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Eurovision 2023 – live: Mae Muller to represent UK in Liverpool final

The Eurovision Song Contest is finally upon us, with the annual celebration of European music heading into its grand final in Liverpool on Saturday.

Tonight (13 May), the UK will stage its first Eurovision final in 25 years, hosting on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine.

Earlier this week, 31 acts performed for the first time across two semi-finals, competing for 20 spots in the grand final.

The 20 selected acts will join Eurovision’s Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and Ukraine, all of whom automatically progress to the final.

You can see all the acts who made it through to Saturday night’s final here.

The UK will this year be represented by Mae Muller, a 25-year-old singer from north London, with her track “I Wrote A Song”.

While Muller might not quite reach the same heights as the UK’s 2022 entry Sam Ryder, who finished in second place, the bookies still pin her among the frontrunners. You can read the latest odds here.

The competition is expected to be dominated by former champion Loreen, from Sweden, with her song “Tattoo”. Loreen’s 2012 track “Euphoria” is one of the most successful Eurovision songs of all time.

Key points

Latest betting odds and favourites

11:50 , Annabel Nugent

I’m afraid things aren’t looking too good for the UK, at least according to the bookies.

Here’s the latest betting odds and favourites to win for tonight’s competition...

Eurovision 2023: Betting odds, favourites, sweepstake and scorecards

What do the lyrics to Finland’s entry mean?

11:29 , Annabel Nugent

Among this year’s frontrunners is Finland!

Competing for the country this year is Käärijä with his upbeat paen to piña coladas and pints: “Cha Cha Cha.”

If you want to sing-along tonight, you can check out the lyrics (and the English translation) here...

What the lyrics to Finland’s Eurovision song ‘Cha Cha Cha’ mean in English

What is the running order for tonight?

10:50 , Annabel Nugent

UK fans will have to stay up late, with Mae Muller scheduled to perform last out of the 26 countries. At least she’ll be fresh in voters’ minds!

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 ŠÄŒ!

26. United Kingdom: Mae Muller - I Wrote A Song

Where are the UK’s past Eurovision entries now?

10:33 , Annabel Nugent

For one day of the year, Eurovision captivates millions of viewers – but what happens when the cameras stop rolling?

In the past, the nation’s Eurovision entries have covered a wide variety of performers, from household names like Cliff Richard and the late Olivia Newton-John, to more obscure up-and-comers.

Here’s a rundown of some of the UK’s most note-worthy past Eurovision entrants – and where they are now.

Where are the UK Eurovision entries now?

Who is Mae Muller?

10:11 , Annabel Nugent

Meet the star hoping to lead the UK to victory tonight with her infectious pop anthem “I Wrote A Song”.

We spoke to the North London-based artist ahead of tonight’s show. Check out the interview here...

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09:35 , Annabel Nugent

These are the 26 countries set to perform tonight with the hopes of being crowned this year’s Eurovision winners.

The 26 countries competing in Eurovision’s grand final are confirmed

Today’s the day!

08:45 , Annabel Nugent

Happy Eurovision day all those who celebrate!

Stay tuned on our live blog for all the updates and latest information regarding tonight’s big event.

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Who’s going to win Eurovision (according to the bookies)

08:23 , Tom Murray

All week, the bookmakers have been breaking down who they think will walk away with the Eurovision trophy on Saturday.

Throughout, one name has stood out as a clear frontrunner: that of Sweden’s entry, Loreen.

You can find out who she’s up against below.

Meet Loreen, the Swedish singer who might just win Eurovision twice

07:27 , Tom Murray

We spoke to the woman everyone’s talking about this year: returning champion Loreen.

After winning in 2012, the “Euphoria” singer is back with a new, equally catching song.

You can check out our interview with her below.

Loreen is Sweden’s returning champion hoping to score a second Eurovision victory

06:22 , Tom Murray

Missed out on the second semi-final? Here’s the whole thing, summed up in 60 seconds.

The best 10 winning performances

05:28 , Tom Murray

The Independent’s Olivia Emily has looked back at 10 of the greatest winning Eurovision performances of all time ahead of this year’s final.

From Måneskin to ABBA, find them all here.

The 10 greatest winning Eurovision performances

Video: Eurovision’s creative director says final will showcase ‘new generation of Ukraine’

04:25 , Tom Murray

Graham Norton’s best commentating moments

03:27 , Tom Murray

Graham Norton has been hosting Eurovision since 2008.

