As a former Olympic figure skater, Johnny Weir loves the game.
when it is Eurovision Song Contest, He told CNN because he describes himself as a huge fan of the annual game.
“This game has inspired me over the years,” he said. “I’ve actually recorded some songs and played them on ice.”
Weir will host and provide commentary for the semi-finals and finals, exclusively live on Peacock in the US.
He is used to working with NBC, Peacock’s parent company, to provide commentary on figure skating competitions. Will is slipping into his Eurovision duties starting on Tuesday.
“I know it might be an odd leap for some to have figure skating commentators in the Eurovision Song Contest, but it’s definitely simple and organic,” he said. “I’m a huge fan and I always play with the rest of the family.”
The annual competition pits must-live singers from participating countries against each other and has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Audiences participating in the broadcast can vote for their favorite song, but not their own country. There is also a professional jury. The professional jury and audience votes were then combined as a factor in the performer’s score.
Notable past winners include ABBA group and singer Celine Dion.
Will loves the pomp, politics and showmanship of the Eurovision Song Contest.
He said he believed one of the most poignant moments at this year’s competition would come from the folk rap group Kalush Orchestra, who represent Ukraine, which is currently battling Russian occupation.
“I think the message from the artists in Ukraine is that we are here, we are strong, we are Ukraine,” Will said. “They performed with traditional Ukrainian instruments and traditional Ukrainian clothing.”
“This song was originally [one of the ]The mother of the artist,” he added. “It has now become a song that means so much to the whole of Ukraine and to every Ukrainian mother going through these dark times. ”
While it’s a European game, Will promises that Americans watching will find supportive contestants.
He said he preferred entries from Norway every year because he was “of Norwegian blood”, while also playing for Iceland and this year’s Ukraine.
Will has been following the game since the beginning and said he would try to resist the urge to sing along.
“They turned off my mic during the actual performance, so maybe I could sing along,” he said with a laugh.
The first semifinals will be played on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET. The second semifinal is Thursday afternoon ET, followed by the Grand Finals Saturday at 3 p.m. ET,