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- Semi-Final 1: Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 21:00 CEST
- Semi-Final 2: Thursday, 11 May 2023, 21:00 CEST
- Finale: Saturday, 11 May 2023, 21:00 CEST
- Venue: Liverpool Arena (M&S Bank Arena), Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Presenter(s): –
- Directed by: –
- Executive Supervisor: Martin Österdahl
- Executive Producer: Andrew Cartmell
- Host Broadcaster: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- Opening Act: Semi-final 1: – Ι Semi-final 2: – Ι Final: –
- Interval Act: Semi-final 1: – Ι Semi-final 2: – Ι Final: –
- Website: eurovision
.tv /event /liverpool-2023 Ι https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/eurovision-song-contest-2023/
- Number of entries: 37: Final 26 [🇫🇷 France (58ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (41ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (58ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (57ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (54ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (15ª), ]; First Semi-Final 15 ; Second Semi-Final 16 . 🇸🇪 Sweden (62ª),🇦🇹 Austria (55ª),🇨🇾 Cyprus (39ª),🇦🇺 Australia (8ª),🇳🇱 The Netherlands (63ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (45ª),🇲🇩 Moldova (18ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (51ª),🇵🇹 Portugal (54ª),🇳🇴Norway (61ª),🇸🇮 Slovenia (28ª),🇱🇹 Lithuania (23ª),🇪🇪 Estonia (28ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (15ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (19ª),🇨🇿 Czech Republic (11ª),🇫🇮 Finland (56ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (56ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (64ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (15ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (15ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (43ª),🇮🇸Iceland (35ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (28ª), Switzerland (63ª),🇸🇲 San Marino (13ª),🇲🇹 Malta (35ª),🇷🇴 Romania (23ª), 🇬🇪 Georgia (15ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (25ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (23ª)
- Debuting countries: –
- Returning countries: –
- Non-returning countries: 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (14ª), 🇲🇪 Montenegro (12ª), 🇲🇰 North Macedonia (21ª)
- Voting system: Each country awards one set (in the semi-finals) or two sets (in the final) of 12, 10, 8–1 points to ten songs. Votes from viewers in non-participating countries are aggregated and awarded as one set of points. / Each country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs based on the votes of professional juries and viewers. In the semi-finals, each country awards one set of points based solely on public voting, and in the final, two sets are awarded, the first from a professional jury and the second from viewers. Votes from viewers in non-participating countries are aggregated and awarded as one set of points.
- Nul points in Final: –
- Winning song: –
G: Confirmed countries that have selected their song and/or performer; V: Confirmed countries that have not yet selected their song and/or performer; Y: Countries that participated in the past but not in 2023
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is the upcoming 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is set to take place in Liverpool, United Kingdom, after Ukraine, winner of the 2022 contest with the song “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra, was unable to meet the demands of hosting the event due to security concerns caused by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest will be held at the Liverpool Arena, and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and a final on 13 May 2023. It will be a record-extending ninth time that the United Kingdom hosts the contest, having last done so in Birmingham in 1998.
Thirty-seven countries will participate in the contest, with Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia all deciding against participation, mainly due to the economic impact of the 2021–2022 global energy crisis.
1.0.Venue. The 2023 contest will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom. It will be the ninth time that the United Kingdom hosts the contest, having previously done so in 1960, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982 and 1998. The selected venue is the 11,000-seat Liverpool Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in ACC Liverpool complex, which serves as a venue for events including concerts and sports. The venue has previously hosted the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and 2017, and the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
In addition to the main venue, the host city will also organise side events in tandem with the contest. The Eurovision Village is the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the event weeks, where it will be possible to watch performances by contest participants and local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It is provisionally set to be located at the Pier Head and open from 5 to 13 May 2023.
1.1.Host country selection: The 2022 contest was won by Ukraine with the song “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra, and in accordance with Eurovision tradition, the EBU initially gave Ukraine the opportunity to organise the 2023 contest. Ukraine had hosted the contest twice before, in 2005 and 2017, both times in Kyiv. However, in light of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, speculation was raised that the country would not be capable of hosting the event. Due to this, several countries expressed interest in hosting in the event that Ukraine could not, including Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain (which later withdrew its interest), Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The previous time the contest was not held in the previous year’s winning country was in 1980.
