For the third year in a row, Logo will air the exclusive U.S. broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s biggest music and entertainment competition show. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Ross Mathews and Shangela will be on hand to provide colorful commentary during the show, airing live and commercial-free, Saturday, May 12.
The event will also be simulcast on Logo’s website, the LogoTV mobile app, and on Logo’s YouTube channel.
“Logo is thankful to once again partner with the EBU as the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for the global phenomenon that is the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo.
“The stateside audience for this one-of-a-kind celebration of song, performance and cultural pride continues to grow with our audience and we’re thrilled to provide a viewing home for the legion of fans in the United States.”
Last year, Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the competition with his performance of “Amar Pelos Dois.” The winning country hosts the following year’s Grand Final, so Eurovision will be broadcast from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, this year.
“The EBU is very pleased to once again collaborate with Logo for the third year running to broadcast the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest for US audiences,” said Jon Ola Sand, EBU’s Head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Song Contest. “True to this year’s motto: ’All Aboard!,’ we are thrilled that the Contest is growing popularity in the United States and through Logo we’re able to bring the competition to a new excited audience.”
This year’s competition will feature 43 acts, tying the record for the most countries participating in a single year.
Over its storied history, Eurovision has catapulted performers like ABBA, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John and Julio Iglesias to stardom. Austrian drag performer Conchita Wurst broke new ground in 2014, when she won with her her song “Rise Like a Phoenix.”
The 2018 Eurovision Grand Final will air live and commercial free on Saturday, May 12 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.