Get ready for the world’s largest live music event with our lowdown on this year’s competition. Plus, test your trivia with the ultimate Eurovision fan quiz…
By Charlotte Briggs, Staff Writer
Europe’s rich culture is rooted in many elements – world-famous art, breathtaking architecture and, of course, the Eurovision Song Contest. And this year it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
One of the most exciting events in the TV calendar, the 67th edition of the competition will see talent from across the continent compete for points for their country, as well as for the highly coveted first-place spot on the international leader board.
Taking place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, celebrities including Eurovision legend Graham Norton, Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham, Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina are raring to go on presenting duties. Plus, The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc will be providing commentary for those of us watching at home on the big night.
Performing in the Grand Final will be last year’s winner Ukraine, the Big Five (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany and Italy) and all the acts who successfully make it through their semi-finals, with 26 nations in total strutting their stuff on stage.
And this year, representing the UK is singer-songwriter Mae Muller with “I Wrote A Song”. Muller has supported pop group Little Mix on their 2019 tour and also starred in Mika’s “Grace Kelly” video as a child. And with her debut album and headline tour in the works, we have high hopes that she’ll make the UK proud.
Many famous faces have appeared on the Eurovision stage, including poster children ABBA, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Tyler, Julio Iglesias, TikTok sensation Sam Ryder and the UK’s last winner Katrina And The Waves, and we can’t wait to see what future stars this year’s competition has in store.
Don’t miss any of the upcoming action, including the semi-final on Thursday 11 May at 8pm on BBC One HD (CH 101) and the Grand Final at 8pm on Saturday 13 May on BBC One HD.
In the meantime, brush up your Eurovision trivia with our quiz inspired by events from the 2022 competition. Grab your mates and see how many you can get right before the big night!
When is the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on TV?
The second Eurovision Song Contest semi-final will air on Thursday 11 May at 8pm on BBC One HD (CH 101) and Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer. If you missed the first semi-final on Tuesday, catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
The Grand Final will be shown live at 8pm on Saturday 13 May on BBC One HD and in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.
TV channels: Channels, content and features available depend on your chosen package. Channel line-ups and content are subject to change at any time and to regional variations.
HD: HD TV set, V HD Box, TiVo box or Virgin TV V6 connected with HDMI cables required for HD channels. Number of inclusive HD channels depends on package.
Catch Up TV: Catch Up TV content available for up to 7 days or up to 30 days after broadcast, depending on content.
Image credits: Eurovision Song Contest 2023 © BBC / Ray Burmiston