On 16 May 2022, Mykola Chernotytskyi, chairman of the Ukrainian participating broadcaster Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), stated that they wish to host the contest in a peaceful Ukraine and hoped that the country would be able to guarantee the safety of all participants and their delegations during the event. Chernotytskyi stated on 20 May that the broadcaster would begin discussions with the EBU regarding the hosting of the contest.
Numerous Ukrainian politicians advocated for the contest to take place in Ukraine. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that he hoped for the contest to one day take place in Mariupol. Mykola Povoroznyk, the first deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration, stated on 26 May 2022 that Kyiv would be ready to host the contest if asked. Ukrainian minister of cultureOleksandr Tkachenko stated on 3 June his intention to discuss conditional changes with the EBU in order to allow the contest to be held in the country. Taras Melnychuk, representative of the Ukrainian government for the Verkhovna Rada, stated on 10 June that a committee was formed to aid the organisation of the contest.
On 16 June 2022, UA:PBC and the Ukrainian government held a meeting with the EBU to discuss potential hosting options in Ukraine. At the meeting, UA:PBC proposed Lviv, Zakarpattia and Kyiv as potential host locations. The following day, the EBU announced that Ukraine would not be able to host the contest, following assessments with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists, and that discussions would begin with the BBC for potentially hosting in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom had finished in second place in the 2022 contest with the song “Space Man” by Sam Ryder. In response, UA:PBC chairman Chernotytskyi and Ukrainian minister of culture Tkachenko, alongside former Ukrainian Eurovision winners Ruslana, Jamala and Oleh Psiuk of Kalush Orchestra, issued a joint statement requesting further talks with the EBU on hosting the event in Ukraine. This stance was supported by then-British prime minister Boris Johnson, the Polish broadcaster TVP, Polish deputy prime minister and minister of culturePiotr Gliński, and then-British culture secretaryNadine Dorries. A follow-up statement from the EBU on 23 June reaffirmed its decision to not host the event in Ukraine, highlighting the security considerations for doing so while also urging for the process of choosing the host country to not be politicised.
On 25 July 2022, the EBU, UA:PBC and the BBC announced that the 2023 contest would be held in the United Kingdom, with the host city bidding process to commence in the same week. This will be the fifth time that the UK hosts instead of the previous year’s winning country, having previously done so for the Netherlands in 1960, France in 1963, Monaco in 1972, and Luxembourg in 1974.
1.2. Host city bidding phase: Simultaneous with the confirmation that the United Kingdom would host the contest on behalf of Ukraine, host broadcaster BBC launched the bidding process on 25 July 2022. The BBC stated that “any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability, and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.” The selection criteria for the host city in previous years have included: a venue capable of accommodating at least 10,000 spectators, a press centre for a maximum of 1,500 journalists, easy reachability to an international airport, and hotel accommodation for at least 2,000 delegates, journalists and spectators.
During the first stage of the bidding process, the BBC received expressions of interest from 20 UK cities and towns, seven of which were shortlisted on 12 August 2022: Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield. These cities went to the second stage, where they had until 8 September to develop their bids in detail for evaluation by the BBC, who also conducted visits to the cities throughout the month. On 27 September, Glasgow and Liverpool were announced to have made the final shortlist, and on 7 October, the EBU and the BBC announced Liverpool as the host city, with the Liverpool Arena as the chosen venue for the contest.
Location of shortlisted cities ( Host venue (in blue), Final shortlist (in yellow), shortlisted cities (in green), other bidding citties (in red) and cities that expressed interest but ultimately did not bid (in grey).
