Eurovision 2023: Denmark, Israel, Croatia, San Marino, Romania, and Georgia lose out on a place in the final while fans praise interval drag act and host Alesha Dixon brings the glamour
Denmark, Israel, Croatia, San Marino, Romania, and Georgia are out of the running for Eurovision 2023.
16 acts gathered at the city’s M&S Bank Arena to battle it out for a place in Saturday’s grand final on Thursday but only ten acts made it through.
Amongst them was Belgium’s Gustaph who secured a spot in the finale with his track Because of You, following his third attempt at the competition.
Host’s Alesha Dixon, Hannah Waddingham and Julia Sanina brought the glamour to round two of the semi-finals while viewers went wild over Drag Act Queen Machine who stormed the stage with their incredible performance.
Meanwhile, the UK’s entry Mae Muller looked incredible in a plunging bright yellow and green dress that was studded with silver sequins as she cheered on the other countries from her place in the audience.
Made it: Denmark, Israel, Croatia, San Marino and Georgia are out of the running for Eurovision 2023 with Belgium’s Gustaph (pictured) securing his place in the final after his third attempt
Loving it: Viewers went wild over Drag Act Queen Machine who stormed the stage with their incredible performance
Stunning: Meanwhile, the UK’s entry Mae Muller looked incredible in a plunging bright yellow and green dress that was studded with silver sequins as she cheered on the other countries
The ten acts who made it through were; Albania, Cyprus, Estonia, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Australia, Armenia and Slovenia.
They will join Croatia, Moldova, Switzerland, Finland, Czechia, Israel, Sweden, Serbia, Portugal and Norway for Saturday’s main event.
Last year’s winner Ukraine automatically progressed to the Grand Final, along with the big five, comprising the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
In a change to the rules this year, the decision of who went through was entirely down to the public, with national juries being able to have their say during the final on Saturday.
The night kicked off with a performance from Denmark. Reiley performed Breaking My Heart followed by Armenia’s Brunette with Future Lover.
Other countries performing were Romania (Theodor Andrei with D.G.T.), Estonia (Alika with Bridges) and Belgium’s (Gustaph with Because of You).
Cyprus’s Andrew Lambrou left fans swooning over his good looks as he performed Break a Broken Heart.
He was followed by Iceland’s Diljá singing Power, Greece (Victor Vernicos with What They Say), Poland (Blanka with Solo) and Slovenia (Joker Out with Carpe Diem) – who all made it through.
Here come the girls: Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham brought the glamour to Liverpool for round two of the Eurovision 2023 semi-finals
Rock and roll: Voyager from Australia were elated to make it through to the final
Edgy: The band took to the stage with their song Promise
All pink: The night kicked off with a performance from Denmark. Reiley performed Breaking My Heart
Heart-throb: Cyprus’s Andrew Lambrou left fans swooning over his good looks as he performed Break a Broken Heart.
Belting it out: Lithuania were up next as Monika Linkytė played Stay
Through! Albania’s Albina & Familja Kelmendi performed their song Duje and won a spot in the final
Singing: Estonia entrant Alika Milova looked chic in a blue ensemble
See you next week: Slovenia’s Joker Out made it through with their song Carpe Diem
Headed home: San Marino’s Piqued Jacks played Like An Animal, but sadly missed out
Next up was Georgia’s Iru with Echo and San Marino’s Piqued Jacks with Like An Animal, who both sadly missed out.
Austria’s quirky Teya & Salena played their catchy track, Who The Hell Is Edgar?, followed by Albania’s Albina & Familja Kelmendi with Duje, who secured their spots.
Lithuania were up next as Monika Linkytė played Stay, while Australia’s Voyager rounded off the night with Promise.
Mariya Yaremchuk, Zlata Dziunka and OTOY performed during the interval, bringing together different generations of Ukrainian music.
After the voting came to a close host Hannah was joined on stage by drag act Queen Machine, who were seen impersonating her co-stars Alesha and Julia before ‘replacing’ Hannah herself.
The three drag queens were joined by a cast of eclectic dancers as they performed a medley of pop songs including Jessie Ware’s Free Yourself and En Vogue’s Free Your Mind.
Those watching at home were loving it as one said: ‘Why isn’t this drag queen thing the UK entry this year? #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision.’
Another said: ‘THE WAY I GASPED #Eurovision.’
Spain’s Blanca Paloma, Ukraine’s entry Tvorchi and the UK’s Mae Muller then sat down for a quick question and answer session.
Naming the thing they couldn’t live without, Blanca said she would be lost without the people she loved while Mae, like a true Britton, admitted that she could’t live without biscuits to dip in her tea.
Next the acts showed off their part tricks with Mae revealing: ‘I can make my eyes shake, like vibrate.’
‘I’m not sure if this is one but I can spin things, I can spin plates,’ Tvorchi demonstrated.
Alesha and Ted Lasso’s Hannah brought the glamour to Liverpool for round two of the Eurovision 2023 semi-finals.
And the Mis-Teeq singer, 44, and the actress, 48, pulled out all the stops as they strutted onto the stage to present the show, which aired on BBC One, alongside Julia Sanina.
Alesha looked incredible in a strapless black corset dress which featured sheer mesh panelling and a dramatic train.
Hannah, meanwhile, put on a leggy display in a busty strapless yellow minidress which showcased her hourglass figure.
For the first time in the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest history, both semi-finals are being presented live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Radio DJs Scott Mills and Rylan will bring UK audiences their colourful commentary, while Alesha, Julia and Hannah host.
Sparkles: Spain’s Blanca Paloma, Ukraine’s entry Tvorchi and the UK’s Mae Muller then sat down for a quick question and answer session (Mae piictured)
On stage: Mariya Yaremchuk, Zlata Dziunka and OTOY performed during the interval, bringing together different generations of Ukrainian music
Glitzy: After the voting came to a close host Hannah was joined on stage by drag act Queen Machine, who were joined by a cast of eclectic dancers
There is also a special commentary team on BBC Radio Merseyside, which will include Claire Sweeney and the winner of The Voice of Eurovision talent search, which is currently underway to discover new Liverpudlian talent.
This year’s Eurovision Grand Final has the Royal seal of approval. During a visit to the venue, the Liverpool Arena, the King told the UK entrant Mae Muller that he would be ‘watching with great interest’ and ‘egging her on’. ‘Thank you. No pressure,’ she joked.
At last year’s contest, held in Italy, the UK fielded its strongest entry for years with Sam Ryder’s Space Man, but no one begrudged the Ukrainians their victory with Kalush Orchestra’s ebullient Stefania.
For the grand final commentary on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Graham and comedian Mel Giedroyc will take turns in the commentary box to bring those watching at home their unique and expert views on the 2023 acts.
Eurovision’s Grand Final will take place on Saturday, on BBC One at 8pm.
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