This year’s instalment of the contest took place in Liverpool, following the ongoing political conflict taking place in Ukraine. Ukraine won the competition last year, with Ryder coming in second place.
The opening also saw the band joined by musicians and famous figures from afar. It cut to clips featuring Ryder playing guitar on the song from on top of Liverpool’s Liver Building.
Ryder later returned to the stage to perform his latest single ‘Mountain’ and it featured Taylor on drums.
You can watch the moment here:
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Sweden is currently favourite to win with Loreen’s song ‘Tattoo’, which has odds listed as 4/9 on bet365. If she were to win, she would become the first ever woman to win Eurovision twice, following her victory in 2012 with the track ‘Euphoria’. Hot on her heels and listed as the second most likely to take the crown for the 2023 instalment is Finland
Represented by Käärijä with the song ‘Cha Cha Cha’, Finland remains second place in the final odds, coming in at 5/2 according to bet365. Ukraine follows up and remains with an 8/1 chance, while France is at 14/1, Israel and Spain are on par for the fourth spot – all listed as 14/1.
Muller, as per bet365, currently stands in in the top ten, with odds of 40/1 on winning.
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