We are approaching Eurovision 2023, and as the Contest is now well underway in Liverpool, fans are curious about the Eurovision presenters.
After the 2022 winners, Ukraine was unable to host the tournament due to the continuing war with Russia, and the UK is serving as the event’s host for the first time since 1998. Because of the amazing Sam Ryder’s second-place finish, the beloved competition will now be held in Liverpool this year. As a result, supporters all around the country are eager to go and support the UK’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest(opens in new tab).
Viewers are curious about the tournament’s hosts now that the competition has started and the final is only a few days away. In this article, we unveil the presenter for Eurovision 2023 as well as all the information we have about the three performers: Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon, and Julia Sanina.
Who Are the Eurovision Presenters?
Graham Norton, Julia Sanina, Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon, Timur Mironovychenko, Sam Quek, Mel Giedroyc, Scott Mills, Rylan Clark-Neal, and Claire Sweeney are all presenters for Eurovision 2023.
Along with Julia Sanina of The Hardkiss, Hannah Waddingham, a recipient of an Emmy Award, and Alesha Dixon, a singer-songwriter, pop sensation, and television host, Graham Norton will host the final.
Additionally, Graham Norton and comedian Mel Giedroyc will alternate turns in the commentary box during the final.
Timur Miroshnychenko, a Ukrainian broadcaster, will serve as the Eurovision Correspondent in Liverpool, appearing during the live performances and providing live observations from Ukraine’s commentary box in the Liverpool Arena. Julia, Hannah, and Alesha will also be hosting the semi-finals on May 9 and 11.
Both Semi-Finals will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the first time in the history of the UK’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, with radio DJs and Eurovision specialists Scott Mills and Rylan providing analysis for UK viewers.
The opening ceremony will be streamed live on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Channel, with a special commentary team on BBC Radio Merseyside featuring Brookside star Claire Sweeney and Liverpudlian presenter Sam Quek.
Since 2009, Graham Norton has been the UK’s official Eurovision Contest commentator. He said: “It’s no secret how much I love Eurovision; I genuinely think it’s the greatest show on earth, and every year I’m involved it’s a wonderful honor.
This year is particularly noteworthy, and I personally feel a strong need to uplift our Ukrainian colleagues. Alongside presenting the Grand Final to the globe, I just couldn’t t resist the opportunity to climb back into the commentary box for those watching in the UK!”
Who is Hannah Waddingham?
Actress Hannah Waddingham, 48, has won an Emmy. She is well-known for her part in Ted Lasso, and she has also appeared in West End and Broadway musicals like Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Kiss Me Kate, and Space Family Robinson. She has also been nominated for three Olivier Awards.
Hannah has also appeared in movies and television shows like Sex Education, Game of Thrones, Hocus Pocus 2, Willow, and the upcoming Tom Jones limited series. Hannah earned the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2021 and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2021 for her work on Ted Lasso.
Hannah was born and raised in south-west London. Prior to enrolling in the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, she attended the private girls’ schools Streatham and Clapham High School.
She and her ex-partner, hotel manager Gianluca Cugnetto, has a daughter named Kitty, who was born in 2019.
Hannah Waddingham, who will be presenting Eurovision, stated: “There’s something truly special about Eurovision, which is why I’ve been a passionate fan for years, from the camaraderie of all the artists backstage to the epic magnitude of the program. It’s one of the biggest music festivals in the world, but this year, probably more than ever, it means so much to stand side by side with Ukraine, a nation that has conducted itself with such strength and cohesion. It is a big honor for me to compete in Eurovision this year more than any other.
Who is Alesha Dixon?
Singer Alesha Dixon, 44, was originally a member of the top-charting group Mis-Teeq. Alesha is a very successful solo musician and seasoned BBC TV presenter who has previously fronted Comic Relief, Children in Need, and The Greatest Dancer. The group scored two top-ten albums and seven straight top-ten singles.
She spent three years as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing after winning the competition in 2007, and she has also served as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Other appearances include Walk the Line, Australia’s Got Talent, Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, and America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
With her spouse of one year, Azuka Ononye, and their two daughters, Azura Sienna and Anaya Safiya, Alesha resides in Hertfordshire. Between 2005 and 2006, she was wed to British rapper Harvey.
Alesha Dixon said in a statement prior to hosting Eurovision that she has performed all around the world and that there is nothing that compares to the excitement and anticipation of a live concert. The skill, innovation, and excitement of Eurovision are presented on a huge, international platform. Being there to broadcast the Grand Final and Semi-Finals to viewers around the world is HUGE because I remember watching the Eurovision Song Contest on television when I was a young child.
Who is Julia Sanina?
Ukrainian singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist of the alternative band The Hardkiss, Julia Sanina, is 32 years old. She served as a judge on X-Factor Ukraine and was a finalist on Dancing with the Stars in Ukraine. Her band, The Hardkiss, competed in the 2016 national Eurovision Song Contest selection and finished in second place overall.
Her band has received multiple YUNA Ukrainian Music Awards, and the Ukrainian people chose her to serve as a judge on Ukraine’s national Eurovision selection program.
Julia, who was born in Kyiv, began acting when she was just three years old. In 2011, she wed Valeriy Val Bebko, the lead guitarist for The Hardkiss, and four years later, they had their first child, Danylo.
She stated, “I am happy to present the Semi-Finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m incredibly eager to present Ukrainian culture and creativity and to contribute to the production of a show that will honor my nation. When I arrive in Liverpool, I can’t wait to meet the supporters and the rest of the Eurovision family.