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What time is Eurovision on in the US? How to watch the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest this afternoon

The second day of semi-finals in the international music competition kicks off at 3 p.m. this afternoon. Here's how you can tune in.

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Ukrainian singer Yana Oleksandrivna Shemaieva, known professionally as Jerry Heil of the duo Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil representing Ukraine with the song
Ukrainian singer Yana Oleksandrivna Shemaieva will perform "Teresa & Maria" during the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) this week. (Jessica Gow/TT / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT)

It’s time for the 68th annual Eurovision Song Contest! The international competition will bring together artists from 37 countries to perform original songs accompanied by fun and flashy performances. This year’s Eurovision theme is “The Eurovision Lights,” which the organization defines as, “a concept based on simple linear gradients, inspired by the vertical lines that permeate both the Northern lights and sound equalizers.” Some of the names on the lineup this year include U.K. entry Olly Alexander of the band Years & Years, Windows95Man from Finland (last year’s runner up), Baby Lasagna, Nemo, the Swiss entry with a ballad/rap/dance mashup that had audiences buzzing during qualifying.

Day 2 of the competition's semi-finals airs this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. The Grand Final is this Saturday, May 11. Are you ready to watch — and listen? Here’s everything you need to know before tuning into Eurovision 2024.

Eurovision will take place across three non-consecutive days, it kicked off on Tuesday, May 7 with the first set of the semi-finals. The music continues this Thursday, May 9, and then the Grand Final will be held on Saturday, May 11. All three song-filled segments will air at 3 p.m. ET for US audiences.

In the US, Eurovision will stream live exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform. However, the contest will NOT be airing on NBC. The Eurovision Song contest is airing free in most European countries, so if you want to tune into a different broadcast of the show, like the BBC’s free coverage of the contest, you can do so with the help of a VPN

At $6 per month, a Peacock subscription is the easiest way to stream the Eurovision Song Contest in the US. An ad-supported Peacock subscription lets you stream live events and sports airing on NBC, including this upcoming NFL season's first Friday night game, Big Ten Saturday Night football games and more. Plus, you'll get access to thousands of hours of shows and movies, including beloved sitcoms such as Parks and Recreation and The Office. For $12 monthly you can upgrade to an ad-free subscription which includes live access to your local NBC affiliate (not just during designated sports and events) and the ability to download select titles to watch offline.

$5.99 per month at Peacock

In the UK, all three Eurovision events will air on BBC One and stream via BBC iPlayer totally free. If you want to watch Graham Norton’s commentary on the contest but you don’t live in the UK, you can still tune in with the help of a VPN.

ExpressVPN offers “internet without borders,” meaning you can tune into a European livestream of this year's Eurovision Song Contest as opposed to paying for PPV for US coverage of Eurovision via Peacock. All you'll need to do is sign up for ExpressVPN, change your server location to somewhere in Europe (the UK, for example) and then find one of the many free livestreams available (like the BBC's on BBC iPlayer).

ExpressVPN’s added protection, speed and range of location options makes it an excellent choice for first-time VPN users looking to stretch their streaming abilities, plus, it's Endgadget's top pick for the best streaming VPN. New users can save 49% when they sign up for ExpressVPN’s 12-month subscription. Plus, the service offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, in case you're nervous about trying a VPN.

$8.32/month at ExpressVPN

Some regions of the world are also able to tune into a livestream of the 2024 Eurovision Song contest via YouTube. It’s unclear if US audiences will be able to access this free Eurovision livestream, but if you don’t want to add another subscription to your streaming arsenal, then it might be worth trying to tune in this way.

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Often compared to the Olympics (of music), Eurovision is a musical competition where artists from 37 European countries compete with original songs from all genres. The public vote on which artist — and subsequent country they are representing — will win.

The song-filled spectacle is typically watched by around 160 million people. It is the world’s most-watched non-sporting event and is surpassed in audience only by the Olympics and the World Cup.

Semi-Final day one roster:

  • Australia: Electric Fields – “One Mikali (One Blood)”

  • Azerbaijan: FAHREE feat. Ilkin Dovlatov – “Özünlə Apar”

  • Croatia: Baby Lasagna – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”

  • Cyprus: Silia Kapsis – “Liar”

  • Finland: Windows95man – “No Rules!”

  • Iceland: Hera Björk – “Scared of Heights”

  • Ireland: Bambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue”

  • Lithuania: Silvester Belt – “Luktelk”

  • Luxembourg: TALI – “Fighter”

  • Moldova: Natalia Barbu – “In the Middle”

  • Poland: LUNA – “The Tower”

  • Portugal: iolanda – “Grito”

  • Serbia: TEYA DORA – “RAMONDA”

  • Slovenia: Raiven – “Veronika”

  • Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – “Teresa & Maria”

Semi-Final day two roster:

  • Albania: BESA – “TITAN”

  • Armenia: LADANIVA – “Jako”

  • Austria: Kaleen – “We Will Rave”

  • Belgium: Mustii – “Before the Party’s Over”

  • Czechia: Aiko – “Pedestal”

  • Denmark: SABA – “SAND”

  • Estonia: 5MIINUST x Puuluup – “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi”

  • Georgia: Nutsa Buzaladze – “Firefighter”

  • Greece: Marina Satti – “ZARI”

  • Israel: Eden Golan – “Hurricane”

  • Latvia: Dons – “Hollow”

  • Malta: Sarah Bonnici – “Loop”

  • Netherlands: Joost Klein – “Europapa”

  • Norway: Gåte – “Ulveham”

  • San Marino: MEGARA – “11:11”

  • Switzerland: Nemo – “The Code”

Grand Final (prequalified):

  • France: Slimane – “Mon amour”

  • Germany: ISAAK – “Always on the Run”

  • Italy: Angelina Mango – “La nola”

  • Spain: Nebuloussa – “ZORRA”

  • Sweden: Marcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable”

  • United Kingdom: Olly Alexander – “Dizzy”

Wondering who will win Eurovision 2024? Yahoo UK has you covered.

The 2024 competition will be held in last year’s winner’s home country, and this year, that’s Sweden! This year's contest will take place in the city of Malmö.

Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede will host the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.

Last year, Sweden took home the prize for best song, represented by the artist Loreen with her ballad “Tattoo.”