|Aberdeen||P&J Live||Supported by Aberdeen City Council.||—|
|Birmingham||Resorts World Arena||Supported by Birmingham City Council, NEC Group and West Midlands Combined Authority.||15.685|
|Brighton||Brighton Centre||Withdrew its proposal on 11 August 2022, citing lack of required infrastructure and venue.||—|
|Bristol||YTL Arena Bristol||Is undergoing renovation works.||—|
|Cardiff||Principality Stadium||Withdrew its proposal on 3 August 2022, citing unavailability of the proposed venue.||—|
|Darlington||The Darlington Arena||Proposal was dependent on the construction of a roof to cover the arena. Supported by Darlington Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority.||—|
|Derry||Millennium Forum||Withdrew its proposal on 8 August 2022, citing lack of a suitable venue and supporting accommodation infrastructure.||—|
|Edinburgh||Highland Hall||Supported by Edinburgh City Council.||—|
|Glasgow||OVO Hydro||Exterior of the venue was featured in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Supported by Glasgow City Council.||13.000|
|Leeds||First Direct Arena||Supported by Leeds City Council.||13.781|
|Liverpool||Liverpool Arena (M&S Bank Arena)||Supported by Liverpool City Council and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.||11.000|
|London||O2 Arena, Copper Box, Wembley Arena||Potential venues include the O2 Arena and the OVO Arena.||—|
|Manchester||AO Arena||Supported by Manchester City Council.||21.000|
|Newcastle||Utilita Arena Newcastle||Supported by Newcastle City Council.||11.000|
|Nottingham||Motorpoint Arena Nottingham||Withdrew its proposal on 9 August 2022, citing the proposed venue’s incapability to meet EBU requirements.||—|
|Sheffield||Utilita Arena Sheffield||Supported by Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.||13.600|
|Sunderland||Stadium of Light||Withdrew its proposal on 10 August 2022, citing unavailability of the proposed venue.||—|
|Wolverhampton||Molineux Stadium, Dunstall Park, Civic Halls||—||—|
2.Production. The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be produced by the British public broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Ukrainian public broadcaster, the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), will work with the BBC to develop and implement Ukrainian elements for the live shows, including theme artwork, background music, selection of presenters, postcards, and opening and interval acts. The three shows will be produced by BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial subsidiary. The senior production team will comprise of Martin Green as managing director, Rachel Ashdown as lead commissioner, Andrew Cartmell as executive producer, Lee Smithurst as head of show, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen as head of contest, and James O’Brien as executive in charge of production.
2.1.Visual design. On 7 October 2022, along with the host city announcement, the EBU revealed the generic logo for the 2023 contest. The Eurovision heart, which typically has the flag of the host country placed in its centre, contains the Ukrainian flag for this year to reflect the country’s win the previous year. The ‘Song Contest’ text is accompanied below by ‘United Kingdom’ and further down by ‘Liverpool 2023’.
2.4. Opening and interval acts.
3.0.Voting system. On 22 November 2022, the EBU announced major changes to the voting system for the 2023 contest. The results of the semi-finals would be determined solely by televoting, as was the case between 2004 and 2007, while the results of the final would be determined by both national juries and televoting, as has been the case since the 2009 final. In the event that a country cannot deliver a televoting result for the semi-finals, a backup jury result would be used, and should the issue persists into the final, the jury points awarded in the final would be doubled, replacing the previous procedure of using an algorithm to calculate and assign points based on countries with similar voting patterns. If a country’s jury is disqualified, the televoting points from that country would be doubled and used as a substitute in the final.[a] Viewers from non-participating countries would also be able to vote in all shows, with their votes being aggregated and presented as one individual set of points under “Rest of the World”. Those viewers would be able to cast votes via an online platform, which requires ownership of a credit or debit card for verification.
3.1.Entries. For the third year in a row, delegations have the option to use pre-recorded backing vocals, though each delegation can still use backing singers – whether on or off stage – or a combination of live and recorded backing vocals. However, all lead vocals performing the melody of the song must still be live.
3.1.1.Participating countries: Semi-finals / Final. On 20 October 2022, the EBU announced that 37 countries will participate in the 2023 contest, with Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia opting not to participate for financial reasons:
The two semi-finals will take place on 9 and 11 May 2023. A draw to determine the participating countries’ semi-finals will take place at the end of January. For the first time since 2009, the results of the semi-finals will be determined solely by televoting.
The final will take place on 13 May 2023. Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, composed of the previous edition’s winner Ukraine, the “Big Five” (which includes host country the United Kingdom), and the ten best-ranked entries of each of the two semi-finals. All participating countries will vote in the final.
3.2.Semi-final allocation draw. The BBC commissioned an independent production company to produce the semi-final allocation draw, which will include the passing of the host city insignia from previous host city Turin to Liverpool. The draw will take place at the end of January, though the exact date and venue have yet to be announced.
