The 2023 Eurovision host broadcaster, BBC, has unveiled the hosts for BBC Radio 2’s Eurovision 2023 live shows coverage.
Rylan and Scott Mills will be hosting the coverage of BBC Radio 2 for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final whilst Paddy O’Connell will be hosting the Semi-finals.
The BBC will be giving extensive coverage to the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, as the competition returns to British soil for the first time in 25 years. The UK and the BBC will be hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.
The BBC press release reads:
BBC Radio 2 – the home of Eurovision 2023 on UK radio – announces that Scott Mills and Rylan will be the station’s presenters for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Grand Final which will be broadcast live on Radio 2 on Saturday 13 May. And for the very first time, Radio 2 will also broadcast the Eurovision Semi-Finals, which will be presented by Paddy O’Connell.
Eurovision superfans and Radio 2 presenters, Scott and Rylan – who have been involved in Eurovision coverage for many years – will be bringing their insightful and colourful commentary to the Grand Final on the network, broadcasting live from the centre of the action at Liverpool Arena.
The UK is hosting the 2023 event on behalf of the 2022 winners, Ukraine. It will be the culmination of a week in the city for Scott and Rylan, as they are also providing TV commentary for the Semi-Finals – both of which, for the first time in the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest history, will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Meanwhile Scott’s afternoon show (Tuesday to Friday, 2-4pm) on Radio 2 will be coming from Liverpool all week, with Richie Anderson hosting the show on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as Scott prepares to host the semi-finals on TV.
For the first time, this year Radio 2 will also be broadcasting the two Eurovision Semi-Finals, with Paddy O’Connell hosting the network’s live coverage from the Liverpool Arena. In the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 9 May (8-10pm), fifteen countries are taking part with ten qualifying for the Grand Final on Saturday night. And on Thursday 11 May, Paddy returns with live coverage from the second of the Semi-Finals, with sixteen countries taking part and ten qualifying for the Grand Final on Saturday night. These shows will also be simulcast on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Eurovision is my favourite time of the year, I cannot wait! And I’m so excited and absolutely buzzing to be hosting the Eurovision Grand Final on Radio 2, the biggest and best music event in the world, with my partner-in-crime Scott Mills. We can’t wait to bring listeners closer to the action than ever before, with all the fun, excitement and backstage gossip from what promises to be an unforgettable night.”
Scott Mills says:
I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to be presenting the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Radio 2. I’ve had the great pleasure of being involved with Eurovision in various ways over the years, from commentating alongside Graham Norton to singing karaoke with the contestants, but presenting from the Grand Final in Liverpool is the ultimate childhood dream come true. Rylan and I will be going all out so please come and join the party live on Radio 2!
Paddy Occonnell says:
I’m walking on sunshine to join Radio 2 live in Liverpool hosting the Eurovision Semi-Finals. Sam Ryder broke the UK Eurovision spell last year and I hope it’s magic for Mae in 2023.
Helen Thomas (BBC Radio 2 Head) says: 4
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be a very special event and who better to host Radio 2’s coverage of the Grand Final than our very own Scott and Rylan. And I’m delighted that for the first time, Radio 2 will be bringing our listeners all the drama and fun from the Semi-Finals, hosted by Paddy O’Connell. With years of Eurovision experience under his belt, Paddy is the perfect guide for fans and also those who may be discovering Eurovision for the first time.
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the Liverpool Arena in Liverpool, England.
Photo credit: BBC