A couple of days ago a buzz was created concerning the all-new qualifier sequence; the buzz started on social media when a certain part of the Semi-finals scripts were posted on social media by several sources. In the script one could see that the qualifier sequence would be the same as during a TV talent show, like X-Factor, which means all the contestants on-stage and then the names of the qualifiers being announced one-by-one without the comfort of their delegation present in the green room. Eurovision fans immediately started buzzing on social media about this new qualifier sequence, because it was regarded as painful when non-qualifiers stand on-stage when they have worked for their performance for almost a year, it was also seen as not really fair and empathetic to the contestants, so the EBU and the further organizers of the contest decided on abandoning this new way of announcing the qualifiers.
The statement of the EBU was the following:
“After trying a new system of presenting the qualifying countries in Dress Rehearsal 1 of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 it was decided by the production team to revert back to the previous reveal sequence used in recent years with artists learning whether they will progress to the Grand Final together with their delegations in the Green Room. Whilst this change will not now be implemented this year there are other innovations in the show for viewers to look forward to.”– Statement by the EBU
On a personal level I do think this is a good decision, because I do encourage making the show even more exciting than it already is, but I do not think this is the way to do it. So, very happy about this matter, and let’s hope that in the future the EBU comes up with better ideas that are fun for both the organization of the contest, the audience, but most of all the contestants who are in the contest to represent their respective countries.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place on May 9th, 11th, and 13th 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 37 countries will compete for the crown. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be a joint venture, since last year’s winner Ukraine cannot organize the contest on home soil because of the ongoing war with Russia.