Eurovision Song Contest Airing In The U.S. For The First Time On Logo

The campiest competition this side of "Drag Race" comes to Logo on May 14 at 3pm.

For more than 60 years, Europe has been home to the biggest, boldest, campiest music competition on Earth: The Eurovision Song Contest.

And on Saturday, May 14 at 3pm, the 61st annual Eurovision Grand Final will air live and commercial-free on Logo, the first time it’s been shown in the United States.

Eurovision is the world’s most watched live non-sporting TV event, attracting nearly 200 million television viewers worldwide.

Celebrating the theme “Come Together,” this year’s competition will be held in the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where acts from 42 countries will sing live and battle for the coveted trophy and the right to host next year’s contest in their home country.

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It’s an eclectic mix of power ballads and bubblegum pop paired with intricate elaborate costumes and pyrotechnics, all wrapped up in national pride.


Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Julio Iglesias and ABBA were all launched out of Eurovision and, two years ago, Austria’s Conchita Wurst became the first drag performer to win the competition, with her performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix.”

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This year’s contenders include the UK’s Joe and Jake, gay Israeli singer Hovi Star and Belarus singer Ivan, who reportedly plans to sing in the nude accompanied by live wolves.

Watch Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on Saturday, May 14 at 3pm on Logo and streaming on

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.