- Pot 1: 🇦🇱 Albania, 🇭🇷 Croatia, 🇷🇸 Serbia, 🇸🇮 Slovenia
- Pot 2: 🇦🇺 Australia, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇮🇸 Iceland, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇸🇪 Sweden
- Pot 3: 🇦🇲 Armenia, 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan, 🇬🇪 Georgia, 🇮🇱 Israel, 🇺🇦 Ukraine
- Pot 4: 🇨🇾 Cyprus, 🇬🇷 Greece, 🇲🇹 Malta, 🇵🇹 Portugal, 🇸🇲 San Marino
- Pot 5: 🇪🇪 Estonia, 🇱🇻 Latvia, 🇱🇹Lithuania, 🇲🇩 Moldova, 🇵🇱 Poland, 🇷🇴 Romania
- Pot 6: 🇦🇹 Austria, 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇨🇿 Czech Republic, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands, 🇨🇭 Switzerland
3.3.Postcards. The BBC will commission an independent production company to create a concept for and produce the video postcards, which are shown before each act. Filming for the postcards is set to occur between January and April 2023.
4.Participating countries. On 20 October 2022, the EBU announced that 37 countries would participate in the contest, with Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia opting not to participate for financial reasons.
4.2.Participants and results.
4.3.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2023:
• National Selections in 2023:
|Albania||Festivali i Këngës 2022 (Festivali i 61-rë i Këngës në RTSH)||–|
|Croatia||DORA 2023. (Hrvatski izbor za pjesmu Eurovizije)||–|
|Czech Republic||ESCZ 2023||–|
|Denmark||Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023||–|
|Estonia||Eesti Laul 2023||–|
|Finland||Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2023||–|
|France||Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez ! 2023||–|
|Georgia||The Voice Georgia 2023 (The Voice საქართველო – Season 5) (artist selection)||–|
|Ireland||Eurosong 2023: The Late late Show special||–|
|Italy||Festival di San Remo 2023 (73º Festival della canzone italiana)||–|
|Lithuania||Pabandom iš naujo 2023||–|
|Malta||Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (artist selection)||–|
|Norway||Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 2023||–|
|Poland||Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję 2023||–|
|Portugal||Festival da Canção 2023 (55º Festival RTP da Canção)||–|
|San Marino||Una Voce per San Marino 2023||–|
|Serbia||Pesma za Evroviziju ’23 (Песма за Евровизију ’23)||–|
|Slovenia||EMA (Evrovizijska MelodijA) 2023||–|
|Spain||Benidorm Fest 2023||–|
|Ukraine||Vidbir 2023 (відбір 2023)||–|
|Cyprus||artist: Andrew Lambrou|
|Israel||artist: Noa Kirel|
|The Netherlands||artists: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper|
4.5.Semi-final 1. The first semi-final took place on
• 1st halft (1-9); 2nd halft: (10-17): Draw – Country – Artist – Song – Language – Place – Points
4.6.Semi-final 2. The second semi-final took place on
• 1st halft (1-9); 2nd halft (10-18): Draw – Country – Artist – Song – Language – Place – Points
4.7.Final. The final took place on
• Draw – Country – Artist – Song – Language – Place – Points
5.Other countries. Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU regularly issues invitations of participation in the contest to all active members. Associate member Australia does not need an invitation for the 2023 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023.
5.1.Active EBU members.
- Andorra – On 26 May 2022, Dani Ortolà, content manager of Andorran broadcaster RTVA, confirmed that the country currently is unlikely to return to the contest in the short or medium term. Andorra last took part in 2009.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 14 October 2022, Bosnian broadcaster BHRT confirmed that the country would not return in 2023, citing ongoing financial issues. Bosnia and Herzegovina last took part in 2016.
- Bulgaria – On 19 October 2022, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT confirmed to several Bulgarian news outlets that the country would not participate in 2023, citing financial constraints.
- Luxembourg – On 2 August 2022, Luxembourgish broadcaster RTL confirmed that the country would not return in 2023, stating that the broadcaster “currently concentrates on news and current affairs, rather than music and entertainment shows” and that Eurovision participation “would entail a financial strain on the broadcaster”. Luxembourg last took part in 1993.
