The preparations for the Allocation Draw, and the Handover Ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, are in full swing in the British city of Liverpool.
Handover Ceremony and Allocation Draw
Film crews of the BBC have been spotted everywhere this week to make videos meant for the Handover Ceremony and Allocation Draw of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool (UK). Local Liverpool personalities and residents of the city will be featured in the televised show that will be aired on BBC Two on January 31st 2023 at 20:00 CET.
The hosts of the event will be both TV presenter, AJ Odudu, and Eurovision commentator, Rylan Clark. There will be several other people that will help AJ and Rylan with their tasks, like members of the Ukrainian community in Liverpool and youngsters from a local Liverpool school. The mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, will be part of the Host City Insignia Ceremony.
It is already known that children’s book author, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, has come up with a short film that will be televised during the upcoming event. This author was also responsible for the script of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; a show that was absolutely amazing.
Bringing cultures and voices together
The whole theme of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and its host city, Liverpool, will be about “bringing cultures and voices together”. Since Ukraine, last year’s winner, cannot host the contest because of the ongoing war against Russia, it was the British city of Liverpool that stepped in to host the contest with and for Ukraine. This means that the Ukrainian population in Liverpool will also be filmed, since they are a great part of this year’s show.
The contest of 2022 in Turin (Italy) saw the Ukrainian group, Kalush Orchestra, win the contest. There is an ongoing war against Russia in Ukraine, thus safety to host the next contest could not be guaranteed. The European Broadcasting Union reached out to the next country in line to host, and in this regard, it was the United Kingdom that came in 2nd place in the 2022 Grand Final with the song “Space man” sung by Sam Ryder.
This event can be watched live on our dedicated live platform with the name “ESCplus Live”. Just click the following link to watch: https://live.esc-plus.com/.