Watch the live stream of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023
Eurovision has really taken over Liverpool this week, with two semi-finals and the grand final all taking place. The final is live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 13 May from 8pm.
Watch for free on BBC iPlayer anywhere in the world with a VPN. Here’s how.
Watch Eurovision live stream 2023: preview
Tonight, the UK hosts the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 1998. A year after Sam Ryder came second, the 2023 competition will take place in Liverpool as the 2022 winners Ukraine cannot host for obvious reasons. The competition has been running for a whopping 67 years and seems to get more crazy with each episode. This year’s pledges will be one of the most famous to date.
Two semi-finals have already taken place in Liverpool this week. For the grand final, 26 countries will compete to see who will be crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The big five – the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy – automatically qualify each year, as did last year’s winners, but the others must earn their spot. And there are some standouts among them. Britain’s Mae Muller looks positively subdued next to Australia’s Perth Traveler (opens in new tab)or that of Germany Lord of the lost (opens in new tab). And that is what Eurovision is all about.
Graham Norton will be present at the presentations, along with Alesha Dixon and Emmy Award-winning actress Hannah Waddingham, while Norton and Mel Giedroyc will take turns in the commentary box. There will be musical performances from last year’s winners, Kalush Orchestra, Sam Ryder, and previous entrants including GO_A, Jamala, Tina Karol, Verka Serducha, Netta and Sonia (celebrating 30 years since she was runner-up in 1993).
British nationals can watch a live stream of a Eurovision final on BBC iPlayer for free. Below we explain all the details on how to watch the Eurovision Song Contest final in the US, Australia and beyond.
How to watch a free live stream of the Eurovision Song Contest final
In the UK, the Eurovision final is broadcast free of charge on BBC One and streamed live BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab).
To watch on BBC iPlayer, all you need to do is sign up for one BBC account (opens in new tab) with an email address and a UK postcode (e.g. W1A 1AA).
Of course, BBC iPlayer is still ONLY available in the UK. Away from the UK?
Use our best VPN to access BBC iPlayer from abroad. (opens in new tab)
Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Watch the Eurovision final from abroad with a VPN
Even if you have a BBC account, you cannot access BBC iPlayer outside the UK. The service knows your location based on your IP address and automatically blocks your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet. We’ve tested the best VPN services and rate ExpressVPN as the best all-rounder…
How to use a VPN for the Eurovision Song Contest final
Using a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad is incredibly easy.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open the VPN app and choose the location of the service you want to access. For the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, choose ‘VK’ for BBC iPlayer.
3. Then go to BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and watch the Eurovision final for free!
You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab)which also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in new tab) who provides assistance 24 hours a day. Both performed very well in our tests.
USA: Watch the live stream of the Eurovision Song Contest in America
In the US, viewers can watch the live stream of the Eurovision Song Contest final on Peacock, which costs $4.99 per month.
Do you want a free live stream? You can look further BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) using a VPN. It’s simple – check out our step-by-step instructions above.
BBC iPlayer is one of the best streaming services we’ve tested, with five stars in our review.
Australia: watch the Eurovision final online
In Australia, the Eurovision final will be broadcast on SBS and streamed SBS on request (opens in new tab).
UK nationals who are outside the country can watch the Eurovision final for free on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) using a VPN. Details above.
Canada: watch the live stream of the Eurovision Song Contest final
In Canada, no broadcasters broadcast the Eurovision final live.
But don’t forget: UK nationals who are outside the country can watch the Eurovision final for free on BBC iPlayer using a VPN (opens in new tab). Details above.
Running order Eurovision 2023
The Eurovision 2023 running order for the Grand Final is as follows:
- 1. 🇦🇹 Austria | Teya & Salena – Who the Hell Is Edgar?
- 2. 🇵🇹Portugal | Mimicat – Ai Coracao
- 3. 🇨🇭 Switzerland | Remo Forrer – Water pistol
- 4. 🇵🇱 Poland | Blanka – Solo
- 5. 🇷🇸 Serbia | Luke Black – Samo Mi Se Spava
- 6. 🇫🇷 France: La Zarra – Évidemment
- 7. 🇨🇾Cyprus | Andrew Lambrou – Break a broken heart
- 8. 🇪🇸 Spain: Blanca Paloma – Eaea
- 9. 🇸🇪 Sweden | Loreen – tattoo
- 10. 🇦🇱 Albania | Albina & Family Kelmendi – Duje
- 11. 🇮🇹 Italy: Marco Mengoni – Due Vite
- 12. 🇪🇪 Estonia | Alika – Bridges
- 13. 🇫🇮 Finland | Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha
- 14. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic | Vesna – My sister’s crown
- 15. 🇦🇺 Australia | Voyager – Promised
- 16. 🇧🇪 Belgium | Gustaph – Because of you
- 17. 🇦🇲 Armenia | Brunette – future lover
- 18. 🇲🇩 Moldova | Pasha Parfeni – Soarele and Luna
- 19. 🇺🇦 Ukraine: TVORCHI – Heart of Steel
- 20. 🇳🇴 Norway | Alessandra – Queen of Kings
- 21. 🇩🇪 Germany: Lord of the Lost – Blood & Glitter
- 22. 🇱🇹 Lithuania | Monika Linkyte – Stay
- 23. 🇮🇱 Israel | Noa Kirel – Unicorn
- 24. 🇸🇮 Slovenia | Joker Out – Carpe Diem
- 25. 🇭🇷 Croatia | Late 3 – Mama ŠČ!
- 26. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Mae Muller – I Wrote A Song
Program of events
Last year’s winners, Kalush Orchestra, will open the show with a performance titled Voices of a New Generation. With everything going on in their native Ukraine, it’s sure to be a powerful and memorable performance.
The artists from all participating countries take turns on stage with their country’s flags. In which some of the most memorable Ukrainian Eurovision participants from years gone by will give a new twist to their classic Eurovision entries.
The first of the evening’s two intervals features an appearance by UK 2022 contestant Sam Ryder, the Space Man himself.
Entitled ‘The Liverpool Songbook’, this performance brings together six iconic Eurovision acts from the past: Netta from Israel, Mahmood from Italy, Daði Freyr from Iceland, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, Cornelia Jakobs from Sweden and Sonia from Liverpool. It’s meant to be a celebration of Liverpool’s significant contribution to popular music, so expect new renditions of old classics. And a lot of The Beatles.
How does voting work in the Eurovision Song Contest?
The public of each participating country votes, after which a spokesperson for each of the 37 countries presents the points awarded (the British will be presented by Catherine Tate). The highest one country can award another is 12, and the lowest is the dreaded ‘zero pwa’.
But that’s just the beginning. Once we have these votes, the telephone votes from each participating country – and for the first time, viewers in the rest of the world – are added together, yielding one overall score for each song. This could change everything, so it just might lead to the thread.
Can I watch the Eurovision final online for free?
Yes. BBC One and BBC iPlayer offer Eurovision fans in the UK a front row seat to the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK since 1998. The show kicks off at 8pm BST on Saturday, May 13.