While the main focus at each Eurovision Song Contest is on the competing songs, viewers get to see performances from other acts – at the start of the show and while voting happens. These acts give the host broadcasters a chance to showcase their culture and music.
With a month to go before the 2023 Grand Final, the BBC has released details of the supporting acts for the two Liverpool semi-finals.
The First Semi-Final will open with host Julia Sanina performing part of Маяк by her band The Hardkiss. The interval act is Rita Ora, with a medley of her biggest hits, along with the world exclusive of her brand-new single, Praising You. Ukrainian singer Alyosha – who represented Ukraine in 2010 will perform alongside Rebecca Ferguson.
On Thursday, for the second semi-final, an act entitled Music Unites Generations explores the connection between generations of Ukrainians and the music they love. Mariya Yaremchuk, who represented Ukraine at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, will lead a montage of well-known pieces of music from the country, ending with a performance from rapper OTOY, 14-year-old Ukrainian Junior Eurovision representative Zlata Dziunka, and Mariya. A second act: Be Who You Wanna Be celebrates how Eurovision is a place for everyone. Three drag performers will perform with a troupe of dancers.
The guest performances for the Grand Final of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest will be announced soon.