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It’s a good year to be a U.K. Eurovision fan. And it’s going to be a good New Year, too.

In November the BBC announced Sam Ryder’s All Star New Year’s Eve, a special show to welcome 2023. In a press release it said:

“Made by BBC Studios Entertainment, this spectacular celebration will see Sam joined by some of music’s biggest stars to put on an out of this world New Year Eve extravaganza as the nation builds up to the midnight moment. Performing hits which span the decades, Sam and his all-star guests will party into 2023. After heading live to the banks of the River Thames as London is lit up with the first full fireworks display since 2019. The celebrations will continue after midnight with Sam’s take on classic tunes and a number of special duets, guaranteed to keep the nation singing and dancing until the small hours.”

And now the BBC has announced even more programming, including a special broadcast of Het Grote Songfestivalfeest — the massive Eurovision concert in Amsterdam, which many of you may have attended last month. 

We’re pasting the BBC press release in full below. 

BBC kicks off the year of Eurovision this New Year with special programming

As the excitement continues to build for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, the BBC will be bringing audiences a special celebration concert this New Year’s Eve to kick the year of Eurovision in the UK off in style.

The BBC will deliver the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine to a global audience of more than 160 million as it takes place in May 2023 in host city Liverpool.

To get the party started, The Big Eurovision Party sees some of the biggest stars in the recent history of the Contest take to the stage to perform their best known Eurovision bangers and ballads. The party is presented by Eurovision legend Edsilia Rombley, with the UK’s very own Rylan taking viewers back stage to chat with the stars. Acts performing include 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra, Subwoolfer, Stefania, TIX and Sam Ryder. The concert airs on New Year’s Eve immediately after Sam Ryder welcomes in 2023 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The concert, which took place in the Netherlands last month and has been acquired for the BBC by Rachel Ashdown, Lead Commissioner for Eurovision Song Contest.

On December 30, a very special edition of The Weakest Link sees Eurovision stars and presenters take part in the much loved quiz show. Former Eurovision performers Duncan James, Cheryl Baker, Sonia and Kate Robbins appear alongside Scott Mills, Tia Kofi, Lauren Layfield, and Sarah Cawood. The show sees BAFTA award winning comedian Romesh Ranganathan host as the players work as a team to try to win up to £50,000 for their individual chosen charity. Each round, one player will be voted The Weakest Link by their fellow contestants and will leave with nothing. After a final head to head, one player will be crowned The Strongest Link and will take the prize.

The Big Eurovision Party and The Weakest Link: Eurovision Song Contest Special join the previously announced Sam Ryder’s All Star New Year’s Eve which sees 2022 Eurovision runner up Sam Ryder welcome in 2023. This spectacular celebration will see Sam joined by some of music’s biggest stars to put on an out of this world New Year Eve extravaganza.

Rylan says: “What better way to kick off the year of Eurovision in the UK than this incredible evening of programming on the BBC. The Big Eurovision Party is the perfect pre-party to the main event in May 2023 and we can’t wait to see new and existing fans enjoy the incredible music the Contest has to offer.”

Before all this, Eurovision fans can cheer on 13 year old Freya Skye as she represents the UK at Junior Eurovision Song Contest which audiences can watch live this weekend, Sunday 11 December from 3pm on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and CBBC. The UK commentators for The Junior Eurovision Song Contest on the BBC are Lauren Layfield and HRVY.

 
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romeo
romeo
1 month ago

Rylan is a viewer repellent. Why do TV channels insist on pushing his annoying personality on Eurovision fans?

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  romeo

Please not Rylan to host 2023. Not even the semi final commentary, there a far more better presenters out there

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  romeo

They would have to give a warning before the show about his teeth

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

YAS! Impressive to have him for the prestigious NYE show! BBC showed massive support to the Eurovision act this year which is exactly what we’ve been asking them to do all these years in the past.

Sam deserved all the success! Go stream his new album, out today!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Yaaaas!

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago

Great to see the BBC taking Eurovision hosting duties so seriously – I’m very impressed.
Worries me slightly though that Rylan is so involved – I think he’s got the presenting job for Liverpool in the bag, if this isn’t a hint I don’t know what is!
I like Rylan very much but he doesn’t have the experience for such a huge live event.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Robbie

I think he is more likely a Green Room candidate though I was rather hoping for Philomena Cunk.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Maybe the BBC will do a 2009 and have different presenters for the semi-finals.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Who would you pick Jonas? I’ve no clue really but I would personally pick Alex Jones and Matt Baker as the main hosts with Mel Giedroyc in the green room (Alex and Matt are so personable, calm and professional and Mel, well she’s as mad as a brush.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Robbie

I don’t know a lot of the names, but I would like Claudia Winkleman. Maybe with Timur or some other Ukrainian presenter. I’d like to see Graham Norton on camera somehow, he and Claudia did well at the Eurovision Dance Contest in Glasgow a long time ago, they’re probably only better now.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I thought it was going to be a Ukrainian presenter. Also, I think the presenter needs to be able to speak English and French, which would rule out many of the UK’s top presenters (sadly).

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Fiona Bruce and David Dimbleby? “Good evening, Europe, you are live at the BBC!”

David McCall is a fluent French speaker.

In an alternate universe, maybe the BBC can hire Eva Green to do it.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I think we need to keep it young. Tomasz Schafernacker (he would need to order more of those tight suits), Vick Hope, Tina Daheely, Chris Hughes. Not Rita Ora heaven help us. I do love Fiona though and her experience of slapping people down on Question Time might come in handy when those juries try to sing or make jokes when calling in the votes.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

All good, except I believe that David Dimbleby has retired from live television.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Is Colin Berry still around?

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Indeed. I wasn’t being all so serious about Fiona and David – though Fiona would be particularly good for the voting segment as Jofty says and her French is excellent.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I definitely want to see a Ukranian presenter sharing the stage, and I hope it can be Timur.

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Vick Hope and Fleur East are both fluent in French.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Ooo interesting.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Omfg, now I need Philomena in green room

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

I’m enjoying the image of Philomena Cunk as green room interviewer – nice idea!

I think the style of humour would struggle as a live performance, especially outside of the UK, but they could get Diane Morgan to do some pre-recorded interviews and segments, like, the UK’s version of Linda Woodruff.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Yes, great idea! Philomena would probably try to fit in unsuitable anecdotes about her mate Paul at exactly the wrong moment. Would like to set her loose on Ben Michael David though there probably would be a full-scale “diplomatic incident”.

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Sam is a superstar. He’s had a tremendous year. And here in my household, Christmas has come early as that online retailer which shares a name with a river have delivered my copy of Sam’s debut album three days before it hits the shop and streaming shelves. Fans are in for a treat. Stand out tracks are the ones he’s issued in previous years “Tiny riot” “more” and “Space man” but there is no doubt this is a real feel good album. Sometimes it verges towards a little bit glee-esque, but I think Sam just about gets away with it.… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

He is, but what a pity his excellent follow-up singles haven’t done so well. It’s not too late for the album, though. Forget all these pop-up shows, what the UK really need is an ex-Eurovision act to keep churning out hits.