The BBC has announced that the Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Handover Ceremony for Eurovision 2023 will be held on January 31.
The Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Handover Ceremony will be held on January 31 at 20:00 CET, with the draw being hosted by AJ Odudu and Rylan. AJ Odudu is a TV presenter and announced the results of the United Kingdom’s jury at Eurovision 2022, while Rylan has commentated on the Eurovision Semi-Finals since 2018.
The Semi-Final Allocation Draw will be carried out by the two hosts alongside young people from a local Liverpool school and members of the Ukrainian community. While the Handover of the Host City Insignia will include the Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson and Stefano Lo Russo, Mayor of Turin.
The semi-final allocation draw is traditionally formed of two parts. The first part of the draw determines which semi-final each of the six pre-qualified countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the host country the United Kingdom along with Ukraine) will broadcast and be able to vote in.
The second part of the draw determined in which semi-final and in which half of the respective semi-final the other 31 participating countries will perform. As has been the case since 2013, the exact running order will be determined by the producers of the show at a later point in March.
Liverpool will host the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at the M&S Bank Arena. The decision comes after multiple rounds of shortlisting various UK cities, as the winners of the 2022 contest Ukraine were not able to host. Eurovision 2023 will be held on May 9, 11 and 13.
Liverpool is known globally as the birthplace of the Beatles, as well as music events such as Africa Oyé, Liverpool International Music Festival and Sound City. The city is home to just under 500,000 people and is known for its iconic music venues and cultural events. The city is connected to the world via Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The 2023 contest will be the first contest since 1979 in which the winning nation was unable to host the following contest. It is the sixth occasion overall on which a different country has hosted after the original host nation was unable to, following the Netherlands in 1960, France in 1963, Monaco in 1972, Luxembourg in 1974, Israel in 1980 and Ukraine in 2023. The 2023 contest will also extend the United Kingdom’s record of hosting Eurovision to nine times.
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