The talk show host quickly became renowned for mocking the length of the four-hour final, and also for noticing when “someone dressed up” for the announcement of scores from each participating country.

Below, The Independent has rounded up some of his most savage lines from over the years.

Read more:

Graham Norton’s most savage Eurovision commentary moments

Meet Voyager, the prog-rock band representing Australia this year

02:31 , Tom Murray

The Independent’s Isobel Lewis has taken a look at Australia’s entrants, Voyager.

The prog-rock group were shortlisted to compete for Australia in 2020 (although they did not make it to the country’s final), only to become the runners-up in Australia’s competition last year.

“I genuinely think we were a point of difference for Australia last year; a heavy band with a pop sheen, and our song had immediacy to it,” guitarist Scott Kay told The Independent.

“This year, we believe it only made sense to be chosen to represent the country considering how close we came in 2022!”

Read more:

Voyager: Meet the Eurovision die-hards finally representing Australia this year

Video: Eurovision contestants look forward to final performance

01:29 , Tom Murray

Who is Eurovision favourite Alessandra?

Saturday 13 May 2023 00:37 , Tom Murray

The Independent’s Meg Warren-Lister has taken a look at Norway’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest this year: Alessandra.

The Norwegian-Italian singer has already racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify with her song “Queen of Kings”, which she will be performing during Saturday’s (13 May) grand final.

Alessandra rose to fame in her home country only last year after appearing on Norway’s version of The Voice.

Speaking about the inspiration behind “Queen of Kings”, she said the song is about the power of women as well as her experiences as a bisexual woman.

Read more:

Who is Eurovision favourite Alessandra? Norway’s TikTok star adored by Ellie Goulding

Video: Graham Norton jokes EBU rules with ‘iron fist’ after Zelensky’s request blocked

Friday 12 May 2023 23:39 , Tom Murray

How Eurovision voting works – and the massive rule change for the 2023 final

Friday 12 May 2023 21:45 , Isobel Lewis

Eurovision’s voting system is always complex and always changing. This year, a new rule has been brought in allowing viewers from countries not competing in Eurovision to vote for the first time.

Want the lowdown? Read below...

How Eurovision voting works – and the massive change to the rules for 2023

Who are Vesna, the all-female folk group from Czechia representing ‘underdogs’?

Friday 12 May 2023 21:00 , Isobel Lewis

Bringing girl power to Liverpool (even more than the city usually has), Vesna are representing Czechia this year with their feminist anthem “My Sister’s Crown”.

Ahead of the final, Meg Warren Lister spoke to the band about competing in Eurovision 2023.

Who are Vesna, the all-female folk group representing Czechia at Eurovision?

Remembering Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Friday 12 May 2023 20:15 , Isobel Lewis

It’s Eurovision eve, so why not spend the evening watching Netflix’s Eurovision film, The Story of Fire Saga?

Released in 2020 and starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, the musical comedy follows a pair of Icelandic musicians who dream of representing their country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ellie Muir breaks out all the real-life Eurovision references in the film:

All the real-life comparisons you missed in Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Netflix film

Meet Lord of the Lost, the head-banging, throat-ripping chart-toppers representing Germany in Eurovision

Friday 12 May 2023 19:30 , Isobel Lewis

Next up in our interview series, we spoke to “Blood and Glitter” band Lord of the Lost to find out how seriously they’re taking Eurovision.

The answer? VERY.

Meet Lord of the Lost, Germany’s head-banging, chart-topping Eurovision entry

Every Eurovision winner ranked from worst to best

Friday 12 May 2023 18:45 , Isobel Lewis

Since Eurovision first began in 1956, there have been 69 winners (due to an infamous four-way tie in 1969).

Those contestants have ranged from the good (Conchita Wurst) to the bad (most of the early 2000s), to the downright ugly (Lordi), and we’ve ranked them all for you.

Who will take home the number one spot? Read on to find out...

Every Eurovision winner ranked

The winner takes it all: How Abba’s douze-points energy at Eurovision started a pop revolution

Friday 12 May 2023 18:00 , Isobel Lewis

Abba are undeniably the biggest act to ever come out of Eurovision, having won the competition in 1974 with a little track called “Waterloo”.

Here, Mark Beaumont looks back at the band’s musical past, following their journey from Sweden to Abba-tar stardom.

How Abba’s douze-points energy at Eurovision started a pop revolution

The 26 countries competing in Eurovision 2023 final

Friday 12 May 2023 17:15 , Isobel Lewis

On Saturday, 26 countries will be competing for a chance to take home the Eurovision trophy.

