This year marks the 67th edition of the competition as 37 countries compete for the Eurovision trophy. With both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final, produced by BBC Studios, broadcasting live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the first time, the BBC will also deliver a raft of additional programming, including shows from Rex TV, part of Zinc Media Group, EOne, Little Gem and Shearwater Media.
It’s the first time since 1998 that the United Kingdom will play host to the 2023 contest and will do so on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine who are unable to host due to the ongoing war.
Both Semi-Finals broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer will be presented by Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham with Eurovision legend Graham Norton joining the musical trio on stage for the Grand Final. Rylan and Scott Mills will provide commentary for audiences on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for both Semi-Finals, with Mel Giedroyc and Graham stepping into the commentary box for the Grand Final.

The live shows will also feature specially commissioned films and electrifying performances from music icons such as Rita Ora, 2022 Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra, the UK’s out of this world 2022 star Sam Ryder, Liverpool’s very own Rebecca Ferguson, 2010 Ukrainian entry Alyosha, icons of Eurovision and many, many more.

Kate Phillips, BBC Director of Unscripted said: “We couldn’t be more proud and excited to give our audiences such a huge array of world class Eurovision content. It’s an honour for the BBC to host the show on behalf of Ukraine, and we’re committed to do them proud. The level of collaboration and coordination across so much of the output is truly amazing. Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!”

The Grand Final and both Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be produced by BBC Studios. BBC Eurovision coverage is commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of BBC Unscripted. The Managing Director for the BBC is Martin Green CBE and the Lead Commissioner for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. For BBC Studios, Andrew Cartmell is Executive Producer and Lee Smithurst is Head of Show. Lead Creative Director is Dan Shipton and Creative Director for UA:PBC is German Nenov.

Additional programming

Get Your Eurovision On! BBC iPlayer

BBC Eurovision Commentator for over 10 years Scott Mills loves the annual song contest and in this special compilation he is joined by EastEnders’s star, Natalie Cassidy for a celebration of the pure joy, unity and downright banging tunes that is… Eurovision.

They will delve in to some of the most iconic performances and look back at incredible staging, memorable moments and of course costume.

Between them, Scott and Natalie will celebrate some of the biggest Eurovision moments of the past 20 years, and beyond, while looking forward to this year’s competition in Liverpool.

Whether a diehard Eurovision fan or new to the competition, Get your Eurovision On! will have audiences bopping away to some of the best moments from the greatest show on earth.

Get Your Eurovision On! is produced by Rex TV, part of Zinc Media Group, for BBC iPlayer.

Eurovision Song Contest’s Turquoise Carpet EBU YouTube – Sunday 7 May

The Turquoise Carpet Opening Ceremony is a highly anticipated event in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest, and this year’s promises to be no exception.

Hosted at Liverpool’s historic St George’s Hall, the event will see Liverpool’s own Sam Quek and Ukrainian Eurovision legend Timur Miroshnychenko welcome all 37 acts to the city. Exclusive coverage is available on EBU YouTube on Sunday 7 May, and highlights will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer the following evening, Monday 8 May. The event is the perfect introduction to the upcoming week of festivities.

Sam and Timur will be on hand to get to know the performers and share the latest backstage gossip, making this a must-watch event for Eurovision fans around the world.

Eurovision Song Contest’s Turquoise Carpet is a EOne production for the BBC.

Eurovision Welcomes The World

BBC One / BBC iPlayer – Monday 8 May

Join hosts Rylan and Liverpool born actress Sunetra Sarker as they kick off the week of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The pair have an access all areas pass to the Turquoise Carpet Opening Ceremony plus they will bring audiences highlights of The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome – a one of a kind outdoor event to mark the start of Liverpool’s big Eurovision week taking place on Sunday 7 May.

Over this hour long show there will be a chance for audiences to get to know the acts competing to follow in 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra’s footsteps, plus there will be music and jaw-dropping performances as the city kicks off the Eurovision celebrations with the specially curated outdoor spectacular.

Eurovision Welcomes The World is a EOne production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Eurovision Calling: Jason and Chelcee’s Ultimate Guide BBC One / BBC iPlayer – Monday 8 May

Comedian Jason Manford and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes present Eurovision Calling: Jason and Chelcee’s Ultimate Guide. This entertainment programme will see the pair explore why the Eurovision Song Contest is the greatest show on Earth. Using a mix of fascinating archive footage and revealing interviews with fans, experts and competitors, this one hour film will delve into the story of how the Contest has become the world’s largest live music event, creating global superstars and leaving an impact on the lives of many.

Sharing their own exclusive personal experiences of the Eurovision Song Contest with Jason will be Sam Ryder who came second in 2022’s contest and Katrina Leskanich from Katrina and the Waves, the UK’s last Eurovision Song Contest winner from 1997, plus Jason meets Mae Muller who is representing the UK in Liverpool.

Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Chelcee will join forces with Jason to provide exclusive behind-the- scenes access to the Eurovision Song Contest preparations, as well as revealing some little-known facts about the event. Chelcee will take audiences to Liverpool to meet the team getting the arena ready for Eurovision 2023 and visit Sweden to find out just how popular the Contest is there. Plus Jason meets a family from Newcastle who tell them just what the contest means to them and a group of LGBTQI fans from Manchester who talk about the impact the contest has had on them.

Eurovision Calling: Jason and Chelcee’s Ultimate Guide is a Little Gem production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Eurovision: Everyone’s A Winner
BBC One / BBC iPlayer – Friday 12 May

From Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront, Fleur East presents a special Top 20 Eurovision Countdown – songs that missed out on the big prize but still went on to become monster hits.

Compiled by combining worldwide online streaming and viewing figures, Fleur reveals the Eurovision entries watched and listened to in their millions.

Sam Ryder’s ‘Space Man’ came second in the 2022 Contest but will it make our countdown? All is revealed to studio guests, UK 2018 entrant SuRie, BBC Radio 1’s Dean McCullough and ‘Dr Eurovision’ Paul Jordan who, incredibly, has a PhD in Eurovision Studies. Plus a host of Eurovision super-fans including Scott Mills, Claire Sweeney and Owain Wyn Evans, join the fun as the hits keep coming.

Featuring sultry pop divas from Cyprus and Spain, a tender tearjerker from Germany, a dancing ape from Italy and a surprise Number 1, it’s the show where, thanks to the amazing power of Eurovision, everyone’s a winner.
Eurovision: Everyone’s A Winner is a Shearwater Media production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Pippa Considine

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