The Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool is approaching and the BBC has now announced its line-up of presenters for this year's event. The team of four presenters, consisting of Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, Julia Sanina and Alesha Dixon, will be taking the stage to host the grand finale.
The Final Night Hosts
The grand finale will be hosted by all four presenters: Graham Norton, Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, British actress Hannah Waddingham and British singer and presenter Alesha Dixon.
- Norton, a popular TV presenter and British Eurovision commentator, is well-known for his show "The Graham Norton Show" which won a BAFTA in 2009.
- Waddingham, a British singer, actress, and performer, won an Emmy Award for her role in the series "Ted Lasso." Sanina, a finalist of the Ukrainian "Dancing with the Stars" and a member of the jury in the show "X-factor Ukraine," participated in Vidbir in 2016 with her band THE HARDKISS and won second place.
"There's something really special about Eurovision, which is why I've been an avid fan for years - from the camaraderie of all the acts backstage, to the epic scale of the show," she said, reports Sky News. "It's one of the world's greatest music festivals, but 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."
- Dixon, a British singer and TV presenter, started her career in the band Mis-Teeq and later went on to a successful solo career, with her song "The Boy Does Nothing" being one of the most listened to songs in 2008.
Semi-Final Night Hosts
The two semi-final nights will be led by the women's trio – Julia Sanina, Hannah Waddingham, and Alesha Dixon.
Who Pays for Eurovision?
Each participating country enters as a broadcaster, such as the BBC, RTÉ, and RAI for the UK, Ireland, and Italy. All broadcasters are charged a fee to take part, with the big five paying more than the others.
The Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool is shaping up to be a night to remember with this talented line-up of presenters. The event is sure to be a fantastic showcase of musical talent from across Europe.