The 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is set to kick off tonight with Semi-final 1. Fifteen songs will take to the stage at the Liverpool Arena in the UK, but only 10 will advance to Saturday’s Grand Final. The event will be hosted by Julia Sanina, Hannah Waddingham, and Alesha Dixon. The running order for tonight’s performances was determined by the British broadcaster and producer BBC based on an allocation draw.

In Semi-final 1, audiences can look forward to seeing an eclectic mix of performers, including Norway’s Queen of Kings – Alessandra, Malta’s The Busker with Dance (Our Own Party), Serbia’s Luke Black with Samo mi se spava, and Latvia’s Sudden Lights with Aijā. The remaining acts include Portugal’s Mimicat with Ai Coração, Ireland’s Wild Youth with We Are One, Croatia’s Let 3 with Mama ŠČ!, Switzerland’s Remo Forrer with Watergun, Israel’s Noa Kirel with Unicorn, Moldova’s Pasha Parfeni with Soarele și Luna, Sweden’s Loreen with Tattoo, Azerbaijan’s TuralTuranX with Tell Me More, Czechia’s Vesna with My Sister’s Crown, Netherlands’ Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper with Burning Daylight, and Finland’s Käärijä with Cha Cha Cha.

According to the odds, Sweden is the favorite to win this year’s contest, while Malta is ranked 32nd out of 27. Semi-final 2 will take place on Thursday to determine the final 10 qualifiers out of 16 songs. With a diverse range of performances and intense competition, the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 promises to be an exciting event. Let the show begin!

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