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United Kingdom: Peak of 3.4 Million Viewers For the Semi-Final One!

With Eurovision 2023 being hosted in the UK and with British interest in the contest rekindled, the BBC decided to broadcast the semi-finals not on BBC Three or BBC Four, as it used to, but on BBC One.

BBC One is the UK broadcaster’s main channel and this change has dramatically increased viewership for the competition in its first stage, the semi-finals, where ratings are traditionally lower than in the Grand Final.

An average of 2.3 million viewers watched the First Semi-Final on BBC One, while the corresponding First Semi-Final last year was watched by 545 thousand viewers. So, this is an increase of 623% compared to last year! In fact, yesterday’s semi-final reached a peak of 3.4 million viewers at one point!

Indicatively, the viewership in other BIG 5 was as follows yesterday:

Germany: 590 thousand viewers

Italy: 1.9 million viewers – 8.6% viewership

The organization of the contest by the United Kingdom, last year’s success of Sam Ryder, the recruitment of famous women to present the contest and much more seem to be reflected in the Eurovision 2023 viewing figures for the British.

Great start for the UK, who vote in Thursday’s 2nd Semi-Final and as a member of the BIG 5 and host nation, compete directly in the Grand Final. This year, the UK has given the anointing of representation to Mae Muller with ‘I Wrote A Song’, who has even been drawn to close Saturday’s Grand Final.

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United Kingdom: The creative team behind Mae Muller’s performance!

The team this year’s UK representative is working with for her stage performance has been revealed! What Mae Muller will present in Liverpool will be the result of Black Skull Creative as well as Marvin Dietmann!

 

Black Skull Creative consists of Dan Shipton, Ross Nicholson, Jay Revell and Paul Gardener. Shipton, however, will not be part of the team this year, as he has been taken over by the BBC as Creative Director for the entire contest as a whole.

Marvin Dietmann, originally from Austria, does not need special introductions since he is well known among eurofans. In recent years, he has taken over the directorship of a number of participations such as those of Cyprus for the years 2021 and 2022, Croatia in 2021, Austria in 2018 (3rd place), last year’s entry of the United Kingdom (2nd place) while he was also the one who had directed Conchita‘s winning performance in 2014.

Source: Eurovoix


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Eurovision 2023: King Charles and his royal wife revealed the stage of the contest!

In Liverpool -the host city of Eurovision 2023- , today the royal couple of the United Kingdom attend to events that are related to the Eurovision Song Contest. One of them was the unveiling of the stage, which is ready to welcome in a few days the 37 participants of this year’s contest for the first technical rehearsals.

The stage of Eurovision 2023 has already taken shape, while these days the stand-in rehearsals are also taking place, so that everything is ready for the technical rehearsals and according to the plans that the organizers have already received from the missions of 37 countries competing this year.

The royal couple will also tour the M&S Arena. They will meet the creative team, the presenters of the contest and this year’s British contestant, Mae Muller.

The BBC has revealed via Twitter the moment that the royal couple flip the switch and the Eurovision stage comes to life oficially for the first time. The stage is flooded with light and glitter.

https://twitter.com/bbcmerseyside/status/1651206498955976705?s=20

It’s the first time we’ve seen this year’s stage in action, giving us a small taste of what it’s capable of, which we will be looking at in more detail in the next days.

The royal family are heavily involved in Eurovision 2023, as the contest come to British soil for the first time after 25 years with the last time taking place in 1998 in Birmingham.

Now, Eurovision 2023 takes place in Liverpool following Sam Ryder’s 2nd place in Eurovision 2022. The winner was Ukraine but due to the war, Ukraine wasn’t able to host.

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United Kingdom: Grand final of Eurovision 2023 to be shown in cinemas!

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcasted live in cinemas across the UK for the first time.

Liverpool will host the event on Saturday 13 May, following two semi-finals earlier in the week. Over 500 cinemas across the UK were announced this morning on BBC Radio 2 as taking part in broadcasting the contest. Vue has 91 cinemas across the United Kingdom across which fans of the contest will be able to watch the contest. Tickets for the broadcast at Vue will go on sale from Monday March 27.

Robert Lea, Head of Screen Content at Vue Entertainment, said:

“Eurovision is one of the biggest television events of the year, and is set to be bigger than ever in the UK this year as Liverpool plays host, so we are thrilled to be bringing it to the big screen for the first time.

“Every song, every vote and every larger than life moment will be live streamed in amazing picture and sound quality for fans to enjoy with each other in the comfort of our premium seating.”

