Eurovision 2023: Opening and Interval Acts of the two Semi-Finals!

The BBC has announced an impressive lineup of musical talent involved in the live performances we’ll be watching at the two Semi-Finals of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

A mixture of Ukrainian and British performers will perform during the opening and intervals of the semi-finals of Eurovision 2023. The BBC and UA:PBC are currently working on the staging of the Ukrainian performers, in particular the director and creative director of Eurovision 2023 Herman Nenov. He stated:

“In all three shows we announced the maximum number of Ukrainian artists that can be shown. The topics of the performances, and the accents we place, are large layers of not only musical, but also social nature. I am very grateful to the BBC team for everything we have done together. I’ll be honest: this is probably the most comfortable collaboration in my career. I have never seen such understanding and respect for the ideas of each team member! My main task was to create a multifaceted, very honest and true portrait of today’s Ukraine for Eurovision viewers. And together in collaboration with the BBC, we managed to do it!”

First Semi-Final

To mark the start of the Eurovision Song Contest, the First Semi-Final will open with host Julia Sanina performing part of Маяк by her band The Hardkiss. Translating from the Ukrainian for ‘Lighthouse’, this performance – forming part of an incredibly powerful opening act – will symbolise in many ways how the UK is ‘United by Music’ with Ukraine, through hosting the 2023 Contest on behalf of the 2022 winners.

During the interval, British singer Rita Ora will sing a medley of her past hits and will also perform a brand new song, called “Praising You”. Alyosha, who represented Ukraine in 2010, will perform “Ordinary World” with Liverpool-born singer Rebecca Ferguson. This performance will tell the story of hope, courage and support of the people of Ukraine from all over the world and is called “Welcome to our home”.

Second Semi-Final

Mariya Yaremchuk, who represented Ukraine in 2014, will open the second semi-final with a medley of famous Ukrainian music. The performance is called “Music unites generations”. At the end of her performance, Mariya will be joined by rapper OTOY and Zlata Dziunka, who represented Ukraine at Junior Eurovision 2022.

Also in the interval, a performance called Be Who You Wanna Be celebrates how Eurovision is a place for everyone – no matter who you are. Three extraordinary drag performers lead into a jaw-dropping routine of high-end pop performances along with a troupe of eclectic dancers. They represent the huge spectrum of fans – regardless of age, nationality or background – who revel in being a part of the Eurovision Song Contest every year. With a medley of fabulous songs and incredible staging, it’ll be a performance that viewers remember.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool!

source/photo: eurovisiontv


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