Eurovision 2023: Guest artists of the Grand Final revealed!

Today the BBC has confirmed the line-up of the guest stars in the Grand Final. Last year’s winners Kalush Orchestra, runner up Sam Ryder, and established Eurovision icons – joining the 26 acts competing in the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on May 13.

The Grand Final for this year’s Contest will open with last year’s winners Kalush Orchestra and a powerful performance titled ‘Voices of a New Generation’. Kalush Orchestra captured the hearts of Eurovision viewers around the world last year – they’re back to kick off the 2023 Grand Final with a performance that’s sure to be unforgettable including their smash hit winning song Stefania.

During the Eurovision Flag Parade of all 26 Grand Finalists, viewers will be treated to a unique performance by some iconic past Ukrainian Eurovision contestants. GO_A, Jamala, Tina Karol, and Verka Serduchka take to the stage and remind us their Eurovision entries.

For the first interval performance, during which voting across Europe and the world takes place, the UK’s very own spaceman Sam Ryder will make his triumphant return to the Eurovision stage after leading the UK’s biggest success in last year’s Contest for over two decades.

The final interval act “The Liverpool Songbook”, is a celebration of the host city’s incredible contribution to the world of pop music. The BBC have brought together six iconic past Eurovision acts – Italy’s Mahmood, Israel’s Netta, Iceland’s Daði Freyr, Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands – plus Liverpool’s very own Sonia, celebrating 30 years since she came second at Eurovision in 1993.

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Unscripted, says: “What a way to bring in the winner of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. These live performances, with their twists on iconic Eurovision moments and countless creative collaborations, will ensure that we’re in for an utterly unforgettable Grand Final!”

Eurovision 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra say: “We’ve been looking forward to performing in Liverpool ever since it was announced as host last year. The city has a world-renowned musical heritage and we’re delighted to finally be able to announce what an honour it will be for us to be there.

“While we’re sad that we couldn’t bring the Eurovision Song Contest back to our home country, we’re really grateful to the UK for hosting this party on our behalf. We will perform for everyone in Ukraine to remind us that better days and our country’s victory is ahead, as well as to show the world what Ukraine is fighting for.”

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Source: BBC

Poland: Stefania and Kalush Orchestra will sing in the national final!

In the national final of Poland, Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję 2023, which will be held in Warsaw on February 26, Stefania and Kalush Orchestra will be invited as guest stars, in a surprise live appearance specially prepared for them. Read more

Eurovision 2023: Kalush Orchestra live in Liverpool!

Kalush Orchestra will perform live at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, which is going to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom the coming May.

In a press conference held in Strasbourg, France, the Kalush Orchestra confirmed that they will appear live on stage at Eurovision 2023, as is customary with the previous year’s winner.

In his statement after a visit to the European Parliament, the band’s lead singer Oleg Psyuk said:

Yes, Eurovision will be held in the UK, but we really hope that it will be taken into account and there will be some kind of our Ukrainian identity. And I think that there will be a pretty good atmosphere for us. I know that Ukrainians will also perform there. And, in fact, we are. Therefore, we really hope that everything will be fine, and we hope that Ukraine will perform like this this year, that next year we will host Eurovision in Ukraine.

Kalush Orchestra also confirmed that they will be releasing a new song in early March.

The group represented Ukraine last year in Turin, Italy, managing to bring the third victory to this long-suffering country of Eastern Europe.

Stay tuned on Eurovision Fun for all the updates around the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest!

Source: Eurovoix

Watch all the eurostars’ performances at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest 2022! (Videos)

Yesterday, the 17th of November, the concert Het Grote Songfestivalfeest took place three years after the last concert, which was back in 2019, at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

More than 30 eurostars performed on stage for the massive audience and Eurovisionfun was there to cover the show! You will get the chance to watch exclusive videos of interviews with your favourite artists and their performances!

You can watch some of the performances of the artists below:

Johnny Logan – What’s Αnother Υear

Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’univers

Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone

TIX – Fallen Angel

Efendi – Mata Hari

The Roop – Discoteque

Sandra Kim – J’aime la vie

Stay tuned at Eurovision Fun for all the latest developments regarding Eurovision 2023!

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra reacts to Liverpool hosting Eurovision 2023!

On Friday during “The One Show” on BBC, it was announced that Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023, on behalf of Ukraine. Kalush Orchestra, the winners of Eurovision 2022, released a statement reacting to the host city announcement:

“We are very pleased that next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool … Though we haven’t had the privilege of visiting yet, the musical heritage of the city is known all over the world. Playing in the same place that The Beatles started out will be a moment we’ll never forget!

“Although we are sad that next year’s competition cannot take place in our homeland, we know that the people of Liverpool will be warm hosts and the organisers will be able to add a real Ukrainian flavour to Eurovision 2023 in this city.”

Eurovision 2023 will take place at M&S Bank Arena during the following dates:

Semi-Final 1: 9 May 2023

Semi-Final 2: 11 May 2023

Grand Final: 13 May 2023

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Kalush Orchestra received a new trophy by EBU but they don’t know if they will keep it!

Kalush Orchestra received a new trophy for their victory on the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, since the last one was put up for auction and sold for 900.000$ in order to fund the Ukrainian military. The handmade glass microphone trophy is designed by Swedish artist Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda.

Today, the band received a new trophy. The leader of the group Oleg Psyuk says that he doesn’t know how the band will use it to benefit their country. However, they will firstly allow all Ukrainians to take photographs with it during their tour. This means that probably Kalush Orchestra will not keep their trophy again.

Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022 with the song “Stefania”. The band has stated that they will help their country win again the contest, in order to be held in Ukraine this time.




Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra sell the Eurovision trophy for $900,000!

Kalush Orchestra announced through their Facebook profile that they sell their Eurovision trophy through auction for $900,000. The buyer of the trophy is the company WhiteBit, from which came the eventual winning bid.

The owners of the company are Vladimir Nosov and Oleg Kayin, from Estonia and Ukraine respectively. The company is specialised in the trade of cryptocurrency and their target is to expand the cryptocurrency community and create a safe way for blockchain trading to spread.

In the post, Kalush Orchestra share their appreciation for everyone who has taken part in the auction

In their Facebook post, Kalush Orchestra say:

Friends, you are incredible!

We are grateful to each and every one of you who has donated to this auction – especially to the WhiteBit Team who have bought the trophy for $900,000 and have since become the owners of the trophy. 🏆

Subscribe to them, they really deserve it 💪

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces 🇺🇦

The funded money will go to Serhiy Prytula, according to NEXTA. Serhiy Prytula is an Ukrainian army volunteer who also coordinated the auction of the Eurovision trophy. In his self-titled foundation, he raises funds to support the Ukrainian army wherever they need help.

NEXTA also reports that the funds will be used to purchase drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kalush Orchestra also sold copies of the pink fisherman’s hat Oleh Psiuk has been wearing during the contest. The hats were for sale at $5 each, but it isn’t know how many copies are sold yet.


Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news!


Kalush Orchestra auctions pink hat and Eurovision trophy

Oleh Psyuk, the lead singer of Kalush Orchestra confirmed their intention to auction their Eurovision trophy.  All proceeds from this auction are intended to help the Ukrainian military.  Oleh iconic pink hat which he wore during his Eurovision performance is also a part of the auction.

The auction

Starting in May 28th at 7 pm people who want to participate can donate 200 Grivna (around 5 euros) through this link.  Each participant will get one lottery ticket for every 200 grivna donation.  The winner of the lottery will get Oleh’s pink hat.  Moreover, the person who donates the most amount of money or in cryptocurrency will get the Eurovision 2022 trophy.


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“We are doing our best to help Ukraine. This is my panama hat, still with the sweat of my performance at Eurovision 2022. We want to sell this hat and all the proceeds will go to the Ukrainian military”  Oleh Psyuk


Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 held in Turin with their song Stefania.  The band received 631 points in the Grand Final, 439 coming from the televote making them the winners with the highest number of televote points in Eurovision history.


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Timur Miroshnychenko talks on Ukraine’s victory and the 2023 contest

Eurovision 2017 and Junior Eurovision 2009 and 2013 host, Timur Miroshnychenko, spoke to The Euro Trip podcast on commentating for Ukrainian television from a bomb shelter, his feelings after Kalush Orchestra won and hosting the 2023 contest.

Timur has been commentating Eurovision for Ukraine since 2007, with the exception of 2017 when he hosted the contest along Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk. His reaction to Ukraine’s third victory in the contest while commentating from a bomb shelter, made headlines. When asked what did he say when Ukraine was announced as a winner, he replies:

First of all I’ve said that this victory is dedicated to the armed forces of Ukraine, because of their heroism we had an opportunity to participate in this year Eurovision, and to be with the free world. On 24th of February we didn’t think about Eurovision of course we just thought about how to stay alive, and in May just 2 1/2 months after that date, we were there and right now we think where to host next year.

He revealed that on the second day of the war he had to fled Kiev with his family and go to the West of Ukraine, while he had to go back and volunteer on various occasions. Being one of the hosts of the most popular morning show on Ukrainian television, which was relaunched a few weeks after the Russian invasion, he feels that he helps from his part to uplift the morale of Ukrainians and that is what he also tried to do while commentating Eurovision.

Miroshnychenko praised Kalush Orchestra and explained that “Stefania” became an unofficial anthem of Ukraine even before their victory, when it was the soundtrack of thousands of posts from people in the frontline fleeing the country. When asked for the meaning of this victory to Ukrainians, he tells The Euro Trip podcast:

When the hosts announced the results we just blew up with emotions. I received  hundreds of thousands of messages on social media from Ukrainian people who have written to me “we cried with you” […] On 24th of February all of us thought that we are alone in this war, and the result of this year’s Eurovision is like a sign for all of us that hey guys we are here, we stand by you everything is gonna be ok.

When it comes on hosting next years contest, Timur says that he strongly believes in the Ukrainian armed forces and he hopes that the war will end soon, enabling Ukraine to welcome everyone and use this opportunity to thank them for their support during these difficult times. He also notes that this decision will be taken at a later stage but he believes that cities like Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and Dnipro who had no big damages from the war, will be able to host next year’s Eurovision.

Below you can listen to the full interview of Timur Miroshnychenko

Do you think Ukraine will host Eurovision 2023? Tells us in the comments!

Kalush Orchestra: “Save Mariupol, Save Ukraine and Help Azovstal”

With a statement about the salvation of Ukraine, Mariupol and those trapped in the Azovstal factory, the only point of Mariupol not controlled by the Russians, the Kalush Orchestra, the big favorite for the victory in the  Eurovision Song Contest, finished their performance.

After performing their song Stefania, the Kalush Orchestra addressed the millions of viewers who watched them saying:

Save Mariupol, save Ukraine, help Azovstal!

The Kalush Orchestra are first on the betting table by a very large margin from the other entries, currently having a 60% chance of being the winners of the competition.

The contest continues and in a few hours we will know if they will manage to bring the third victory of Ukraine in the competition!