Eurovision 2023 announces host line-up of national treasures and fans are ecstatic: ‘Truly iconic’

A promotional image of the 2023 Eurovision hosts. From the left, this image shows Rylan, Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon, Scott Mills and Ukranian presenter Timur Miroshnychenko.

The hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have finally been revealed, with a line-up including Rylan, Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon and Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham.

Waddingham and Dixon will present the semi-finals on 9 and 11 May alongside Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, with Eurovision staple Graham Norton join them for the finale on 13 May.

Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc will join Norton to help commentate the final, while BBC Radio 2 presenters Rylan and Scott Mills will join forces to commentate the semi-finals on BBC.

Emmy award-winner Waddingham, best known for her roles in Sex Education and Game of Thrones as well as long-standing theatre career, said that it was a “great privilege” to be hosting “one of the world’s greatest music festivals”.

“This year, perhaps more than ever, it is such a great honour to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine, a country which has carried itself with such strength and unity,” she continued.

Singer and Mis-Teeq star Alesha Dixon expressed her adoration for Eurovision and the “excitement, creativity and talent” it delivers year on year.

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The line-up is already being hailed as one the best in years, with fans praising it as “truly, truly iconic”.

“Didn’t have Hannah Waddingham hosting Eurovision on my 2023 bingo card but f**k me I’m so here for it,” wrote one person.

“I am IN LOVE with the decision to put Mel Giedroyc as the grand final commentary replacement/ pair for Graham. What a stroke of genius,” wrote an overjoyed Mel Giedroyc fan.

“Oh Hannah Waddingham is truly going for world domination,” said another.

Despite Ukraine winning the Eurovision Song Contest last year, Liverpool will host the 2023 contest due to the ongoing war in the country.

The BBC had previously announced that this year’s Eurovision would be co-produced between UK and Ukranian talent, hence Julia Sanina joining in with hosting duties.

A new logo and slogan was revealed earlier this month, with the colours and concept honouring Ukraine.

Fans are still awaiting the dates for tickets to go on sale, while rumours are still swirling about which artist will be the UK’s Eurovision entry.

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