This is the moment Graham Norton suffered a toe-curling blunder as he prematurely reveals which UK city has won its bid to host Eurovision in front of hundreds of thousands of shocked BBC viewers.
Norton, who hosts the BBC’s coverage, attempted to build the suspense during a special edition of The One Show this evening, with viewers waiting to see whether Liverpool or Glasgow would host the event.
‘They’ve told me to build the drama, I just want to rip it open!’ said Norton ahead of the reveal.
He proceeded to open his silver envelope before pulling out a card – but on the back of the card were the words ‘Eurovision Song Contest, United Kingdom, Liverpool 2023’.
Graham Norton suffered a toe-curling blunder as he accidentally revealed prematurely which UK city had won its bid to host Eurovision
He proceeded to open his silver envelope before pulling out a card – but on the back of the card were the words ‘Eurovision Song Contest, United Kingdom, Liverpool 2023’
Unaware of the gaffe, the chat show host attempted to keep up the suspense a little longer before announcing Liverpool as the host.
Social media users were quick to point out the mistake, with one tweeting: ‘Incredible scenes during the Eurovision announcement as Graham Norton builds some tension before the big reveal… holding a card saying “Liverpool 2023”.’
Another wrote ‘Literally right there in front of us’, while one tweet read: ‘not graham norton taking time in announcing the host city when we could see it on the card’.
The international music show will take place at the Liverpool Arena, culminating in the grand final on Saturday May 13.
Eurovision is being held in the UK after this year’s winner, Ukraine, was deemed unable to host because of the Russian invasion.
Liverpool is getting ready for months of work to produce the ‘best party ever’ when it hosts Eurovision next year.
The city has been preparing its bid since June and those behind the plans say ‘hundreds and hundreds of hours’ have been spent devising plan which pays homage to this year’s winner Ukraine, which is unable to host due to the Russian invasion.
As well as the contest itself, a full cultural programme will be put on to welcome Eurovision to Merseyside.
Street art, fashion and community education are all set to be involved in the celebrations.
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: ‘This is a massive event and the eyes of the world will be on us in May, especially those of our friends in Ukraine.
‘Now begins months of work to put on the best party ever.
‘Ukraine, you have my promise we will do you proud.’
The city is already famous for music as the birthplace of The Beatles.
Its relationship with sister city Odesa, in the Ukraine, is also said to have played a key part in the decision to choose it as host.
The city council said its Eurovision plans will celebrate the Ukrainian people and community.
There are also plans to celebrate Merseyside native Sonia, who came second in Eurovision in 1993 when she sang Better The Devil You Know.
Cut-outs of the singer will reportedly be placed around the city in a trail for fans to find.
The contest will be located on the city’s waterfront, the site of the M&S Bank Arena and ACC Liverpool conference centre, which hosted the Labour party conference last month.
After the announcement, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: ‘While we came up against stiff competition from Glasgow, who deserve more than the nil points they have received on this occasion, nowhere is more experienced or qualified, and nowhere throws a party quite like we do.
‘We want to put on a show that Ukraine would be proud of, and we have been working closely with Liverpool’s sister city of Odesa to ensure that this is their event as much as our own.
‘Now the hard work begins. Putting on a show that will give millions a night they will never forget in one of the most turbulent and trying years for our continent is no mean feat.
‘If anywhere is capable of it, it is the Liverpool City Region, with a little help from our friends in Ukraine.’
Host city: Liverpool is famous for its music heritage, with the town known as the birthplace of The Beatles (The Beatles statue pictured in the city)
Sights: The Liver Building in Liverpool is pictured as BBC’s The One Show has announced that Liverpool will be the host of 2023 Eurovision Song Contest
Attention: Thousands of people will descend on Liverpool to attend the contest with millions more watching on television and online after 161million tuned in this year (Liverpool marina pictured)
Director-general of the competition’s UK broadcaster, the BBC, Tim Davie, said of Liverpool’s win: ‘Congratulations to Liverpool.
‘We’ve had some incredible bids to be host city of the Eurovision Song Contest and I’m thrilled that Liverpool, the undisputed capital of pop music, and full of its energy and enthusiasm is going to host the event in 2023.
‘Of course, it should be the Ukrainians hosting, but I’m sure we’ll do justice to them, the wonders of Ukrainian culture, and in partnership, we’ll create something that’s truly special.
Well done: Director-general of the competition’s UK broadcaster, the BBC, Tim Davie, said of Liverpool’s win: ‘Congratulations to Liverpool. We’ve had some incredible bids’
‘So, many, many congratulations. It’s been a tough competition but you’ve deserved the win and we’re all thrilled.
‘I look forward to the preparations and a very special event in 2023.’
A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: ‘Liverpool’s Eurovision team will now start to put their plans into action, which includes working with Ukrainian street artists and fashion designers, creating a Liverpool/Ukraine community education programme and developing plans to host a special culture trail featuring Eurovision and Scouse legend Sonia.
‘A dedicated website will be developed in the coming weeks as will more details about how people can get involved in the run up to, and during, the event.’