Let’s face it, the Eurovision Song Contest just would not be the same without national treasure, Marty Whelan’s witty commentary. Fear not! RTÉ Player International has you covered as audiences overseas can tune in to the magic that is Eurovision and listen to Marty live from Stockholm as the second batch of semi-finalists battle their way to a place in the Grand Final.
Watch live from wherever you are in the world as Ireland’s hopeful Nicky Byrne sings the catchy Sunlight in the semifinal (May 12) at 8pm (Irish time) and keep everything crossed that we’ll be seeing him again in the Grand Final Saturday, 14th 8pm (Irish time). Wherever you are watching in the world, your vote counts so let’s get behind Nicky and vote to bring the Eurovision crown back to its true home – Ireland.
As Eurovision Song Contest fever builds ahead of the final this Saturday, RTÉ Player International has created a nostalgic collection of Eurovision Extras for the seasoned super fan. It’s the ultimate Eurovision celebration; looking back at Ireland’s most memorable and iconic Eurovision moments. The collection also features Ireland’s entry Nicky Byrne's Sunlight and all the official song videos for countries taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Semi-Finals.
Discover the collection here.
Relive Ireland’s Eurovision entries with a look back on performances from Brian Kennedy, Dustin, Niamh Kavanagh and Jedward or that nail biting moment in 1988 where Céline Dion’s winning performance for Switzerland pipped the UK’s entry to the post by just a single point.
Who can forget Anúna’s haunting performance that gave way to the magical dance partnership of Michael Flatley and Jean Butler when the magic that is Riverdance made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 in the Point Depot.
It wouldn’t be the Eurovision Song Contest if it wasn’t weird, wacky and spectacular! From the twintastic Jedward and some unusual Ukrainian dancing to a Spanish stage invader, watch the top five weird and wonderful moments and some of the most incredible staging spectacles in the world.
Remember when Ireland won and hosted the Eurovision Song Contest three years in a row? Reacquaint yourself with the glory years from 1981 where old favorites Pat Kenny, Ronan Keating and the late, great Gerry Ryan said Céad Míle Failte as they each played host to the fantastic event.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 semi-final is on air tonight May 12 at 8pm live on RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International. The final will be shown Saturday, May 14 live on RTÉ 2 and streaming live on RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International.
Immerse yourself in the RTÉ Eurovision offering on RTÉ Player International.
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