Whether you watch it for the music, the costumes or the cheese factor, Eurovision is quality television. Here’s everything you need to know about watching the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Australia, including when it starts, how to vote in the competition live and where to watch online for free.
When does the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest start?
The Eurovision Song Contest is spread over three nights. The first Semi Final kicks off on Wednesday, 10 May. The second Semi Final commences on Friday, 12 May. The Grand Final is scheduled for Sunday, 14 May.
How to watch the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on free-to-air TV (primetime)
Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast across three nights on SBS. Hardcore fans can watch each round live in the early morning (see below). For everyone else, these are the times and dates to mark in your calendar:
- Semi Final 1: Friday 12 May, 7.30pm (AEST)
- Semi Final 2: Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm (AEST)
- Grand Final: Sunday 14 May, 7.30pm (AEST)
How to watch the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest live
SBS will be broadcasting both semi finals and Grand Final live from Kyiv on its main channel. The dates are as follows: Semi Final 1: Wednesday 10 May, 5am (AEST). Semi Final 2: Friday 12 May, 5am, (AEST). Grand Final: Sunday 14 May, 5am
How to watch the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest online
You can live stream the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest via the SBS On Demand app.
How to vote in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
As a participating country, Australia is eligible to vote in Semi Final 1 and the Grand Final. To vote, you need to watch the live broadcasts (see above) and nominate your favourite after the final song has been performed. Voters are only given a 15 minute window, so you need to be quick!
To cast your vote, simply ring or text the numbers that appear onscreen. Fans can vote up to 20 times from the one phone, but it isn’t free: fixed phone and SMS votes cost $0.55 each.
How to listen to the Eurovision Song Contest on radio
SBS Radio 4 will be broadcasting Eurovision songs 24 hours a day from Monday 1 to Sunday 14 May. The radio coverage includes a simulcast of the Semi-Finals and Grand finals. Click here to learn how to listen to SBS Radio 4 online.
2017 Eurovision Song Contest: who is singing from Australia?
This year, Australia is represented by Isaiah Firebrace, a 17-year old singer who won season eight of The X Factor Australia. You can watch the song he will be performing below:
The best Eurovision songs ever
Following Wednesday’s live semi final, SBS will be screening Eurovision Top 40 Songs which does exactly what it says on the tin. Aussie hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will present the Top 40 songs from Eurovision’s 60 year history as voted by Australia’s Eurovision fans, along with interviews with past winners. (We’re betting ABBA’s Waterloo takes out #1.)