They are the 20 acts who made it through this week’s semi-finals (10 from each), the Big Five countries who automatically qualify every year (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom), and 2022 champions Ukraine.

See who will be taking part here.

The 26 countries competing in Eurovision’s grand final are confirmed

Friday 12 May 2023 16:50 , Isobel Lewis

Missed out on last night’s semi-final? Here’s the whole thing, summed up in 60 seconds.

Meet Loreen, the Swedish singer who might just win Eurovision twice

Friday 12 May 2023 16:30 , Isobel Lewis

Next in our series of pre-Eurovision chats, we spoke to the woman everyone’s talking about this year: returning champion Loreen.

After winning in 2012, the “Euphoria” singer is back with a new, equally catching song.

You can check out our interview with her below.

Loreen is Sweden’s returning champion hoping to score a second Eurovision victory

Mae Muller poses with Ukraine’s Tvorchi as she shares message of support

Friday 12 May 2023 16:20 , Isobel Lewis

On Friday (12 May), Mae Muller posted a photo to Instagram posing alongside Ukrainian competitors Tvorchi.

She captioned the post: “We wrote the songs, sharing our life stories. Now our passion and hope are felt by millions, thanks to Eurovision. Today we unite our posts ahead of the contest, which this year is hosted by the UK on behalf of Ukraine.”

Who’s going to win Eurovision (according to the bookies)

Friday 12 May 2023 15:45 , Isobel Lewis

All week, the bookmakers have been breaking down who they think will walk away with the Eurovision trophy on Saturday.

Throughout, one name has stood out as a clear frontrunner: that of Sweden’s entry, Loreen.

You can find out who she’s up against below.

Who will win Eurovision 2023? Latest odds and favourites

Hannah Waddingham steals the show in Eurovision semi-finals

Friday 12 May 2023 15:15 , Isobel Lewis

During this week’s Eurovision semi-finals, all anyone has been able to talk about is presenter Hannah Waddingham.

Flanked by Alesha Dixon and Julia Sanina, the Ted Lasso star used the live shows to show off her “unreal” vocal skills, speak in fluent French, and generally get the party going.

Still, it’s no surprise, writes Jessie Thompson; Waddingham has always been a diva-in-waiting...

Eurovision host Hannah Waddingham was always a diva-in-waiting

Graham Norton’s most savage Eurovision comments

Friday 12 May 2023 14:45 , Isobel Lewis

At this point, Eurovision is synonymous with one thing for UK viewers: Graham Norton’s sarcastic commentary.

Yes, it wouldn’t be Eurovision without the Irish comedian, who this year is sharing commentary duties with Mel Giedroyc, as well as co-hosting the live final in Liverpool.

Here, we’ve looked back at some of Norton’s most barbs from over the years, ahead of tomorrow’s final.

Graham Norton’s most savage Eurovision commentary moments

Mae Muller interview: ‘Eurovision 2023 is the year of the pop girlies!’

Friday 12 May 2023 14:10 , Isobel Lewis

Mae Muller is the woman representing the UK at Eurovision this year, with her pop banger “I Wrote a Song”.

We spoke to the 25-year-old about political tweets, girl power and the UK (finally) taking Eurovision seriously.

Mae Muller: ‘Eurovision 2023 is the year of the pop girlies!’

Meet Australia’s Eurovision entry Voyager

Friday 12 May 2023 12:13 , Isobel Lewis

Ahead of this year’s competition, we spoke to some of the most interesting acts competing in Liverpool.

First up: meet Voyager! Australia may be a relatively new addition to Eurovision, but don’t be fooled. This rock band know their stuff when it comes to the big competition, having “stayed up to ungodly hours just to simply watch Eurovision”.

Voyager: Meet the Eurovision die-hards finally representing Australia this year

How Eurovision voting works

Friday 12 May 2023 11:05 , Isobel Lewis

If there’s one thing Eurovision loves, it’s a complex voting system. In 2023, things have got even more confusing, as countries outside of the competition will be able to vote for the first time.

Find out more below...

Who will win Eurovision 2023? Latest odds and favourites

Eurovision, this is Liverpool calling!

Friday 12 May 2023 10:52 , Isobel Lewis

Welcome to The Independent’s Eurovision live blog!

We’ll be talking you through everything going on in this year’s competition, from interviews with the 2023 finalists to behind-the-scenes intel on social media.