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How To Watch Eurovision In Ireland

How To Watch Eurovision In Ireland

After a one-year hiatus, Eurovision is back this week. The European singing contest extravaganza kicks off on Tuesday night, with the final coming on Saturday - and we have all the info you need on how to watch Eurovision in Ireland.

Where is Eurovision being held?

This year's Eurovision contest is being hosted by the 2019 winners, the Netherlands. The three nights of the concert will take place at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, with an audience of 3,500.

When is Eurovision being held?

The two semi-finals take place on Tuesday and Thursday night, with the Grand Final on Saturday night. The UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and France all qualify for the final automatically, with the rest of the contestants having to fight their way through one of the semi-finals.

How to watch Eurovision in Ireland?

The two semi-finals are being broadcast live on RTÉ 2, with coverage on Tuesday and Thursday fronted by Marty Whelan and kicking off at 8pm. BBC 4 are also showing the two semi-finals live.

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On Saturday night, the final is live on RTÉ One and BBC One, with coverage again starting at 8pm. Marty Whelan presents RTÉ's coverage, with Graham Norton doing the honours on BBC.

Are Ireland competing in Eurovision?

Ireland is once again sending a hopeful to Eurovision, with Dublin woman Lesley Roy flying the flag in Rotterdam. She was due to perform at last year's contest before it was cancelled. She will perform her song 'Maps' in Tuesday's semi-final.

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Roy is seventh in Tuesday's running order, and is looking to become Ireland's first finalist at Eurovision since Ryan O'Shaughnessy in 2018.

What else to look out for at Eurovision?

Last year's Iceland entry, 'Think About Things' by Dadi Freyr, was a worldwide hit, and it was a travesty that it didn't get to take the stage. Thankfully Dadi Freyr is back again this year, with another banger.

Fingers crossed they will be able to perform, as a positive COVID test in their crew has left them waiting on a second PCR test before they can confirm their participation in Thursday's semi-final.

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How to watch Eurovision

Eoin Harrington

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