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Eurovision Song Contest: What to know and how to watch

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launched a full-scale invasion on Feb. 24.Among the 25 nations performing on the big stage in Italy is Ukraine, which is considered a favorite to win.Below, we remind you of everything you need to know ahead of the final.The Eurovision Song Contest first hit our screens way back when in 1956.

It’s been taking place annually ever since, except for 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing.Each year, countries of the European Broadcast Union go head-to-head in a bid to be crowned winners.This year marks the 66th Eurovision, with a whopping 40 nations battling for the gold.As well as viewers watching at home, each participating country is allowed to cast three votes for another nation.Given the name “Eurovision,” it’s fair to expect to only see European countries take part.

But you might be surprised to learn that the European Broadcast Union does include a few countries that aren’t located anywhere near Europe.Australia, for example, was invited to perform in 2015, and its appearance proved to be so welcome that it’s been invited back every year since.Peacock TV is set to broadcast Eurovision live for the second year in a row.Saturday’s grand final will air at 3 p.m.

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