Johnny Weir to Host US Broadcast of Eurovision Song Contest, Starting Tuesday Afternoon | Entertainment


Quarryville native Johnny Weir has never been shy about proclaiming himself a Eurovision Song Contest superfan. This year, he landed the hosting gig for the US show.

Beginning Tuesday afternoon, May 10, NBCUniversal announced Monday that Weir will host the U.S. broadcast of the international songwriting competition on its Peacock streaming service.

Weir, who lived in Quarryville until college, is a former Olympic figure skater who is a broadcaster and skating analyst for NBC.

The annual Eurovision Song Contest is a competition between songwriters and bands from various European countries. It is said to be the biggest live televised music event in the world.

The Peacock live stream of the competition can be viewed at the following times (all times are Eastern Time)

• The first semi-final at 3 p.m. on Tuesday May 10;

• The second semi-final at 3 p.m. on Thursday 12 May; and

• The grand finale at 3 pm on Saturday 14 May.

In the second semi-final, artists from 18 countries compete for 10 performance slots in the final.

The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Turin, Italy, as the winner of the 2021 contest was the Italian group Maneskin, with the song “Zitti e buoni”.

Weir will host the US show from Los Angeles, NBCUniversal said, and will “provide commentary and pop-ins throughout the stream.”

At Eurovision, original songs are submitted by several countries – mainly from the European Union – and performed by the artists who wrote them. The winners are elected by the competing countries.

This is the second year the competition has aired in the United States exclusively on Peacock.

With the exception of 2020 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the competition has been held every year since 1956.

Later this month and in June, Weir will perform with the figure skating show Fantasy on Ice in Japan.

Weir, 37, is a three-time U.S. National Men’s Figure Skating Champion and two-time Olympian. In January, he was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Weir has appeared on various reality TV and celebrity game shows, raising money for charity, and was on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” show in fall 2020.

Watch Weir learn he’s secured the hosting gig below; he refers to it as his version of the Super Bowl:

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