EBU overrules BBC: artists NOT on stage during results sequence

During the envelop ceremony, Eurovision artists will be in the green room as usual. The EBU issued a statement confirming this. BBC’s experiment with having artists up on stage during the results, has been overturned.

It was an almost comical sight during this afternoon’s first dress rehearsal. All fifteen participants on stage during the voting sequence. However, it turned out to be a one-off experiment. EBU issued a statement saying that during the tv-show on Tuesday night, the artists will be in the green room, as per usual.

Read EBU’s full statement about the results sequence:

After trying a new system of presenting the qualifying countries in Dress Rehearsal 1 of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The production team decided to revert back to the previous reveal sequence used in recent years with artists learning whether they will progress to the Grand Final together with their delegations in the Green Room. There are other innovations in the show for viewers to look forward to.

Press center reacts negative to change

Eurovision journalists who watched this afternoon’s show, reacted surprised. Many thought BBC’s attempt to make Eurovision look more like X-factor, was unfortunate.

ESCDaily’s chief editor Steef van Gorkum is relieved with EBU’s decision. “I did not like it. Eurovision is not a talent show. These are top notch professional artists, and therefore we should not make them jump through hoops. I would imagine that someone like Loreen was unhappily surprised this afternoon.”