Eurovision final kicks off in Liverpool

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Excitement was building in Liverpool on Saturday for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023 which began at 21:00 CEST. “We’ve had our two Semi-Finals, which gave us 20 qualifiers joining our Big Five countries and reigning Contest champs Ukraine,” the official Eurovision website wrote announcing the running order of the competition.

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The city in northern England is hosting the annual song contest on behalf of the 2022 winner Ukraine, which was not able to stage, as is customary, because of Russia’s invasion.

The 26 competing acts span musical styles from ballads to heavy rock to rap, starting with Austria’s Teya & Salena performing “Who The Hell is Edgar?”.

Blanka for the win!

Poland’s contender Blanka Stajkow performed her song called “Solo” soon after the final began as she got fourth place in the running order. “I think the most amazing moment was when I started feeling the support from the fans and I started getting a lot of amazing messages as well as the support I’ve received from my whole family because they just give their whole heart to me. And that’s amazing,” Blanka said after qualifying for the final. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is decided by a combination of points awarded by juries and viewers in each competing country, plus for the first-time viewers in other countries.

The Liverpool arena can hold about 6,000 plus many thousand more can watch in a fan zone on the banks of the River Mersey.