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Eurovision Song Contest 2023 hosts confirmed including Graham Norton and Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton, Rylan Clark and musical icon Hannah Waddingham are among the presenters who have been confirmed to front this year's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.

While last year's event was won by Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra, it was decided by the Eurovision Broadcasting Union that the nation, given the conflict it has faced over the last year, was not in a position to stage the event; so, after the United Kingdom finished second with Sam Ryder, it was decided that the BBC would pick up the baton.

This year's Eurovision will be a celebration of Ukraine and that is reflected in who will host. Presenting the grand final on Saturday, May 13 will be Eurovision legend Graham, Ukrainian singer and composer Julia Sanina, Emmy Award-winning actress, Hannah Waddingham, and singer-songwriter, pop star and TV presenter, Alesha.

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Julia, Hannah and Alesha will also host the two live semi finals, on May 9 and 11 which will make the switch to BBC One for the first time in their history. For the Grand Final commentary on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Graham and actress 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.

Just as they have done for the last few years, it will be the job of Rylan Clark and Scott Mills to take on commentary duties for the semis.

Eurovision 2023 will be on the airwaves as well as the TV screen and dolng the honours for BBC Radio Merseyside will be stars including Claire Sweeney and the winner of The Voice of Eurovision talent search, currently underway to discover new Scouse talent.

While many countries, including Spain, France, Italy and Ireland have announced their entries for last year, the UK's artist is still to be revealed.

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