BBC to produce two Eurovision specials set to air in May

With about 80 days to go until Eurovision week kicks off in Liverpool, host broadcaster BBC announced some more plans to build hype around hosting the Contest in the United Kingdom. The working titles for the shows are ‘The Greatest Show on Earth‘ and ‘And The Winner Isn’t‘. Both will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in May, with the exact dates yet to be confirmed. A brief update about the 2023 postcards was also given.

Rachel Ashdown, BBC’s Lead Commissioner for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 had this to say:

“As the excitement builds for this year’s Contest, we are looking forward to getting things started with these special programmes. They will remind fans of all their favourite moments and be the ultimate guide for people who want to find out more about what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about. These new shows are just a taster of much more to come.”

The Greatest Show on Earth

This special programme will celebrate 25 years since the UK last hosted Eurovision, and will give 25 reasons why it’s the greatest show on Earth. We are to expect archival footage and interviews that explore how the Contest has become the world’s biggest live music event. The show will include a backstage look at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool and show off the incredible work happening behind the scenes to make this year’s Contest the biggest party on the planet.

And The Winner Isn’t

This hour-long show will be full of Eurovision trivia, and is dedicated to those Eurovision Song Contest entrants who failed to win the Contest, but went on to success in the music industry anyway.


This year, the 45 second films that precede each performance during the live shows will embody the Eurovision 2023 slogan: United by Music. The BBC promises to use innovative techniques to showcase each entry in ways that link Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

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