PREVIOUSLY, we announced the two new Eurovision specials planned by the BBC, the British national broadcaster. Now the Hosts for each special and broadcast plans have also been announced by the BBC.
Comedian Jason Manford and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes will present Eurovision Calling: Jason and Chelcee’s Ultimate Guide. This entertainment programme will showcase 20 compelling reasons why the Eurovision Song Contest is the greatest show on Earth. Using a mix of fascinating archive footage and revealing interviews, the film will delve into the story of how the Contest has become the world’s largest live music event, creating global superstars and leaving an impact on the lives of many.
Sharing their own exclusive personal experiences of the Eurovision Song Contest with Jason will be Sam Ryder who came second in 2022’s contest and Katrina Leskanich from Katrina and the Waves, the UK’s last Eurovision Song Contest winner from 1997. Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Chelcee will join forces with Jason to provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Eurovision Song Contest preparations. In addition to revealing some little-known facts about the event, Chelcee will take audiences on a journey through Liverpool as the city prepares for Eurovision 2023 and also visits Sweden to find out just how popular the Contest is there. The show will air Monday 8th May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Musician Fleur East will present Eurovision: Everyone’s A Winner. A Eurovision party like no other, this one-off special is a chart rundown of the twenty most successful Eurovision songs that didn’t quite win the official song contest. It will chronicle the triumphs of past Eurovision Song Contest entrants who may not have scored enough points to win the iconic competition, but have gone on to score great success in the music industry.
Fleur will be joined by celebrity Eurovision fans including Radio 1 DJ Dean McCullough, the UK’s 2018 Eurovision entrant SuRie, and ‘Dr Eurovision’ Paul Jordan who has a PhD in Eurovision studies. Also joining in the fun are an array of Eurovision superfans including Owain Wyn Evans, Scott Mills, actress Claire Sweeney, singer Duncan James from former UK Eurovision entrant Blue, TV presenter Lauren Layfield and Tia Kofi from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The show will air on Friday 12th May, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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Author: Richard Taylor
Categories: BBC, Eurovision 2021, Eurovision 2023, United Kingdom
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