He will open Austria with Teya & Salena and close the UK with Mae Muller
The final of the Eurovision Song Contestscheduled for tomorrow evening in Liverpool (and live on Rai1), will be opened by Austria with Teya & Salena in the competition with ‘Who The Hell is Edgar?’, a song inspired by the figure of the 19th century poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe, and closed by the competitor from the United Kingdom, Mae Muller, in the competition with the song ‘I Wrote A Song’ . Marco Mengoni will compete for Italy with ‘Due Vite’, the song with which he won the victory at the Sanremo 2023 festival. The organizers have announced the lineup of the final, which will see 26 performances on stage for a global audience estimated around to 160 million viewers.
In Thursday’s semi-final, the bands Voyager (Australia) and Joker Out (Slovenia) managed to advance to the final together with eight other competitors. In the same competition, and despite the popularity on social networks (over 10 million followers on TikTok ed) the Danish singer Reiley was eliminated along with five other countries.
The grand finale of Eurovision 2023 is scheduled for 20 (local time, 21 in Italy) on Saturday 13 May at the Liverpool Arena and broadcast worldwide by BBC One and in Italy by Rai1. The responsibility for hosting the event has passed to the United Kingdom (runner-up at Eurovision 2022 in Turin) due to the impossibility of Ukraine (last year winner with ‘Stefania’ of Kalush Orchestra) due to public safety reasons related to the Russian invasion.
Furthermore, there is no provision for an electronic intervention by President Zelensky during the event: the organizing body of Eurovision, the Ebu, has in fact always been firm in the position that politics has no place within the competition.
After each semi-final, the performances that qualified finish in the first or second half of the final based on a drawing. The ‘big five’ (France, Spain, UK, Italy and Germany) automatically advance to the final because the broadcasters of the event pay more.
By tradition, moreover, as well last year’s winning nation automatically qualifiesin this case the Ukrainian duo Tvorchi.
Once the 26 participating countries are confirmed, the producers and organizers of Eurovision are thinking about the two halves of the show, and to make it possible for the technicians to prepare the stage between performances in less than 60 seconds.
The majority of previous Eurovision winners (43 out of 67) performed in the second half of the show. Delegations from participating countries aim to be placed as close to the bottom of the lineup as possible, probably because viewers are more likely to remember a song close to the voting rather than an opening one.
Furthermore, legend has it that no song placed in second place in the lineup has ever won Eurovision.
The two favorite countries, Sweden and Finland, are both placed in the first half of the show: Finnish rapper Käärijä with ‘Cha Cha Cha’ is 13th (closing the first act), while Swedish singer Loreen is ninth. Marco Mengoni is in 11th place.
As already mentioned, the host country is the winner of the last edition and automatically qualifies for the finals, so both Ukraine and the UK compete, but the position within the lineup remains random: Ukraine will perform 19thwhile Mae Muller will perform last, a rarity for the country where the competition takes place.