John Travers of CinemaLive, who will distribute the event to cinemas, said the company was “delighted” to be working with the BBC to bring the contest to the big screen.

“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, come along in groups, get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen” 

The contest will be hosted by Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, and chat show host Graham Norton, who also commentates on Eurovision for British TV audiences.

source: bbc

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United Kingdom: Eurovisionfun Reacts to Eurovision 2023 Entry “I Wrote A Song”!

After months of speculations and crazy theories, about a very popular artist from the international music industry that could bring UK’s 6th win in their own home, we finally know the next representative of  The United Kingdom for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.

As it was announced from the BBC, Mae Muller will represent the country in this year edition with the song “I Wrote A Song”.

The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the official video clip of the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Αpostolis, Apostolos, Stella and Konstantinos in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on UK‘s participation, for 2023!

(Video editing: @kwsthsgrr)

Below you listen to the official UK entry from Eurovision 2023:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ21grjN6wU

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United Kingdom: Listen to “I Wrote A Song”, from Mae Muller for Eurovision 2023!

After months of speculations and crazy theories, about a very popular artist from the international music industry that could bring UK’s 6th win in their own home, we finally know the next representative of The United Kingdom for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.

As it was announced some moments ago from the BBC, Mae Muller will represent the country in this year edition with the song “I Wrote A Song”.

Below you listen to the official UK entry from Eurovision 2023:

Who is Mae Muller?

Mae Muller is a 25 years old artist from Kentish Town, London.  After building a dedicated fan base with a consistent singles output, she compiled previous EPs into her 2019 debut mini-album, Chapter 1. In 2021, her song “Better Days” (with Neiked and Polo G) landed in the Top 40 on multiple continents, and reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. She followed it up with singles like “American Psycho” and “I Just Want to Dance” in 2022.

On 3 March 2023, she released a single in collaboration with Sigala, Caity Baser and Stefflon Don called “Feels So Good”. This will shortly be followed up by her solo single “I Wrote A Song“.

 

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Tell us your opinion about Mae Muller representing United Kingdom  in Eurovision 2023 with “I Wrote A Song”!

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United Kingdom: Is this the song that will represent the host country in Eurovision 2023?

A rumor that has been circulating in the last few hours on the internet about United Kingdom’s representation in Eurovision 2023 that has set everyone an alarm, since if it is confirmed then we will be talking about a very popular artist in the international music industry that could bring UK’s 6th win in their own home.

Will Birdy represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2023?

According to what is been said through the internet among eurofans, it is rumored that Birdy will be the one that will represent United Kingdom in this years Eurovision. We oficially know that BBC has announced that at the beginning of March it will announce a female artist that will raise the flag of the United Kingdom after Sam Rider’s success in Eurovision.

The fact that Birdy will release her new single on 3rd of March and also that the London Eurovision Party and the Crystal Ball ESC account on twitter (which this year revealed many artist who were confirmed afterwards as representing their countries in the contest) have filled with rumors indicating her as the choice from the British Broadcaster.

A while ago Birdy released a teaser on twitter of her new song called “Raincatchers”, down bellow you will find the teaser:

This rumor was enough to propel United Kingdom at the 4th place in the odds, which will intensify when the news will be confirmed by BBC.

 

Who is Birdy?

The British singer Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde (aka with her stage name as Birdy) was born at 15th May in 1996 is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Previously, she won the Open Mic UK music competition in 2008, at the age of 12 which is when her huge music career began.

Her first ever single was a cover of the song “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, that single was what made her famous, entering the charts all over Europe and becoming six times platinum in Australia. Her self-titled debut album, Birdy, was released on 7th November of 2011 and it was an instant hit for that time, reaching the number one spot in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her second album, Fire Within, was released on 23rd September of 2013 in the UK and she was nominated for the Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2014. Her third album, Beautiful Lies, was released on 25th March of 2016 and her latest album, Young Heart, was released on 30th April of 2021.

Birdy’s name comes from the nickname her parents gave her when she was a baby because she opened her mouth like a little bird when she was been fed.

Her success has gone beyond the borders of Europe, having won many Gold and Platinum records both in America and Australia. At the age of 16, she even sang at the Italian Festival Di Sanremo.

Would you like to see Birdy in the Eurovision Song Contest? Do you like the teaser of Raincatchers?

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United Kingdom: Participation selection with the 2022 formula in 2023!

BBC confirmed the rumors and announced today that it will follow the 2022 formula for selecting a partipant and a song for Eurovision 2023, that is going to take place at United Kingdom.

