Eurovision 2023 has started with a bang, and the first semifinal took place on May 9th. After an exciting first gala filled with iconic performances, emotional interval acts, and talent, it was time to find out which 10 countries would qualify for the grand final on Saturday, May 13th.
The following countries have qualified thanks to the vote of the public (in random order):
Eurovision 2023: A summary of the preparations for Liverpool 2023
After the positive experiences in Rotterdam and Turin, the Eurovision Song Contest has arrived in Liverpool without any COVID-19 restrictions. However, the event is taking place in the midst of a complicated European geopolitical situation due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has had an impact on the contest. Ukraine, as the previous year’s winner, was unable to host the contest due to the conflict, so the responsibility fell to the second-place finisher, the United Kingdom.
Liverpool was chosen after a long selection process involving over twenty cities. The city has a rich musical history, including the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles started their career, and offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and hotels to welcome visitors. The selection of Liverpool as host is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy, and the music industry in the UK sees it as an opportunity to promote British music worldwide.
The UK has hosted Eurovision eight times before, and the selection of Liverpool was based on the city’s ability to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators and a press center, as well as its proximity to an international airport and adequate hotel accommodations.
The BBC has assembled a team of professionals to oversee the event, led by Martin Green, to ensure that nothing is left to chance. The BBC is committed to providing a unique event that recognizes and celebrates Ukraine’s victory and the creativity of the host country.
The selection of Liverpool as the host city for Eurovision 2023 is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy, as the organization predicts that thousands of people will travel to the city to attend the event and enjoy everything that Liverpool has to offer. The choice of the city has also been very well received by the UK music industry, as the festival is expected to help promote British music worldwide.
In addition to the obvious candidacies of Ukraine and the UK, many countries from all over Europe offered to host the event, including Sweden, which offered the venue for Eurovision 2000 and 2016, the Globen Arena, Italy again, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Iceland.
Despite having 5 wins in the festival, the UK is the country that has hosted Eurovision the most times. London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh 1972, Brighton 1974, Harrogate 1982, and Birmingham in 1998, are the eight occasions and five cities that have hosted the most important music festival on an international scale in their streets. Normally, the selection criteria for the host city by the EBU is usually based on providing a venue with a capacity for at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press center), which should be near an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation to host the thousands of visitors who attend the event.
When it was made official that the UK would host the 2023 edition of Eurovision, it was announced that it would be an edition where the Festival would not be in Ukraine, but in support of Ukraine. These words support the statements of Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of the Government of Ukraine: “The Ukrainian flag, videos of Ukrainian cities, Ukrainian presenters and a Ukrainian creative team will become an integral part of the show in Great Britain.”
The BBC wants to make the most of the festival’s organization and has entrusted a team of top-level professionals and experience with all the details concerning its development. Martin Green will be responsible for directing this event that marks a milestone in the history of British broadcasting and overseeing all aspects of Eurovision 2023. The 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool and the BBC has committed to offering a unique event that recognizes and celebrates Ukraine’s victory, as well as the creativity of the country where it is held. For this task, Martin will not arrive alone, and he will be accompanied by a great production team of Eurovision 2023 with the idea that nothing is left to chance in May. Rachel Ashdown, Andrew Cartmell, Lee Smithurst, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, and James O’Brien will be part of it.