AUSTRALIA – With Sheldon Riley about to perform Not the Same in front of a worldwide audience of more than 180 million, SBS is the one-stop-shop for everything you need to get swept up in Eurovision fever.
The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand from 11 to 15 May, with primetime broadcasts on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May at 8.30 pm, and Sunday 15 May at 7.30 pm.
Eurovision 2022 kicks off on SBS with Semi-Final 1 live at 5 am on Wednesday 11, followed by a primetime broadcast on Friday 13th. Riley is set to compete against 17 countries in Semi-Final 2, which will be broadcast live at 5 am on Friday 13.
He’ll be up against The Rasmus from Finland who will be opening the show, fan favourite Swedish singer-songwriter Cornelia Jakobs and one of Riley’s favourite competitors, Krystian Ochman from Poland.
SBS’s exclusive coverage will once again be in the hands of music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey who will bring their witty banter to the commentary booth as they guide Australia through the glitz, glamour, and madness of the Semi-Finals and spectacular Grand Final direct from PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy.
They will also report backstage with exclusive interviews with contestants and a behind the scenes look at the contest.
Eurovision – Australia Decides
With early morning live broadcasts of Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2, and the Grand Final for immediate results and voting along with Europe, and a weekend of primetime broadcasts for fabulous Euro-themed parties around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Riley and join in the fun of picking favourites from the 40 competing nations.
Live early morning broadcasts
- Semi-Final 1 – Wednesday 11 May, 5 am (AEST) SBS
- Semi-Final 2 – Friday 13 May, 5 am (AEST) SBS (Sheldon Riley performs)
- Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 5 am (AEST) SBS
Primetime evening broadcasts
- Semi-Final 1 – Friday 13 May, 8.30 pm (AEST), SBS
- Semi Final 2 – Saturday 14 May, 8.30 pm (AEST), SBS (Sheldon Riley performs)
- Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 7.30 pm (AEST), SBS
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest live music event and in 2021 it attracted 183 million viewers worldwide and reached more than 1.7 million Australians.
Australians will be able to vote again this year during the early morning broadcasts and then join in the conversation using the hashtag #SBSEurovision during the interactive evening broadcasts, with tweets and party pictures promoted on screen.
As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi-Final in which their country 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 participating country. Australia’s jury will be announced soon.
The jury and the Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.
For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the live broadcast of Semi-Final 2 on Friday, May 13 at 5 am (AEST) and the Grand Final on Sunday 15 May at 5 am (AEST) by following the voting prompts that appear on-screen during the live broadcasts. Details for how to vote will be revealed soon.