Eurovision host Hannah Waddingham gives ‘pressurised’ message to acts
21st April 2023

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The Eurovision Song Contest is the World Cup for the music world with countries putting some of their best performers in front of the rest of the globe in a bid to try and take home the trophy.

Ukraine won the 2022 competition with Kalush Orchestra being voted as the champions, but due to the ongoing war in Russia, Eurovision won’t be taking place there.

So Liverpool in the UK is instead stepping in after Sam Ryder was announced as last year’s runner up and the final preparations are now underway ahead of the show starting next month.

Sharing the challenge of hosting the grand finale will be regular commentator Graham Norton, as well as Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina.

The three female presenters have all had singing careers so know what it’s like to get in front of millions to perform.

Actress and singer Waddingham wanted to give some key advice to the 37 acts who are going to be taking to the stage in a matter of weeks.

Talking to press, including, Waddingham commented: “I have to say this without swearing – make it count now.

“Make it count, you are never going to be on a bigger stage in your life.

“Make us remember you and then some – pressure!”

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Dixon went on to joke: “It is like where do you go from there after you’ve performed in front of 165 million people?

“It kind of goes downhill really but start as you mean to go on.”

Sanina, Waddingham and Dixon are also going to be presenting the live semi-finals.

Norton will be having a difficult job of both presenting and commentating at the final, alongside comedian Mel Giedroyc.

Elsewhere, DJ Scott Mills and Rylan Clark are going to take over the commentary box for the semi-finals.

In addition, Ukrainian presenter Timur Miroshnychenko and former athlete Sam Quek are going to act as Eurovision correspondents.

They will be hosting the opening ceremony as well as speaking to the stars on the “turquoise carpet”.

Miroshnychenko famously commentated on last year’s Eurovision in an underground bunker in Kyiv so he could still bring the show to Ukrainian viewers.

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest airs on Saturday, May 13, at 8pm on BBC One.

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