In a tweet by BBC Breakfast on April 3rd, it was revealed that construction has commenced for the Eurovision 2023 stage. The attached video revealed the placement of the main stage as well as a second oval stage; construction has also begun on the Green Room and the commentary boxes. There is only a little over a month left before the contest’s first semi-final on May 9th.
“A Huge, Huge Event for Liverpool”
As BBC Breakfast correspondent Ben Boulos stated in the video, hosting Eurovision will boost the Liverpool economy by millions of pounds. The BBC has created a team of producers from Strictly Come Dancing, The Brit Awards, the BAFTAs, and others to put together the contest.
Initial designs of the stage have already been shared. According to the BBC, the design is meant to symbolize the contest “opening its arms to Ukraine”, who are unable to host this year due to the ongoing Russian invasion.
What we know about Eurovision 2023
Although Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, due to the ongoing Russian invasion they are unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, the United Kingdom stepped in, as 2022’s runner-up; Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023. The contest will take place at the M&S Arena, with 37 countries taking part. The full production team behind the 2023 contest is listed here. The contest is a co-production between host broadcaster the BBC and last year’s winning broadcaster, Suspilne.
Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham will host the semi-finals, with Graham Norton joining the presenting team for the grand final.
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News Source: BBC
Photo Credit: BBC/Eurovision