April 18, 2018

SBS announces Eurovision programming, voting details

SBS announces Eurovision programming, voting details

In the run-up to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest next month in Lisbon, Portugal, SBS announced its schedule and voting details.

The event will be live and prime time May 9—13 on SBS TV, radio and online, with Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst returning as hosts from Altice Arena.

The Feed’s Jan Fran will bring audiences the colour and culture of Lisbon outside the arena.

Australian representative Jessica Mauboy will perform ‘We Got Love’ on the Eurovision stage on May 11 to an estimated 200 million viewing audience.

Australians will be able to vote again this year during the early morning broadcasts, in the semi-final in which Australia 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 of the 43 participating countries.

Australia’s jury will be announced soon.

The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.

Australian voters have to tune in to the live broadcast of semi-final 2 on May 11 at 5am (AEST) and the grand final on May 13 at 5am (AEST) and text or call the numbers that appear on screen during these broadcasts.

SBS also has introduced new programs to widen out a week of Eurovision-mania.

Eurovision Top 40 Songs debuts on May 5 with an encore on May 9 before semifinal 1.

Destination Flavour Eurovision, hosted by Adam Liaw, will premiere on May 10.

On May 12, Warhurst and Creasey will present a two-hour TV special Eurovision Top 40 Controversies.

These are produced by SBS’s Eurovision production partner Blink TV.

TELEVISION

Semifinal 1: Wednesday May 9, 7.30pm, SBS

Semifinal 2: Friday May 11, 7.30pm, SBS – featuring Jessica Mauboy

Grand final: Sunday May 13, 7.30pm, SBS

The Eurovision Song Contest – Live early morning broadcasts

Semifinal 1: Wednesday May 9, 5am (AEST) SBS

Semifinal 2: Friday May 11, 5am (AEST) SBS – featuring Jessica Mauboy

Grand Final: Sunday May 13, 5am (AEST) SBS

Other Eurovision programs:

Destination Flavour Eurovision: Thursday May 10, 8.30pm SBS

Eurovision Top 40 Controversies: Saturday May 12, 7.30pm SBS

ONLINE

The SBS website is the hub for all the latest news from Lisbon, and articles delving into Eurovision culture, politics and the artists.

Warhurst and Creasey give updates; cameras catch up on all of Mauboy’s preparations and get all the latest gossip, exclusive videos, pictures and behind-the-scenes video interviews with artists.

RADIO

SBS Radio celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest in more than 20 languages, bringing audiences exclusive news and Eurovision artist interviews in English and in language.

Download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.