As announced, BBC and BBC Studios will once again be collaborating with TaP Music (an international management and music publishing company), that is behind world’s most successful pop artists, such as Lana del Rey, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Dermot Kennedy and Mabel in order to choose a song and act that will represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2023.

At its statement, BBC refers to last year’s very successful British participation – that was selected through the same process that is going to be followed this year – performed by Sam Ryder. The song “Space Man” finished 2nd at the Grand Final.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ0hqX_92zI

Some statements by BBC, BBC Studios and TaP Music follow. Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC says:

“We are thrilled that Ben Mawson and Ed Millett plus the team at TaP will once again bring their unrivalled expertise to work with the BBC and BBC Studios to find an act and song to represent the UK at Eurovision. I hope we can find another artist who will not only be a brilliant ambassador for Eurovision but like Sam will sing their head off with a stand out song.”

Suzy Lamb, MD for BBC Studios Entertainment and Music says:

“BBC Studios are looking forward to working closely with the team at TaP again to continue to build on the success of this year’s collaboration. After Sam Ryder’s incredible result in Turin, we have a hard act to follow, but are looking forward to the challenge of finding a stand-out act and song for Eurovision 2023 that will be cheered on by a home crowd!”

Ben Mawson and Ed Millett at TaP Music says:

“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!”

Do you agree with the selection proccess chosen by BBC for Eurovision 2023?

Source: bbc.co.uk

Eurovision 2023: Edinburgh in the race to host the contest!

Just hours before the announcement of the final shortlist of cities to host Eurovision 2023, the city of Edinburgh has confirmed that it has submitted a bid to host the upcoming Song Contest.

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is the fourteenth UK city to confirm its bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

Cammy Day, leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, told the Edinburgh News:

It is, of course, regrettable that this year’s winners, Ukraine, cannot host the 2023 competition in their country, but it would be an honor to host the competition, together with Kyiv, as it is a sister city to us and Edinburgh has become home to many thousands of Ukrainians in recent months. Our capital became the first city outside London to host the event in 1972 and more recently, fictionally, in the Netflix movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga!”. But hosting Europe for 2023 is an opportunity to welcome our friends from participating countries to the most iconic song contest, showcasing Edinburgh’s culture, heritage and history.

However, the Scottish capital seems unlikely to be chosen as the host city of Eurovision 2023, as at the moment at least, it does not have a suitable indoor venue to hold the competition’s three shows.

Eurovision have been held in the city twice before, in 1972 when it hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, and in 2018 it hosted Eurovision Young Musicians.

The first phase of selection has been completed

Eleven cities have publicly announced their bid to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next May. Tomorrow  , Friday, August 12,  we will officially know  the cities that pass to the second and final selection phase  and will definitely claim to host  Eurovision 2023.

The announcement will be made through the morning radio show of the BBC’s second program entitled ” BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show “.

Following the first round of nominations, the  BBC  and the EBU  have now identified the nominations that meet the requirements and have the ability to host Europe’s biggest televised event and will announce them to the general public tomorrow.

The decision on where the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held is expected to be made  in the autumn. According to the BBC, the UK government may be consulted  beforehand, but it will be BBC  and the EBU who decide the host city.

The following cities have confirmed that they have already submitted their proposals:

  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Belfast
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds
  • Darlington

While the following cities have already indicated their intention to submit their own proposals, but have not yet formally done so:

  • Brighton
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Wolverhampton

In which city would you like Eurovision 2023 to take place?

Source: Edinburgh News

Eurovision 2023: The United Kingdom will officially host the contest!

The EBU, along with British public broadcaster BBC, have just officially confirmed what we already suspected: The runner-up of Eurovision 2022, the United Kingdom, is the country which has been chosen to host next year’s contest, due to the involvement of winning country Ukraine in an ongoing war.

Nevertheless, the show will contain both British and Ukrainian elements, in order to reflect Ukraine’s win with Kalush Orchestra. More specifically, the Eurovision site informs us of the following:

  • The BBC will take on hosting duties with the contest to be held in the United Kingdom in 2023
  • The bidding contest for the host city will begin this week
  • Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final along with the Big 5 (which includes the United Kingdom)
  • Representatives of Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the shows
  • The logo, which is to be revealed later, will reflect unique circumstances of staging.

Below are the statements from the Heads of all parties involved:

Martin Österdahl, Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor:

‘‘We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023, The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of UA: PBC:

“The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General:

“It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity. The BBC will now begin the process to find a host city to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.”

Details regarding the host city and the logo will, therefore, be released on a later date.

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