LOGO TO EXCLUSIVELY AIR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST GRAND FINALE IN THE U.S. FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The Word's Biggest Music and Entertainment Competition Show To Air Live and Commercial Free on Saturday, May 12 On Logo, Logo's YouTube Channel and LogoTV.com with Commentary by "RuPaul's Drag Race's" Ross Mathews and Shangela
NEW YORK, NY (April 23, 2018) - Logo today announced that for the third consecutive year, the network will be the exclusive U.S. broadcast home of the Eurovision Song Contest when it airs the 63rd annual Grand Final live and commercial free on both coasts on Saturday, May 12 at 3PM ET / 12PM PT. Ross Mathews and Shangela from the multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" will serve as Logo's commentators. The 2018 Grand Final competition and winner's ceremony will also be streamed live exclusively for U.S. viewers at http://www.logotv.com/eurovision-song-contest, Logo's YouTube channel at youtube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.
"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, 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."
"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, 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."
The Eurovision Song Contest, organized by the European Broadcasting Union, is the world's largest non-sporting live TV event and the most watched live entertainment program in world, attracting around 200 million television viewers each year. The 2018 Grand Final competition is hosted in the city of Lisbon, Portugal, with a theme titled 'All Aboard' that follows the story of the world being connected through the ocean. There will be 43 acts in this year's competition, which equals the record for the most participating countries during a single Eurovision year. They will be battling it out to win the coveted trophy, which last year was saw majestic Salvador Sobral's runaway victory with his song 'Amar Pelos Dois' claiming the prize for Portugal. Eurovision is synonymous with diversity, powerful ballads, catchy songs and ethnic beats, thrown into the mix is a complex stage show with pyrotechnics and outlandish costumes.
Since inception, the contest has hosted the likes of ABBA, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Julio Iglesias, and Cliff Richard. Famous recent winners, who've gone on to receive mainstream acclaim, include Austrian Conchita Wurst and both M�ns Zelmerl�w and Loreen from Sweden. After its inauguration in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has brought together artists and viewers from across the European continent, and Australia, to create a sense of community and celebrate diversity of culture. Each participating member broadcaster of the European Broadcasting Union is permitted to enter one original song into the contest, which is aired live on television, radio, and the internet across the world, and then voted on by professional juries and televoters.
The 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest is produced by Portugal's public broadcaster, R�dio e Televis�o de Portugal (RTP), and will be held in Lisbon in May.
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About The European Broadcasting Union:
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world's foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). Our mission is to make PSM indispensable. We have 73 Members in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Our Members operate nearly 2,000 television and radio channels alongside numerous online platforms. Together, they reach audiences of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 120 languages. We strive to secure a sustainable future for public service media, provide our Members with world-class content from news to sports and music, and build on our founding ethos of solidarity and co-operation to create a centre for learning and sharing. Eurovision Media Services, our business arm, has an outstanding global reputation and is the first choice media services provider for many media organizations and sport federations around the world. We have offices in Brussels, Rome, Dubai, Moscow, New York, Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing. Our headquarters are in Geneva. Discover more about the EBU on www.ebu.ch.
About Eurovision Song Contest:
In 1956, the European Broadcasting Union, the world's foremost alliance of public service broadcasters, created the Eurovision Song Contest to foster closer ties between nations and to advance television technology. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's largest non-sporting live TV event. It is a musical competition between public broadcasting organisations which are Members of the EBU. The Eurovision Song Contest was first held in Lugano, Switzerland in 1956 and has been held every year since. 40 cities have welcomed the competition in 25 different countries. 51 countries have competed at least once. 27 countries have won the Eurovision Song Contest at least once. In 2015, The Eurovision Song Contest reached 199 million TV viewers and on the occasion of its 60th edition was awarded the Guinness World Record for "World's Longest Running Annual TV Music Competition". 43 countries will participate in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on 8, 10 and 12 May.