Ross Mathews and “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” star Shangela have been confirmed as the commentators for the American broadcast of Eurovision 2018 on Logo TV.
2018 will be the third consecutive year that Logo has broadcast the contest in America. The 2018 Grand Final will also be streamed live for American viewers on Logo’s website, on Logo’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.
Pamela Post, Senior Vice President of Original Programming at Logo said:
“Logo is thankful to once again partner with the EBU as the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for the global phenomenon that is the Eurovision Song Contest. The stateside audience for this one-of-a-kind celebration of song, performance and cultural pride continues to grow with our audience and we’re thrilled to provide a viewing home for the legion of fans in the United States.”
For the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest said:
“The EBU is very pleased to once again collaborate with Logo for the third year running to broadcast the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest for U.S. audiences. True to this year’s motto All Aboard! we are thrilled that the contest is growing popularity in the United States and through Logo we are able to bring the competition to a new excited audience.”
Logo’s first broadcast of Eurovision in 2016 was hosted by Carson Kressley (known for presenting shows including “How to Look Good Naked”) and Michelle Collins of “The View.” 52,000 viewers in the USA watched the show that year.
In 2017, commentating duties were taken over by “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” stars Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage. The American broadcast of the Eurovision 2017 final attracted 64,000 viewers. However, the show failed to reach into the top 150 shows broadcast on cable on May 13th, reaching just 0.02% of 18-49 year olds across the country.
Last week, Eurovoix reported that Michelle Visage would not be commentating for Logo in 2018 due to prior commitments. Mathews and Visage were received generally positive reviews for their 2017 coverage.
This year Mathews will be joined by another “Drag Race” star, Shangela. Shangela is a popular drag queen who recently finished in third place in “Ru Paul’s Drag Race: All Stars.”
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in America is steadily growing. However, in 2017, the EBU’s deal with Logo TV was criticised by fans due to the geo-blocking of content on YouTube.
Past reports have suggested the possibility of adopting a Eurovision-style contest between the American states although Jon Ola Sand has ruled out American participation in Eurovision.