Questions and Answers

Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Eurovision Song Contest.

Where can I watch national selections of the Eurovision Song Contest?

In many countries, televised national selections take place in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest. We are actively encouraging broadcasters to make these national selection shows available to an international audience via live online streaming on their own platform, or via third-party live streaming services such as YouTube. At Eurovision.tv, we will provide you with accurate information about when and where to watch national selections online throughout the national selection season.

Check out our national selection calendar for links to all available live streams.

As nearly all participating broadcasters have proprietary streaming facilities or use live streaming services of third-party providers such as YouTube, Eurovision.tv has discontinued its direct live streaming of national selection events.

Where can I watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast by each participating broadcaster as well as a number of other members of the European Broadcasting Union. The live shows are also streamed worldwide on Eurovision.tv, you can watch the webcasts on our WebTV page.

How can I buy tickets to the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tickets to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest are not yet available. You will find more information on Eurovision.tv as soon as more information and the launch date are known.

How many people watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

In 2015 the three live shows of the Eurovision Song Contest were seen by nearly 200 million people.

How does the voting work?

In previous years the results of the professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result, each accounting for 50 percent of the final score. From 2016, the professional juries and televoters from each country will each award a separate set of points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. This now means the top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points, adding a new level of excitement for hundreds of millions of viewers in Europe and beyond. Further information can be found in the voting section.

Can I use the Eurovision Song Contest logo?

The use of the logo and the theme art of the Eurovision Song Contest is allowed for the EBU, the participating broadcasters and official sponsors. Media are allowed to use the logo and theme artwork in editorial context only, following the guidelines. No commercial use is permitted. Further details can be found in the press section.

How can I apply for press accreditation?

Accreditation for fans and press is open until 23:59 on Friday 8th April 2016. Further information can be found in accreditation pages of the press section.

How can I take part in the Eurovision Song Contest?

All the entries and singers are picked by the Participating Broadcasters. These are the Members of the EBU that take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Why? Because at the Eurovision Song Contest, it is broadcasters rather than countries that take part. For example, in the UK this is the BBC, in Germany it's NDR, in Sweden it is SVT and so on.

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest cannot pick any entries but only make sure all entries and performances are according to the Rules. This all means that you need to contact the broadcasters if you want to have information on how to take part in the contest. Further information can be found here.

How is the Eurovision Song Contest organised?

The Eurovision Song Contest is produced every year under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Host Broadcaster. The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the executive committee for all Members, its purpose being to control and guide the Eurovision Song Contest. Further details concerning the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest can be found here.

What are the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest?

As with every major international event, the Eurovision Song Contest also has rules. The rules for each contest are usually published in the autumn the year before the contest. The rules for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest can be found here.

Why does Kosovo not participate?

Kosovo cannot take part in the Eurovision Song Contest because they are neither an EBU Member or Associate. The statutes of the EBU say that a Member must come from a country that is a Member of the International Telecommunications Union or is a Member of the Council of Europe. Kosovo is in neither. The EBU helped set up Kosovo’s public service broadcaster RTK in 1999 and it continues to work closely with RTK to protect public service media in Kosovo. We are pleased that RTK will broadcast this year’s Eurovision Song Contest but currently Kosovo cannot compete. The ESC Reference Group is however mandated to make exception to the Rules on a case by case basis.

Why does Australia participate?

The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast in Australia for more than 30 years. The Australian broadcaster SBS is an Associate of the EBU and in 2015, to mark the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, was invited to submit an entry. In 2016 and 2017 the broadcaster asked to be a part of the Eurovision Song Contest again. The EBU Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, voted unanimously in favour of Australia's participation.

It is yet to be decided whether Australia will become a permanent participant in the contest.

Will Australia host the Eurovision Song Contest if they win?

In case Australia wins the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the 2018 contest will be co-hosted by Australian broadcaster SBS and another European public broadcaster, somewhere in Europe.