Following the announcement that the UK would host The Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, it seems that the nation has been waiting patiently for tickets to the event to go on sale.
Tickets were released on Tuesday 7th March at midday and thousands of Brits were in queues up and down the country waiting for their chance to secure any type of ticket for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Commonly known for it’s cheesiness and OTT outfits and performances, The Eurovision Song Contest is actually the longest-running annual international televised music competition and one of the world’s longest-running TV programmes. It’s been held annually since 1956, with the exception of 2020 due to the global pandemic.
Active members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) alongside invited associate members are eligible to enter the competition. As of 2022, 52 countries have participated at least one. Each country puts forward one original song which will be performed live by either a solo artist or a group of up to 6 artists. The acts go head to head in semi-final rounds in the lead up to the main event: the live final.
After each country has performed in this live final, all of the other participating countries will award points 1-8, 10 and 12 to their favourite 10 songs based on the views of that country’s music professionals and the viewing public of that country. Whoever is awarded the most points wins. The winning country will then be the hosts of the next contest the following year.
As of 2022, Germany has the highest participant rate, having taken part in every single contest except one, whilst Ireland holds the title for the most victories with a grand total of 7 wins!
Due to the war in Ukraine (2022 winners), they are unfortunately unable to host the 2023 contest. As Great Britain came second with Sam Ryder, we are hosting the event on their behalf. Liverpool has been chosen as the home for the competition and there’s plenty of excitement within the city about it. It’s going to be an incredible show and we can’t wait to watch it.
Are you big fans of Eurovision? Did you manage to secure tickets to one of the events? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear all about your Eurovision plans!