How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the UK and USon May 13, 2023 at 16:22 Tech Advisor
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest international entertainment competitions, and the renowned show has officially made its way to UK shores.
Last year, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra stormed the competition with Stefania. However, the EBU confirmed that the country wouldn’t be able to host the contest due to the ongoing war with Russia.
The runner-up act of 2022 was the UK, and as such the country is hosting on behalf of Ukraine, creating a unique collaborative event.
We’ve rounded up all the information on the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, including when the show airs, how to tune in from the UK and abroad, who is taking part and more.
When is the Eurovision 2023 final?
The Eurovision Grand Final takes place today, Saturday 13 May 2023. Here are the times that it will kick off around the world:
8pm BST (UK)9pm CEST (Europe)3pm ET (East Coast US)12pm PT (West Coast US)4:30am ACDT (Australia)
You can watch the winning performance from 2022 below:
Who is the host city of Eurovision 2023?
The UK has caught Eurovision fever, as none other than Liverpool will be hosting the competition. It is the fifth UK city to host the competition, narrowly beating Glasgow in the bidding contest.
Though the show will be based in the UK, the focus will very much be on Ukraine, as the contest would have been held there had it not been for the invasion by Russia.
You can take a look at the stage design below:
Can I still get tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023?
Tickets for Eurovision sold out extremely quickly after huge demand. However, there may be some available for resale on Ticketmaster.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK
As per previous years, you should be able to tune in to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023 on BBC One. Graham Norton will be returning for his usual hilarious commentary.
You’ll also be able to watch the show live on BBC One via iPlayer, and stream it shortly after the broadcast on the BBC iPlayer website or app on your tablet or smartphone.
Both semi-finals will now air on BBC One, rather than BBC Two.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from the US
US viewers can tune in via Peacock. An ad-supported plan costs $5.99 per month, whilst an ad-free one costs $9.99 per month. However, new users can get a seven-day free trial.
YouTube will also be live-streaming the whole Grand Final on the official Eurovision channel, as well as both semi-finals.
You can see a full list of the international broadcasters here.
Who is presenting Eurovision 2023?
Graham Norton will be stepping outside the commentary box after all, despite earlier claims that he wouldn’t.
He will be joined by actress Hannah Waddingham (currently best known for Ted Lasso), award-winning Ukrainian singer, Julia Sanina and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon.
Graham will still be commenting on some of the Final, but will be sharing duties with actress and comedian Mel Giedroyc. Scott Mills and Rylan will be commentating on both semi-finals.
How to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest
The easiest way to vote for your favourite act in the Eurovision Song Contest is by downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet. It is available from Google Play the iOS App Store and the Windows Store, and is free to download. You can also vote via the official website.
Once you’ve got the app, you’ll be able to find out more about the participants from the countries taking part, and you’ll also be able to find out the latest Eurovision news.
But more importantly, you can cast your vote using the app simply by clicking on the vote button and choosing your favourite. You can vote multiple times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from.
Who are the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 finalists?
There are 37 countries participating in Eurovision 2023, but only 26 make it through to the Grand Final. Both the UK and Ukraine automatically get slots in the Grand Final as the hosts.
They will be joined by Germany, France, Italy and Spain – members of the Big Five who automatically qualify due to being the biggest contributors to the contest. Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia will not be entering due to financial reasons, and Russia was expelled from the competition last year.
Here is the running order for the Grand Final:
Eurovision 2023 finalists and running order
Austria | Teya & Salena – Who The Hell Is Edgar?Portugal | Mimicat – Ai CoraçãoSwitzerland | Remo Forrer – WatergunPoland | Blanka – SoloSerbia | Luke Black – Samo Mi Se SpavaFrance La Zarra – ÉvidemmentCyprus | Andrew Lambrou – Break A Broken HeartSpain: Blanca Paloma – EaeaSweden | Loreen – TattooAlbania | Albina & Familja Kelmendi – DujeItaly | Marco Mengoni – Due ViteEstonia | Alika – BridgesFinland | Käärijä – Cha Cha ChaCzechia | Vesna – My Sister’s CrownAustralia | Voyager – PromiseBelgium | Gustaph – Because Of YouArmenia | Brunette – Future LoverMoldova | Pasha Parfeni – Soarele şi LunaUkraine: TVORCHI – Heart of SteelNorway | Alessandra – Queen of KingsGermany Lord of the Lost – Blood & GlitterLithuania | Monika Linkytė – StayIsrael | Noa Kirel – UnicornSlovenia | Joker Out – Carpe DiemCroatia | Let 3 – Mama ŠČ!United Kingdom: Mae Muller – I Wrote A Song
Who is the UK entry for Eurovision?
This year, Mae Muller will be representing the UK with I Wrote A Song, an upbeat pop track all about a cheating ex. It’s quite a stark contrast to last year, but full of fun and an ideal Eurovision song.
Muller has previously supported Little Mix, and has worked with the likes of Aitch and Sigala.
Of course, she has big steps to follow, as last year’s entry from Sam Ryder, Space Man, got the highest Jury vote and finished second overall.