- Monaco – On 22 November 2021, it was reported that part of the Monégasque state budget had been reserved for participation in the 2023 contest. However, the plans were delayed because the launch of Monaco’s new public television channel, Monte-Carlo Riviera TV, was pushed back to between June to September 2023 instead of the initially outlined period of late 2022, putting the possibility of Monaco returning to the contest by 2024 at the earliest. On 5 September 2022, Monaco Media Diffusion confirmed that the country would not return in 2023. Monaco last took part in 2006.
- Montenegro – On 13 October 2022, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG confirmed that the country would not participate in 2023, citing financial constraints and a lack of interest from sponsors. Shortly after, Enisa Nikaj, who represented New York in the first American Song Contest, stated that she was set to represent Montenegro in Eurovision.
- North Macedonia – On 14 October 2022, Macedonian broadcaster MRT confirmed that the country would not participate in 2023, citing financial constraints. The broadcaster will, however, still broadcast the contest, with a view of returning in 2024.
- Slovakia – On 10 June 2022, Slovak broadcaster RTVS confirmed that the country would not return in 2023, citing financial constraints and low viewing figures during their time in the contest. Slovakia last took part in 2012.
5.2 Associate members.
- Kazakhstan – In October 2022, TV producer Zhan Mukanov stated that the Kazakh broadcaster Khabar Agency was in discussions with the EBU about potentially being invited to debut in 2023, stating that “there is every chance [for Kazakhstan] to enter the adult Eurovision next year” and that the country’s participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 would have a “significant impact” on its chances of debuting. However, the country did not appear on the final list of participants.
- Kosovo – On 16 May 2022, the Director-General of Kosovan broadcaster RTK Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj stated that the broadcaster is aiming to apply for EBU membership at the end of the year and confirmed that should RTK gain EBU membership, Kosovo would be able to participate in the contest. However, the deadline for broadcasters to apply for participation in 2023 was on 15 September 2022, making a Kosovar debut in 2023 impossible. The country ultimately did not appear on the final list of participants.
- Liechtenstein – On 9 August 2022, the Liechtensteiner broadcaster 1 FL TV confirmed that they are no longer aiming to apply for EBU membership, therefore indefinitely ruling out a debut in the contest.
- Belarus – On 28 May 2021, the EBU Executive Board agreed to suspend the membership of Belarusian broadcaster BTRC as a result of the use of the channel by the Belarusian government as a propaganda tool. The broadcaster was given two weeks to respond before the suspension came into effect, but did not do so publicly. BTRC was expelled from the EBU on 1 July for a period of three years, therefore losing the rights to broadcast and participate in any Eurovision event until 1 July 2024; the broadcaster subsequently released a statement affirming that they would not be supporting Belarus’ participation in upcoming years. Belarus last took part in 2019, though they had intended to take part in 2020 and 2021.
- Russia – On 25 February 2022, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and increasing protests from other participating countries, the EBU announced that Russia would be excluded from the 2022 contest. The day after, all EBU members from Russia, including VGTRK and Channel One, announced their withdrawal from the union; however, the EBU itself had yet to receive a confirmation. On 1 March, a further statement from the EBU announced that it had suspended its Russian members from its governance structures. On 26 May, the EBU made effective the suspension of its Russian members, causing Russia to indefinitely lose broadcasting and participation rights for future Eurovision events. Russia last took part in 2021, though they had intended to take part in 2022.
6.Broadcasts. All participating broadcasters may choose to have on-site or remote commentators providing an insight about the show and voting information to their local audience. While they must broadcast at least the semi-final they are voting in and the final, most broadcasters air all three shows with different programming plans. Similarly, some non-participating broadcasters may still want to air the contest. Additionally, the European Broadcasting Union will provide international live streams of both semi-finals and the final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary. The following are the broadcasters that have confirmed in whole or in part their broadcasting plans and/or commentators:
|Australia||All shows||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey||–|
|Italy||All shows||Rai 1||Gabriele Corsi, Cristiano Malgioglio and Carolina Di Domenico||–|
|United Kingdom||All shows||BBC One||–||–|
|North Macedonia||All shows||MRT 1||TBA||–|
Marcel Bezençon Awards.
- [a] The procedure of using calculated points would remain as a last resort in the event that a country cannot deliver a valid jury or televoting result.