Get ready for some Eurovision surprises, as Scott Mills has hinted that there could be something big in store for viewers of the 2023 Grand Final.
Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon and Julia Sanina are set to present the 67th annual song competition from Liverpool, with singer-songwriter Mae Muller representing the UK with ‘I Wrote a Song’.
Speaking ahead of the event, BBC Radio 2 presenter Scott Mills revealed that there has been some mysterious activity on set, with a completely closed set in operation.
Mills teased fans, saying that “no one will tell us” what’s been going on behind closed doors.
“There has been some stuff happening where it has been a completely closed set, so nobody has been allowed to go in… and no one will tell us,”
Breaking: Scott Mills says that the #Eurovision has had a ‘closed set’, which suggests some big surprises tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Qj3qg84MEc
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 12, 2023
Despite the secrecy, we do know some details about what to expect from this year’s competition, which is being hosted in Liverpool on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine. The Grand Final promises to be a night to remember, with an incredible line-up of performers and some exciting twists on classic Eurovision performances.
The event will open with last year’s winners, Kalush Orchestra, performing a powerful new song titled “Voices of a New Generation.” Then, during the Eurovision Flag Parade of all 26 Grand Finalists, viewers will be treated to a unique performance by some of Eurovision’s most iconic contestants, including GO_A, Jamala, Tina Karol, and Verka Serduchka.
For the first interval performance, the United Kingdom’s very own spaceman Sam Ryder will return to the Eurovision stage.
The second interval act will be “The Liverpool Songbook,” a celebration of the host city’s incredible contribution to the world of pop music. The BBC has brought together six iconic past Eurovision acts, including Italy’s Mahmood, Israel’s Netta, Iceland’s Daði Freyr, Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, and Liverpool’s very own Sonia. The performance will celebrate 30 years since Sonia came second at Eurovision in 1993, and promises to be a fitting tribute to the city’s incredible musical heritage.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Grand Final will be broadcast live on 13th May, with Scott Mills and Rylan serving as BBC Radio 2’s presenters for the event. Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, and Julia Sanina will be hosting the Semi-Finals and Grand Final, ensuring that viewers are in for a night of top-quality entertainment.
With so much talent on show, and the promise of some big surprises, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is not to be missed.