Last week the BBC shared the star-studded list of artists performing as guests in the Eurovision 2023 semi-finals. And on Monday they kept the hype going by revealing the singers who will wow and dazzle during the grand final.
Eurovision grand final: Go_A and Verka Serduchka lead flag parade
The grand final flag parade will see all 26 finalists march onto the stage. And of all the flags, it’s Ukraine’s that will be the most prominent thanks to guest performances from Ukrainian icons including Tina Karol (Eurovision 2006), Go_A (Eurovision 2021), Verka Serduchka (Eurovision 2007 runner-up) and Jamala (Eurovision 2016 winner).
The BBC has teased “a new twist” on their Eurovision entries and said they’ll be weaved together with British classics.
#Eurovision2023 Grand Final reveal!— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) April 17, 2023
We can't wait to welcome Kalush Orchestra, Sam Ryder and Eurovision icons, including GO_A and Verka Serduchka, to Liverpool for their Grand Final performances ?
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Naturally the reigning champs of Eurovision — Kalush Orchestra — will get plum billing in the grand final too. They said:
“We’ve been looking forward to performing in Liverpool ever since it was announced as host last year. The city has a world-renowned musical heritage and we’re delighted to finally be able to announce what an honour it will be for us to be there.”
“While we’re sad that we couldn’t bring the Eurovision Song Contest back to our home country, we’re really grateful to the UK for hosting this party on our behalf. We will perform for everyone in Ukraine to remind us that better days and our country’s victory is ahead, as well as to show the world what Ukraine is fighting for.”
Sam Ryder to perform during first interval
After all 26 countries have performed, voters will pick up their phones and vote for their faves. As they make their choices, the U.K.’s Sam Ryder will storm the stage and remind us precisely why he finished second in last year’s contest.
“What an honour to be invited back to the Eurovision stage for a second time!” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to be back amongst the beautiful chaos of it all and to watch the incredible artists perform this time around, while bringing you a special performance of our own. Big love!”
The Liverpool Songbook
The song switch-up back in Tel Aviv was among the best Eurovision intervals ever. And it would seem that it’s back in some form as the BBC have invited six fan favourites to perform. They’ll “put their own spin on some classic hits.”
Mahmood (Italy 2019)
Netta (Israel 2018)
Daði Freyr (Iceland 2020 and 2021)
Cornelia Jakobs (Sweden 2022)
Duncan Laurence (The Netherlands 2019)
Sonia (UK 1993)
Who excites you the most? Let us know down below…