Graham Norton to be joined by an all-star team representing both the UK and Ukraine
The hosts for this year’s Eurovision spectacular in Liverpool have been confirmed by the BBC. Unsurprisingly, the mildly sardonic tones of Graham Norton will be returning as main host, continuing his 14-year run since he took over from the late Terry Wogan in 2009.
Norton will be joined by a parade of familiar faces, including ex-GBBO host Mel Giedroyc, Mis-teeq star turned TV regular Alesha Dixon, Emmy-winning Ted Lasso and Game Of Thrones star Hannah Waddingham (possessor of a finer set of pipes than most contestants) and the irrepressible Rylan.
For the first time, Norton will be joined by a co-commentator as he and Giedroyc will take turns on the mic, offering their unique takes on the action as it unfolds in Liverpool. Rylan will be joined by Radio One’s Scott on commentary for both semi-finals, which will be broadcast live on BBC One for the first time. The semis will be hosted live from Liverpool by Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, of the band The HARDKISS.
Sanina isn’t the only representative of last year’s winning country. Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko will join Liverpool’s own Sam Quek as the BBC’s correspondents on the big night in Liverpool, appearing in VT inserts and hosting the Opening Ceremony live stream.
BBC Radio Merseyside gets its own dedicated Eurovision team too, headed up by Claire Sweeney and the yet-to-be-decided of The Voice Of Eurovision talent search.
The 67th Eurovision final takes place in Liverpool on 13 May 2023. Liverpool was chosen as host city due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, who were the emotional winners of the 2022 Eurovision with Kalush Orchestra’s song ‘Stefania’. The UK’s Sam Ryder placed second with his song ‘Space Man’.
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