Eurovision Song Contest 2023’s date, location, hosts and how to get tickets to UK event
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Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, Bill Addy, chief executive at the Liverpool Bid Company and Faye Dyer, managing director of the ACC Group, at Liverpool M&S Arena (Picture: PA)

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With the just weeks away, here is everything you need to know about the Liverpool event.

While the UK entry for the long-running competition has yet to be confirmed, many other details are.

We now know who’ll be presenting the show when it arrives in , with a mix of Ukrainian stars and UK household names presiding over the glitzy bash and delivering the good – and bad – news to those acts hoping for a few ‘douze points’.

took the win but was deemed unable to host this year because of the Russian invasion.

As the UK came second at the European event with , it took on the responsibility for organising the event, with Liverpool later being chosen as the host city.

Here is everything you need to know about the date, location and how to get tickets for Eurovision 2023.

When is Eurovision 2023?

The Eurovision artwork and slogan has already been unveiled (Picture: BBC)

The 2023 Eurovision grand final will take place on Saturday, May 13, with the semi-finals being held on Tuesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 11.

A total of 37 countries will be competing in this year’s contest, six of which are automatically qualified for the final.

These six are last year’s winners Ukraine, along with the ‘Big 5’ of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – who are the main financiers of the contest.

The other countries will compete in the semi-finals for a place in the grand final, with the top 10 from each semi-final qualifying.

For the first time ever, the semi-finals will be shown on BBC One, with the results being decided entirely by televote – although the UK will be able to vote in the second semi-final on May 11.

The final will see a mix of jury votes and televotes combined to decide the eventual winner – who will presumably have the honour of being the host country in 2024.

Where will Eurovision 2023 take place?

Sam Ryder came in second place in last year’s Eurovision (Picutre: AFP via Getty Images)

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena.

Previous artists who have performed at the massive venue include the 1975 and Lewis Capaldi, as well as comedian Peter Kay.

Who are the 2023 Eurovision presenters?

,  and Hannah Waddingham have been

Also joining the popular British and Irish TV personalities is Ukrainian singer, composer and Hardkiss band frontwoman Julia Sanina.

Mel Giedroyc will also be on hand to take turns with Graham in the commentary box, providing insight into the show and the acts while Graham is presenting – while Scott Mills and Rylan Clark will be providing commentary for the semi-finals.

Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko, who went viral last year for performing his commentary on the competition from an underground bunker as Russia continued its invasion of the country, will be a Eurovision Correspondent in Liverpool.

He will also co-host the red carpet opening ceremony for the contest along with Sam Quek, with the event streamed live online on Sunday, May 7.

When will tickets go on sale?

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine after winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy (Picture: REUTERS)

Tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 went on sale at 12pm GMT today (Tuesday, March 7).

There are nine live shows to nab tickets for, comprising six previews and three televised shows – all of which can give fans the opportunity to experience the magic of Eurovision, as Liverpool Arena transforms to become one of the world’s biggest TV studios.

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Tickets are only available to purchase regardless of the country you are booking from, and you can only purchase tickets for one show at a time.

In line with previous Eurovision Song Contests, tickets are priced from £30 to £290 for the Semi Final shows and from £80 to £380 for the Grand Final shows.

You must have a Ticketmaster UK account to purchase tickets, and fans were encouraged to create their account in advance of today.

What do we know about the UK entry?

Graham Norton announced the Eurovision 2023 host city on The One Show (Picture: BBC One)

The UK has yet to reveal its act for Liverpool, although it’s been reported that they will do soon, in early March.

Once again, the song and artist are being internally selected in conjunction with Tap Music, who were behind last year’s entry from Sam Ryder.

Speculation has been mounting that singer Rina Sawayama could be flying the UK flag in Liverpool, with Ladbrokes offering odds of just 3/1 on her being named as this year’s act, but nothing has been confirmed.

One way or another, we’ll know soon enough…

The Eurovision Song Contest airs Saturday, May 13 on BBC One.

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