Ten of the 15 acts in the first semi-final have qualified for the final on May 13th. In addition to the participating semi-final countries, Germany, France and Italy also voted in the first semi as the so-called Big Five countries.
These ten acts are in the 2023 ESC final
Eliminated in the first ESC semi-final
Rita Ora and Aljosha as interval acts in the first semi
Rita Ora appeared as a guest star in the first ESC semi-final. The British singer with Kosovo-Albanian roots performed a medley of her greatest hits and her current song “Praising You” during the voting phase. The former Ukrainian ESC participant also performed Alyosha up. She told her personal story with a re-imagining of the Duran-Duran hit “Ordinary World.” Her performance was accompanied by Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson.
Tickets for the ESC shows in Liverpool
Ticket sales started on March 7th at 1 p.m. (CET). All ESC shows are actually sold out. Further ticket sales are currently not planned. Tickets were only available through Ticketmaster UK and cost between £30 and £290 for the semi-final shows and between £80 and £380 for the final shows. Since April 24, however, there are still remaining tickets available in advance. As every year, the EBU warns all fans not to buy tickets for the ESC shows on the black market or via anything other than the official online ticket platform. These cards are usually not only overpriced, but they could also be counterfeit and therefore not valid.
New rules for the ESC semi-finals
As of this year, the jury in the ESC semi-final shows is abolished. Only the televoting decides which acts move into the final – ten from the first and ten from the second semi-final. Which country starts in which semi-final was drawn on January 31 in the so-called Allocation Draw in Liverpool. The starting order was determined by the show’s producers based on dramaturgical aspects and announced on March 22nd.