Ukrainian refugees attend Eurovision handover ceremony in Liverpool

Ukrainian refugees settled in Liverpool and local school children will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest presentation and raffle later this month.

he international music show takes place in May at the 11,000 capacity Liverpool Arena and culminates in the grand finale on Saturday 13th after the city was chosen to host the competition on behalf of the 2022 winner, Ukraine.

Presenters Rylan Clark and AJ Odudu will host the live draw from Liverpool on January 31, supported by young people from a local school and members of the Ukrainian community who have lived in the city since the Russian invasion.


Liverpool will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (Peter Byrne/PA)

In front of a live audience and on BBC Two, Clark and Odudu, both 34, will announce which of the two semi-finals each country will play in.

They will also confirm in which semifinals the so-called “Big Five” countries plus Ukraine will vote.

As the 2022 winner, Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final alongside Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – who will each receive a free ticket for their financial contributions to the event.

A total of 37 countries will take part in this year’s Eurovision, which is being hosted by the BBC.

Thirty-one take part in the draw for the semi-finals, with 10 from each semi-final progressing to the grand final on May 13.

As part of the program on January 31st, Stefano Lo Russo, the Mayor of the 2022 Torino host city, will present the official keys of the competition, known as the Insignia, to the Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson.

During the evening, each participant’s look and slogan will also be revealed.

Clark said: “Being part of the UK delegation since 2018, Eurovision has become such a big part of my life.

“I am delighted to present the handover and raffle symbolizing the start of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023; the year the UK hosts the Ukrainian party.

“It’s going to be a fantastic year for Eurovision. I really can’t wait.”

Odudu said: “It’s so exciting to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

“For new and existing fans, May will be an event like no other, with spectacular live shows on the BBC and a city takeover in Liverpool, all with British creativity and Ukrainian culture at its heart.

“I can’t wait to get started with the draw later this month.”

31 January also launches the BBC’s Eurovision podcast, Eurovisioncast, created by the team behind Newscast and Ukrainecast. Ukrainian refugees attend Eurovision handover ceremony in Liverpool

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