The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be organized in Liverpool in the United Kingdom on 9, 11 and 13 May 2023, in collaboration with the Ukrainian broadcaster. This was decided by the European Broadcasting Union because the winning country of 2022, Ukraine, cannot meet the required security measures to organise the next edition.
Out of a longlist of 20 cities and later a shortlist of 6, Liverpool was chosen as the host city.
The BBC has indicated that the 2023 festival will broadly represent Ukrainian culture, music and communities.
- The theme the organisers chose is United by music.
- Ukraine was the first country to choose a song, unlike other years in which that honour goes to Albania. A national final was organized from a bomb shelter in Kyiv in mid-December. The duo Tvorchi won with Heart of Steel and thus opened the 2023 season.
- A major change in the voting system: from now on only televoters will determine who survives the semi-finals - the jury no longer plays a role. This change was made after the irregularities in the jury voting of a number of countries in 2022. During the final, everything remains the same: 50% jury vote and 50% public vote.
- Another spectacular voting change: a whole new factor is introduced, namely that of 'the rest of the world'. In both the semi-finals and the final, the online votes of everyone who does not live in one of the participating countries are bundled into one additional public vote.
- There are 37 participating countries, the smallest number since 2014.
- 2023 is therefore the year of drop outs: North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bulgaria have indicated that they will no longer participate. The first two because of costs, the latter stated: 'After analysis it was decided that this program does not present an interest for the broadcaster any longer.' This suggests a permanent drop out.
- Both Ukraine and the United Kingdom drew their spot in the order of appearance in the final (normally only the host country does). Ukraine will perform as number 19, and the UK will be at number 26 - closing the line of songs.
- The experiment of the last two years in which the backing vocals can be heard on tape, is continued - and is therefore no longer an experiment. It remains forbidden to playback on stage.