Eurovision 2023: Voting changes announced for the upcoming contest!

Today started with a bit of surprise news, with the EBU suddenly announcing a change to the voting system for the upcoming 67th Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in May in Liverpool. This is the first change in the voting method since 13 years and in 2009, when 50/50 voting by the public and the judging panels was introduced.

According to the EBU announcement, the three big changes to the Eurovision 2023 voting system are as follows:

  • Viewer votes will decide countries qualifying from Semi-Finals 
  • Viewers in non-participating countries will be able to vote online
  • Jury votes will be combined with votes from the global audience to decide final result

This means that next year, the countries that qualify from the Semi-Finals will be decided solely based on the votes cast by the viewers, rather than a combination of a jury and public vote as has been the case since 2009.

The professional music industry juries will remain for the Grand Final, but complete control of who gets there from the Semi-Finals has been handed over to the viewing public.

And, for the first time ever, viewers from non-participating countries will be able to vote for their favourite songs too. Those watching in the rest of the world will be able to vote via a secure online platform using a credit card from their country, and their votes, once added together, will be converted into points that will have the same weight as one participating country in both of the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.

Regarding the changes to the voting method, the Contest’s Executive Producer, Martin Österdahl, said:

Throughout its 67-year history the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes acknowledge the immense popularity of the show by giving more power to the audience of the world’s largest live music event.

In 2023 only Eurovision Song Contest viewers will decide which countries make it to the Grand Final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone watching the show, wherever they live in the world, can cast their votes for their favourite songs.

By also involving juries of music professionals in deciding the final result, all the songs in the Grand Final can be assessed on the broadest possible criteria. We can also maintain the tradition of travelling around Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure a thrilling voting sequence with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.

It is worth mentioning that the introduction of the Rest of World vote means that the correlation of the 50/50 voting for the final changes, which leans more towards the public. The general public will have slightly more impact on the final result – approximately 50.6%. In the coming months, the EBU is expected to publish in detail the countries that will have the right to vote in the Rest of the World category.

These changes are happening in order to keep the event relevant and exciting. Additionally, following the unprecedented nature of the voting irregularities seen at the 2022 Contest a working group of EBU Members was established to look at ways to protect the integrity of the event. Their recommendations are being implemented after approval by the Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board and the Executive Board of the EBU.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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United Kingdom: London Eurovision Party will take place on April 16!

The London Eurovision Party 2023 will take place on Sunday, April 16th . The event, which has been running for over a decade, is expected to host several artists from this year’s competition along with special guests from previous years.

The official London Eurovision Party account made the following statement on their Twitter account .

The venue has not yet been revealed. Last year’s event was held at the Hard Rock Hotel for the first time and was hosted by former UK commentator Paddy O’Connell and SuRie from Eurovision 2018.

The London Eurovision Party is the third pre-party for the 2023 contest to be confirmed. They will also take place next year:

  • Barcelona Eurovision Party – March 23-25
  • Eurovision in Concert – April 15

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all the news about Eurovision 2023!

Source: Eurovoix

 

United Kingdom: It won’t be a one-off appearance for BBC!

In a recent exclusive discussion on the Euro Trip Podcast, Lee Smithurst revealed details of how the United Kingdom decided to return to the Junior Eurovision contest in 2022, and highlighted the UK’s ambition to create a “positive” impression at the competition.

Recalling his Turin experience, Lee Smithurst admits he felt responsible while awaiting the results of last May’s Eurovision. In the end, Sam Ryder won the jury vote and came second with 466 points representing the UK. Following the success, Lee Smithurst hopes that new fans will get the impression that “the United Kingdom is always competitive“.

Moving on to UK’s return to Junior Eurovision, Lee says the idea of the BBC entering Junior Eurovision 2022 came from BBC committee member Rachel Ashdown just two weeks after the Grand Final in Turin. He goes on to say that they wanted to capitalise on “the goodwill, positivity and interest” of Eurovision in the UK, something Sam Ryder had supported during his involvement in the contest.

