Quarville native Johnny Weir has never hesitated to declare himself a Eurovision superfan. This year he captured the leading concert of American broadcasting.
Beginning Tuesday afternoon, May 10, NBCUniversal announced Monday that Weir will host an international songwriting contest in the U.S. on its Peacock streaming service.
Weir, who lived in Quarreville before high school, is a former Olympic figure skater, broadcaster and skating analyst at NBC.
The annual Eurovision Song Contest is a competition of songwriters and bands from different European countries. It is said to be the world’s largest live music event.
The live broadcast of the Peacock competitions can be watched later (all the time east time)
• First semifinal at 15.00 Tuesday, May 10;
• Second semifinal at 3pm on Thursday, May 12; and
• Grand Final at 3pm on Saturday, May 14th.
In the second semifinal, artists from 18 countries compete for 10 places in the final.
The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Turin, Italy, as the winner of the contest in 2021 was the Italian band Maneskin with the song “Zitti e buoni”.
Weir will host an American broadcast from Los Angeles, according to NBCUniversal, and “will provide comments and pop-ups throughout the stream.”
At Eurovision, the original songs are represented by several countries – mostly from the European Union – and performed by their performers. The winners are voted by competing countries.
This is the second year the competition has been broadcast 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 Vir will perform from the figure skating show Fantasy on Ice in Japan.
The 37-year-old Vir is a three-time U.S. champion in men’s figure skating and a two-time Olympian. In January, he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Weir has appeared in various reality shows and celebrity game shows, raising money for charity, and participated in the ABC “Dancing with the Stars” contest in the fall of 2020.
See how Weir finds out he got hosting below; he calls it his version of the Super Cup:
May 9.2022 At this point I learned that I will be leading the American coverage of 2022 @ Eurovision Song Contest on @peacockTV!! Join us on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for LIVE broadcasts on Peacock at 3 Eastern, 12 Pacific. 🤍 #eurovision # Eurovision2022 pic.twitter.com/80llZKQ2zt
– Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) May 9, 2022