delegation is Lee Smithurst. Suzy Lamb is the MD for BBC Studios Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
Source BBC Three
February 4, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC Three