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Monday 8 May 2023

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 by the numbers

The Eurovision Song Contest, the world's largest music competition, is set to kick off in Liverpool on May 9, 2023. The upcoming contest promises to be the most spectacular one yet, with the BBC proud to bring it to audiences worldwide. The highly anticipated Turquoise Carpet Opening Ceremony took place at St George's Hall, welcoming all 37 delegates to the city. The event was hosted by Sam Quek and Timur Miroshnychenko, with over 400 media and thousands of fans in attendance.

The staging for the nine live shows at Liverpool Arena is monumental, with 600 rigging points, 140 tons of steel ground support structure, and 1KM of additional steel truss work added to the arena. The lighting at the contest will be breath-taking, with 165,000 channels of lighting control, 23,700 individual light sources, and 2500 automated state-of-the-art colour-changing robotic lights. Sound is also a crucial component, with 150 microphones and over 1,200 individual audio streams. The power for the event requires 1 megawatt of UPS power, 60 miles of cabling around the arena, 150 distribution boards, and 5,000 man-hours.

The broadcast of the contest will be watched by over 160 million viewers worldwide, with over 8 hours of live TV and 50 live feeds. The hair and makeup teams are hard at work to make sure every performer looks their best, while the costume departments have manufactured 482 costumes over the three shows, using 20,000 meters of thread. The event showcases the international nature of the contest, with manufacturing done in the UK and Ukraine.

BBC Director of Unscripted, Kate Phillips, said: "This is one of the biggest events the BBC has ever produced. Coming straight after such a significant and spectacular moment in history, we aim to produce an unforgettable and utterly joyful Eurovision, on behalf of Ukraine. Our brilliant team in Liverpool are making sure that all three live shows are simply must-see TV, for audiences across the UK, Europe, and beyond." 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 begins on May 9, with the first Semi-Final at 8 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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