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When is Eurovision 2023? Mae Muller announced as UK's entry for song contest

The UK is hosting the competition for a record-breaking ninth time

Julia Sanina, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, and Alesha Dixon will host the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023. (BBC)
Julia Sanina, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, and Alesha Dixon will host the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023. (BBC)

The UK is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 25 years, with Mae Muller set to represent the UK.

The singing extravaganza will be staged in Liverpool on behalf of war-torn Ukraine.

As anticipation mounts, here is everything you need to know about Eurovision 2023.

When is Eurovision 2023?

The Eurovision 2023 final will take place on Saturday, 13 May, following two semi-finals on Tuesday, 9 May and Thursday, 11 May.

All three events will take place at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena, which has a capacity of 11,000.

UK contestant Muller will aim to become the first British winner since Katrina and the Waves in 1997.

Read more: How many times has the UK won Eurovision?

Singer Mae Muller outside BBC Wogan House in London
Singer Mae Muller is the UK's act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. (PA)

How can I watch it?

Tickets for Eurovision 2023 have already sold out, but the semi-finals and final will be broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer.

Coverage will be presented by ex-Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina.

Scott Mills and Rylan will commentate on the semi-finals, with Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc taking over duties for the final.

2023 Eurovision Song Contest stage design
The stage design for this year's contest has been revealed. (BBC)

Why is the UK hosting Eurovision?

Ukraine's entry Kalush Orchestra triumphed at last year's competition in Turin, Italy, with the UK's Sam Ryder finishing second.

But organisers decided the event could not take place in Ukraine due to Russia's war in the country.

As a result, the UK was offered the chance to host Eurovision for a record-breaking ninth time.

Eurovision 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra
Ukraine's entry Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022. (Getty Images)

Liverpool beat six other shortlisted cities, including Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, to be named the host city.

Eurovision hasn't taken place in the UK since 1998, when Birmingham assumed hosting duties.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final alongside the 'Big Five' nations – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson said the city would throw the "best party ever" in honour of Ukraine.

Sam Ryder arrives at Heathrow Airport in London after finishing second in the final of the Eurovision 2022
UK entry Sam Ryder finished second in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. (PA)

The slogan of this year's event is 'United By Music', which the BBC said "reflects the power of music to bring people together".

The event's official artwork shows hearts beating together in the colours of the Ukrainian and UK flags.

Meanwhile, the stage design was inspired from "a wide hug" to give the impression of "opening its arms to Ukraine", according to the BBC.

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