Looking for the artist for Junior Eurovision 2022, which will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, Lee says he wanted to do something “really modern” and “build on Sam’s success“. On the morning of 3 November 2022, BBC Breakfast announced that 13-year-old Freya Skye will represent the United Kingdom in Armenia with the fresh pop song, “Lose My Head“.

Lee was asked if the 2022 return was a one off appearance for BBC, but there was no such question. He says it is a “long-term plan” and hopes to build on it “a TV final and audition show“.

The United Kingdom is returning to the competition for the first time since 2005. In the three years it participated, 2003-2005. It’s best result was second place in 2004 with Cory Spedding’s “The Best Is Yet To Come”.

Do you think the United Kingdom will find success in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022? Tell us in the comments!

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Junior Eurovision 2022: Listen to UK’s song for the contest!

The BBC has confirmed that the United Kingdom will participate in Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2005, and that it will broadcast the 2022 Contest live on CBBC, BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Today, the BBC has revealed that 13-year-old Freya Skye will represent the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song contest being held in Yerevan, Armenia, in December, with the song ‘Lose My Head’.

Freya developed a love of singing after receiving a karaoke machine as a present when she was 5.

During lockdown, the singer-songwriter took the opportunity to release her debut single and write more songs, including I Love the Way, which featured on BBC Introducing.

In her spare time, Freya enjoys cuddling up with her dog Ruby and watching movies, teaching herself the piano and following her favourite football team, Tottenham Hotspur.

The Buckinghamshire school girl found out she had been chosen to represent the UK when she was taken by her parents to a London theatre on the pretext that she needed to do one more audition.

Instead she was surprised by West End performer, Lucie Jones, who broke the news that she had already been selected to go Armenia. Freya is a big fan of Lucie, who represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

Freya says:

‘I couldn’t believe it when I found out. I was not expecting it at all, it still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be representing the UK. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to be a part of something so exciting. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’m going to go and give it my everything and I hope to do the UK proud.’

Lose My Head was written by Jack Hawitt, Amber Van Day and Deepend about friendships, moving on and leaving the past behind.

Listen to “Lose My Head” by Freya Skye for Junior Eurovision 2022:

What do you think about UK’s song in this year’s Junior Song Contest? Write us in the comments below!

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, in Armenia!

Source: junioreurovision.tv

Eurovision Village and potential dates confirmed

The exact location of the Eurovision Village for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 has been revealed.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in Liverpool with the main events taking place at the Liverpool arena.  However, Eurovision related events for fans planning to visit the United Kingdom next year are not limited to the shows and rehearsals.  On the opposite, attending Eurovision Village has become part of the charm of attending the Eurovision Song Contest.

Open for the public, the Eurovision Village is the official fan zone of the Eurovision Song Contest.  The access is free of charge and it offers fans the opportunity to see their favourite acts perform live ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest.

During the live shows, fans have the option to watch the shows on big screens at the Eurovision Village.

Eurovision Village 2023: Dates and location

According to a tender document for security related to the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, Pier Head will be the location for the village.  At the same time,  Eurovision Village 2023 will offer “stages, live music, concessions and much more”.

The Eurovision Village is scheduled to be open from May 5 to 13.  However, the same document stresses that the dates mentioned are still provisional.  The final dates can move one or two dates accordingly.

Pier Head is a riverside location in the city centre of Liverpool, England. Pier Head has many famous attractions and landmarks to visit.  For instance, The Beatles Statue erected in 2015, the famous Mersey Ferry that docks in front of the Mersey Ferries Building and The Three Graces.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool, UK on behalf of Ukraine after the victory of Kalush Orchestra.

Are you excited about Eurovision 2023?  Are you planning to attend the Eurovision Village?

Eurovision 2023: 37 countries will join the 67th contest in Liverpool!

Just moments ago, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced the countries that will take part in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool37 countries will be present in the contest, with three countries withdrawing, in contrast with the 40 countries last year in Turin.

