The Eurovision grand final will feature a mystery guest, as well as nine more surprises.
The Eurovision Song Contest grand final begins today in Liverpool, with Sweden and Finland among the favorites to win.
The concert will reflect both the culture of its host city and the culture of last year’s winner, Ukraine, which was unable to stage the show owing to Russia’s invasion.
The champions of 2022, Kalush Orchestra, will open the concert at 20:00 BST.
Jamala from Ukraine, Verka Serduchka from Ukraine, and Sam Ryder from the United Kingdom will all perform.
Mae Muller will represent the United Kingdom, and her song I Wrote A Song will be the final item performed before the public vote begins.
“When I walk on stage, I’ll have to take a second to really center myself because those three minutes fly by,” she told the BBC.
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Alesha Dixon, Hannah Waddingham, and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina will return to host the show, with Graham Norton joining them during the voting stage.
We’ll see a Vogue dancer dressed as a cat, a man escaping from a packing case, and a bunch of women writhing on the floor (for some reason, it’s a thing).
During the intermission, previous Eurovision contestants will play songs from the “Liverpool songbook” by John Lennon, Melanie C, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
For the first time, countries who do not compete will have a role in the outcome, with viewers from the United States, India, and elsewhere casting a “rest of the world” vote.
Here’s what else to keep an eye out for on the night.