The Eurovision 2023 final is just hours away – and judging by the two semi-finals this week, it looks set to be an epic competition.


Thursday night’s semi-final saw 10 more acts qualify for the final, with Albania, Australia, Armenia, Austria and others set to perform.

They’ll be joined by the Big Five – including the UK’s performer Mae Muller, plus contestants from Spain, Germany, France and Italy – who have pre-qualified for the show, as well as Eurovision 2022 winners Ukraine.

Hosting the live events will be Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham amongst others, while Graham Norton is on commentating duty.

With the Eurovision 2023 odds ever-changing, every vote will count in this year’s big final.

But when will it take place, how can you watch it and where will the UK fall in the official running order? Read on to find out.

When is the Eurovision final 2023?

The Eurovision Song Contest's 2023 Grand Final will take place on Saturday 13th May.

The final will be held at the Liverpool Arena, with 26 acts performing on the night in the hopes of becoming the 2023 Eurovision champion.

Eurovision Song Contest 2023 finalists

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UK entry Mae Muller. Getty / Dia Dipasupil

While the two semi-finals (Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May) will determine which acts make it through to the Grand Final, there are six acts who are automatically fast-tracked to the final: The Big Four and last year's winner.

They are as following:

  • France – La Zarra performing 'Évidemment'
  • Germany – Lord of the Lost performing 'Blood & Glitter'
  • Italy – Marco Mengoni performing 'Due Vite'
  • Spain – Blanca Paloma performing 'Eaea'
  • United Kingdom – Mae Muller performing 'I Wrote a Song'
  • Ukraine – TVORCHI performing 'Heart of Steel'

Eurovision 2023 final running order: When does Mae Muller perform?

  1. Austria | Teya & Salena - Who The Hell Is Edgar?
  2. Portugal | Mimicat - Ai Coração
  3. Switzerland | Remo Forrer - Watergun
  4. Poland | Blanka - Solo
  5. Serbia | Luke Black - Samo Mi Se Spava
  6. France | La Zarra - Évidemment
  7. Cyprus | Andrew Lambrou - Break A Broken Heart
  8. Spain: Blanca Paloma - Eaea
  9. Sweden | Loreen - Tattoo
  10. Albania | Albina & Familja Kelmendi - Duje
  11. Italy | Marco Mengoni - Due Vite
  12. Estonia | Alika - Bridges
  13. Finland | Käärijä - Cha Cha Cha
  14. Czechia | Vesna - My Sister's Crown
  15. Australia | Voyager - Promise
  16. Belgium | Gustaph - Because Of You
  17. Armenia | Brunette - Future Lover
  18. Moldova | Pasha Parfeni - Soarele şi Luna
  19. Ukraine | TVORCHI - Heart of Steel
  20. Norway | Alessandra - Queen of Kings
  21. Germany | Lord of the Lost - Blood & Glitter
  22. Lithuania | Monika Linkytė - Stay
  23. Israel | Noa Kirel - Unicorn
  24. Slovenia | Joker Out - Carpe Diem
  25. Croatia | Let 3 - Mama ŠČ!
  26. United Kingdom | Mae Muller - I Wrote A Song

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 final

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm on Saturday 13th May.

The show will be broadcast live, with BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds also airing the final – and Rylan and Scott Mills are on commentary duty.

Eurovision Song Contest 2023 final presenters

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Eurovision 2023 presenters. BBC

Hosting the Eurovision final this year will be Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer-songwriter Julia Sanina.

Meanwhile, Graham Norton will be popping up both on screen and in the commentary box, with the broadcaster providing his iconic voiceover to the proceedings, taking turns with former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc.

How to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 final

You'll be able to cast your vote in the Eurovision final once all of the competing acts have performed on the night.

Voting will take place by telephone only and UK-based callers cannot vote for the UK act. For the first time in Eurovision history, after the jury votes the tele-voting points will be combined, providing one score for each song.

You can find out more about the voting terms and conditions on the BBC's Voting page.

Who is performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 final?

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Sam Ryder placed second in the competition last year. BBC

Taking to the stage at the Eurovision final will be last year's winners Kalush Orchestra, who'll be opening the ceremony with their performance, 'Voices of a Generation.'

There will also be a Eurovision Flag Parade of all 26 Grand Finalists, featuring past Ukrainian Eurovision contestants from GO_A and Jamala to Tina Karol and Verka Serducha.

Performing in the first interval will be last year's runner-up, the UK's Sam Ryder, while the final interval act will be The Liverpool Songbook – a celebration of the host city's contribution to pop music. Israel's Netta, Italy's Mahmood, Iceland's Daði Freyr, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, Sweden's Cornelia Jakobs and Liverpool's very own Sonia will be putting on a show.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will begin on Tuesday 9th May 2023. Listen to all of last year's Eurovision songs on TIDAL, while the full album of tracks is available on CD and vinyl now.

You can also check out the full list of Eurovision winners and how many times the UK has won Eurovision here. If you're looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide and Streaming Guide.


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