Eurovision 2023: How to watch the song contest as grand final approaches
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest grand final has finally arrived.
The two semi-finals took place in Liverpool this week. See our guide to the acts that qualified here.
The UK is hosting this year’s competition as the 2022 winners Ukraine are unable to, due to Russia’s invasion.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the song contest last year, with the UK’s Sam Ryder runner-up with his hit song Space Man.
Here is everything we know about when Eurovision 2023 is, where it will be held, and how to watch it.
When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2023?
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 began on May 9 with the first semi-final.
The second semi-final took place two days later, on May 11.
The winner of Eurovision 2023 will be crowned in the final on May 13, which will air on BBC One.
Who is presenting Eurovision?
British TV star Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina will host the Eurovision Song Contest alongside returning favourite Graham Norton.
Who will perform for the UK at Eurovision 2023?
Mae Muller, a 25-year-old singer from north London, will represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision.
Muller, from Kentish Town, will perform I Wrote a Song in Liverpool this May.
She was chosen by BBC bosses and global management company TaP Music, which has counted Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding among its clients.
Where is the Eurovision Song Contest being held?
Liverpool will host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The event will take place in the 11,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena.
The competition will be broadcast live on BBC One. It will be hosted by singer Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham, and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina. Returning favourite Graham Norton, the comedian and talk show host, will also be a host at the grand final.
Birmingham hosted Eurovision in 1998 — the last time it took place in the UK — but it has also been hosted by London, Edinburgh, and Brighton. Britain last won the competition in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, one of five successes since it began in 1956.
Eurovision Grand Final running order
Austria: Teya & Salena — Who The Hell Is Edgar?
Portugal: Mimicat — Ai Coração
Switzerland: Remo Forrer — Watergun
Poland: Blanka — Solo
Serbia: Luke Black — Samo Mi Se Spava
France: La Zarra — Évidemment
Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou — Break A Broken Heart
Spain: Blanca Paloma — Eaea
Sweden: Loreen — Tattoo
Albania: Albina & Familja Kelmendi — Duje
Italy: Marco Mengoni — Due Vite
Estonia: Alika — Bridges
Finland: Käärijä — Cha Cha Cha
Czechia: Vesna — My Sister’s Crown
Australia: Voyager — Promise
Belgium: Gustaph — Because Of You
Armenia: Brunette — Future Lover
Moldova: Pasha Parfeni — Soarele Åi Luna
Ukraine: Tvorchi — Heart of Steel
Norway: Alessandra — Queen of Kings
Germany: Lord of the Lost — Blood & Glitter
Lithuania: Monika LinkytÄ — Stay
Israel: Noa Kirel — Unicorn
Slovenia: Joker Out — Carpe Diem
Croatia: Let 3 — Mama ŠÄ!
United Kingdom: Mae Muller — I Wrote A Song
The ‘Big Five’ (France, Germany, Spain, Italy and host country the UK), and current champions Ukraine, will not perform in either of the semi-finals. However, their domestic audiences will be able to vote in one of them.
Our UK artist for #Eurovision2023 is the incredible @maemuller_! 🎉
Here she is with the official video for her #Eurovision track, 'I Wrote A Song' 🥳 pic.twitter.com/ypzFj7edJt
— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) March 9, 2023