Viewers can watch the Eurovision 2016 Song Contest grand final live online and see whether Russian pop star Sergey Lazarev can take home the title or if one of the challengers from Austria, Sweden, or Ukraine can pull off the upset.
The final of the international song competition will take place Saturday night at 19:00 GMT from Stockholm, Sweden, with 26 nations competing to take home the 2016 Grand Prix. The event will be covered by television networks across the globe, and also available through live streaming video that can be found below.
The winner of the Eurovision 2016 Song Contest will be determined by professional juries representing each of the 42 competing countries. These juries voted during Friday’s dress rehearsal, with their scores accounting for 50 percent of the final total. The remaining 50 percent of the vote will be determined by the public televote from the 42 countries.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev is seen as a big favorite for his techno ballad, “You Are The Only One,” and if he can pull off the victory it could become an important moment for Russia. The winning nation hosts the following year’s Eurovision, which could potentially bring a contest with a strong LGBT following to a country with a strict laws against open displays of homosexuality.
But Lazarev said in an interview with the BBC that Russia would be a good host for the contest.
“Gay life exists in Russia,” he said. “There is more talk and rumors about problems than exist. I just want you to come and see everything yourself.”
There are several other nations with a chance to pull off the win. Fans in the U.K. are pulling hard for Joe and Jake, the former contestants of The Voice U.K. who were chosen to represent Britain in a vote back in February.
As the BBC noted, Joe and Jake got a free trip to the Eurovision 2016 Song Contest grand final thanks to Britain’s big financial contributions to Eurovision.
There are some other strong challengers, including Ukraine’s Jamala, who made history as the first contestant ever from Crimean Tatar. Her song, “1944,” is a politically charged ballad that includes references to ethnic cleansing and Stalin, the BBC noted, which has stirred up some tension in Russia.
Viewers who watch the Eurovision 2016 Song Contest grand final live online will see a few other well-known singers, including Dami Im, the winner of the Australian X Factor who made it through to the final for her song, “Sound of Silence.”
Here is a complete list of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest grand final contestants:
1. Belgium: What’s The Pressure sung by Laura Tesoro
2. Czech Republic: I Stand sung by Gabriela Gunčíková
3. The Netherlands: Slow Down sung by Douwe Bob
4. Azerbaijan: Miracle sung by Samra
5. Hungary: Pioneer sung by Freddie
6. Italy: No Degree Of Separation sung by Francesca Michielin
7. Israel: Made Of Stars sung by Hovi Star
8. Bulgaria: If Love Was A Crime sung by Poli Genova
9. Sweden: If I Were Sorry sung by Frans
10. Germany: Ghost sung by Jamie-Lee
11. France: J’ai cherché sung by AMir
12. Poland: Color Of Your Life sung by Michał Szpak
13. Australia: Sound Of Silence sung by Dami Im
14. Cyprus: Alter Ego sung by Minus One
15. Serbia: Goodbye (Shelter) sung by Sanja Vučić ZAA
16. Lithuania: I’ve Been Waiting For This Night sung by Donny Montell
17. Croatia: Lighthouse sung by Nina Kraljić
18. Russia: You Are The Only One sung by Sergey Lazarev
19. Spain: Say Yai! sung by Barei
20. Latvia: Heartbeat sung by Justs
21. Ukraine: 1944 sung by Jamala
22. Malta: Walk On Water sung by Ira Losco
23. Georgia: Midnight Gold sung by Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz
24. Austria: Loin d’ici sung by ZOË
25. United Kingdom: You`re Not Alone sung by Jack and Joe
26. Armenia: LoveWave sung by Iveta Mukuchyan
Viewers who watch the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest live online will see a bit more than just the 26 finalists. The decidedly European affair will get a bit of American flavor inserted in thanks to a live performance from Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake will be performing his No. 1 single, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” in what will be the first time a non-contestant has entered the Eurovision stage.
Those who want to watch the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest grand final live online but are unable to access the streaming video above will also be able to watch all the action through the Eurovision website.
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