Scott Mills and Rylan will host next month’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 final, live from Liverpool Arena, for Radio 2.
For the first time, Radio 2 will also broadcast the Eurovision Semi-Finals, which will be presented by Paddy O’Connell. The semi-final shows will also be simulcast on BBC Radio Merseyside.
The big night will be the culmination of a week in Liverpool for Mills and Rylan, as they are also providing TV commentary for the Semi-Finals which, for the first time in the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest history, will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Mills’ afternoon show (Tuesday to Friday, 2-4pm) on Radio 2 will also be coming from Liverpool all week, with Richie Anderson filling in on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as Mills prepares to host the semi-finals on TV on Tuesday and Thursday evenings ahead of the Grand Final on Saturday.
Rylan said: “I’m so excited and absolutely buzzing to be hosting the Eurovision Grand Final on Radio 2, the biggest and best music event in the world, with my partner-in-crime Scott Mills. We can’t wait to bring listeners closer to the action than ever before, with all the fun, excitement and backstage gossip from what promises to be an unforgettable night.”
Mills added: “I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to be presenting the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Radio 2. I’ve had the great pleasure of being involved with Eurovision in various ways over the years, from commentating alongside Graham Norton to singing karaoke with the contestants, but presenting from the Grand Final in Liverpool is the ultimate childhood dream come true.”
BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most listened to radio station, with a weekly audience of 14.29 million (RAJAR Q4, 2022), and won Station Of The Year at the Music Week 2021 awards. The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show is most listened to breakfast show in the UK with an audience of 7.14 million (RAJAR Q4, 2022) and the network’s other presenters include Michael Ball, Zoe Ball, Tony Blackburn, Fearne Cotton, Sara Cox, Gary Davies, Cerys Matthews, Trevor Nelson, Romesh Ranganathan, DJ Spoony, Liza Tarbuck, Jeremy Vine, Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley, Phil Williams, Steve Wright and Owain Wyn Evans.