These countries  withdrawing are Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia, which after their participation in Eurovision 2022, all three of them withdraw for financial reasons.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming artists from all 37 countries to Liverpool, the city of pop, next May. Next year’s competition promises to be an extra special one and we’re working hard with the BBC right now to ensure that hundreds of millions of viewers will enjoy the best Eurovision Song Contest yet, with Ukraine at the heart of the event.”

In detail, the countries that are going to take part are:

  • 🇦🇱 Albania – RTSH
  • 🇦🇺 Australia– SBS
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia– AMPTV
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – ORF
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Ictimai TV
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – RTBF
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia – HRT
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus – CyBC
  • 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – CT
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – DR
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia – ERR
  • 🇫🇮 Finland  – YLE
  • 🇫🇷 France – FT
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia – GPB
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – ARD/NDR
  • 🇬🇷 Greece – ΕΡΤ
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland – RUV
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland– RTE
  • 🇮🇱 Israel – IPBC/Kan
  • 🇮🇹 Italy– RAI
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia – LTV
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania – LRT
  • 🇲🇹 Malta – PBS
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova – TRM
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands – AVROTROS
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – NRK
  • 🇵🇱 Poland – TVP
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – RTP
  • 🇷🇴 Romania – TVR
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino – RTV
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia – RTS
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia ​​- RTVSLO
  • 🇪🇸 Spain  – TVE
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – SVT
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – SRG / SSR
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine – UA: PBC
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – BBC

Martin Green, BBC’s Managing Director of the Eurovision Song Contest added:

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine and welcoming delegations from 37 countries to Liverpool next year. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture and showcasing British creativity to a global audience.”

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Eurovision 2023: BBC revealed the production team of the Contest!

The BBC, United Kingdom’s public broadcaster, which is going to organize the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, revealed the whole production team of the contest!

The team is consisted of:

  • Martin Green CBE

Martbin will lead a team to create, plan and deliver this large-scale, complex and special event. As host broadcaster the BBC will work in partnership with the European Broadcasting UnionLiverpool as host city and other external partners to deliver The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to an audience of over one hundred million across the world, involving thousands of people, hundreds of delegates and multiple acts.  Green has over twenty years of experience in major global events, most recently he was the Chief Creative Officer of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (where he delivered the opening and closing ceremonies and a major cultural programme), and Chief Creative Officer of Unboxed 2022. Prior to that Martin was CEO of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, a ground-breaking world class arts festival that reinvigorated the city; as well as Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Rachel Ashdown

Rachel has been confirmed as the Lead Commissioner for the BBC on Eurovision 2023. She will work with BBC Studios, who will produce the three live shows, on the overall look and tone of the show and is responsible for commissioning other programming to run across the BBC and work with the independent production companies on their delivery. This will include the Allocation Draw and other Eurovision Song Contest based shows in the weeks leading up to the event. Rachel has been the Commissioner for all Eurovision Song Contest coverage on the BBC since 2018 and she subsequently joined the Reference Group, the Eurovision Song Contest governing body, for the 2019 – 2021 editions.

  • Andrew Cartmell

Leading the BBC Studios team is Andrew Cartmell – appointed Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, and taking overall responsibility for the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. Andrew has more than a decade’s experience as an Executive Producer making entertainment shows and large scale live events for the likes of BBC Studios, Done & Dusted, and Hungry Bear Media. He was the Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom in Turin earlier this year. Past credits include the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Children in Need & Sport Relief.

  • Lee Smithurst

Lee Smithurst joins the BBC Studios team as Head of Show for Eurovision 2023. As Head of Show he will be responsible for the editorial content and take the creative lead for the three live shows. Lee was Assistant Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom in Turin this year, and will be Executive Producer and Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan in December. Lee’s recent credits include I Can See Your Voice, Kylie Minogue’s Secret Night and Soccer Aid.

  • Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen

Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen makes a very welcome return, who has been re-appointed as Head of Contest, the role he successfully delivered at both the 2021 & 2022 Eurovision Song Contests in Rotterdam and Turin. Twan will have specific responsibility working with the national delegations to deliver the creative, on stage ambitions of their artists. Twan is a hugely experienced television producer in the Netherlands, and has been Editor in Chief on many programmes and live events.

  • James O’ Brien

Finally, James O’ Brien joins BBC Studios as the Executive in Charge of Production. James comes to Eurovision with huge experience working on large scale events such as MTV Europe Music Awards, the London 2012 Olympics and this year’s Commonwealth Games. James will oversee a team that is responsible for the technical delivery of both the Eurovision live shows and broadcast, and all other elements within the venue precinct.

We remind you that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in Liverpool. The semi-finals will take place in May 9 and May 11 and the Grand Final on May 13th, live from Liverpool Arena.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Source: eurovision.tv

Serbia: Social media logo of RTS does not include Ukraine’s flag!

As it was announced a few days ago, Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023 and EBU has published the logo of the contest, featuring the Ukrainian flag while United Kingdom was written underneath.

However, there have been comments online regarding Serbia’s Public Broadcaster RTS, and the update of the social media pages of the broadcaster which do not include Ukraine’s flag as part of the logo.

Many people claim that this not a coincidence, since Serbian government is being seen as a supporter of Russia during the war with Ukraine, while there have been demonstrations in Belgrade in support of Russia. It should also be mentioned that Serbia gave 7 points to Ukraine in Eurovision 2022, which was the lowest televote score given to Ukraine which scored a record breaking number of points.

Whether this is planned or not, it shows that politics are once again related with the contest.

 

Do you think Ukraine’s flag is not included on purpose? Let us know in the comments!

 

United Kingdom: TaP Music is once again in search for Eurovision!

TaP Music is a global management and music publishing company behind some of the world’s most successful pop artists, such as Lana del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Mabel and etc.

The United Kingdom has started working with that label since 2022. The collaboration turned out to be magnificent for the country and resulted in a second place, which appears to be the UK’s best result in 24 years. Sam Ryder with ‘SPACE MAN” scored incredible 466 points, placing second at ESC 2022.

TaP Music has confirmed on Instagram that it is once again helping United Kingdom and BBC with their Eurovision entry.

 

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Ben Mawson and Ed Millett from TaP Music said earlier in September that:

TaP are very excited to be back working with the BBC to select the UK entry for Eurovision 2023. Last year we wanted to change the narrative around the UK and Eurovision to something much more positive. We focussed on what Eurovision is all about – we found an brilliant artist, an unforgettable song and an incredible person in Sam Ryder – we’re so proud of his fantastic success, coming 2nd in the competition and then achieving a number 1 single. 2022 will be a hard act to follow but we’re more than ready for the challenge – Eurovision being held in the UK for 2023 is such an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of British musical talent. Our search starts here!

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Eurovision 2023: Memorandum of Cooperation signed by BBC and Suspilne

Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023 on behalf of Ukraine who won last year with the song Stefania by Kalush Orchestra.

There have been several rumors as to how they contest will look like, given that the contest will not be hosted by the winning country, the first time since 1980 when The Netherlands hosted instead of Israel.

It is announced that the UK Public Broadcaster BBC and the Ukrainian Public Broadcaster Suspilne have signed a memorandum of Cooperation for Eurovision 2023, agreeing on how Ukraine will be showcased in the next years contest.

BBC should work with Ukrainian creatives in terms of design and themes of the contest, ensuring the use of Ukrainian culture in the show, as well as the selection of presenters.

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Board of Suspilne Ukraine commented:

“I am grateful to our partners at the BBC for productive cooperation. We have already agreed on the key principles and areas of work to jointly ensure a unique Eurovision. This musical festival will combine modern Ukrainian culture and all the diversity of British music and creativity”

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the upcoming updated on Eurovision 2023!

Source: Eurovoix