Watching This Week #104
An abbreviated newsletter with updated listings for March 20-26, 2023.
Here's where Canadians can find the 2022 edition of the competition from Turin.
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The 2022 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is the 66th edition of the annual song competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The semi-finals were held on Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12, and will be followed by the final on Saturday, May 14, all originating from Turin in Italy, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time each day.
All three nights of the event will stream live, without commentary, on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, as noted on the Eurovision website. The stream for the final is available here. These streams will be available almost worldwide, including in Canada, with a small number of exceptions like the United States where the event will be streaming on Peacock (which is not available in Canada anyways).
No traditional television outlet in Canada will be airing this year's edition of the competition. In particular, no part of the 2022 event is scheduled to air on Omni Television, the Rogers-owned multicultural TV service which aired the 2019 and 2021 editions, nor on any other Canadian TV channel we could find, and the aforementioned Eurovision website does not indicate a Canadian broadcaster apart from YouTube.
As discussed above, the three nights of Eurovision will be streaming live on YouTube, as linked below. Coverage on all three nights will begin at 21:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC+2), which is equivalent to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
While the live events themselves are hosted, YouTube will be carrying a "clean" broadcast feed without the kind of local hosts or commentators provided on most European broadcasters. (Our apologies to Graham Norton and Johnny Weir fans.)
This is an updated version of a post originally published on May 17, 2021 for the 2021 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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