Liverpool will host the handover and semifinal allocation draw for Eurovision 2023

Liverpool will get the “official keys to Eurovision” in a BBC TV broadcast on January 31.

To attend a handover ceremony host by Rylan and AJ Odudu in Merseyside, the mayor of Turin, where the song contest was held last year, will travel from Turin.

It will also be when participating nations discover through an allocation lottery which semifinal they will compete in.

The contest will happen this year during the second week of May.

The BBC also revealed that students from a nearby Liverpool school and Ukrainian residents who have settled in the city since the war started would participate in the allocation announcement.

Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and the UK are guaranteed spots in the final due to the entry fees they paid. Ten nations from each program will advance, while the remaining 31 acts will perform in two semifinals first.

The tournament in May will be host in the United Kingdom on behalf of Ukraine after organizers decide it couldn’t be held there due to the current conflict despite Kalash Orchestra’s victory in the 2022 edition.

The tournament is typically host the following year by the winning nation, but as Sam Ryder finish in second, it was offer to the BBC.

The expense of putting on the most-watched live music event in the world will be cover by contributions of £2 million each from Liverpool City Council and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Additional financing, estimated to be in the neighborhood of £10 million, will come from the government, the BBC, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The Italian city of Turin spent £10 million on extra-arena events last year, stating that it “was a success well beyond our expectation” because the hospitality sector made money back seven times over .On the same day, the successful Newscast and Ukraine cast podcasts will follow the debut of a brand-new BBC Eurovision podcast called Eurovision cast.