After all this year’s contestants finished their performances and phone lines were up for public voting, some former contestants from previous years paid tribute to some of the famous Liverpudlian musical acts, including Lennon, former Spice Girl Mel C, Atomic Kitten, and Gerry. and pacemakers.
Italian singer and former Eurovision contestant Mahmood opened the musical interlude, nicknamed Eurovision All Stars, with Lennon’s performance of “Imagine”. It was followed by Israeli winner Netta, who placed first in the competition in 2018, sang “You Spin Me Around” by 1980s band Dead or Alive. Then came Daði Freyr from Iceland, who accompanied the entire auditorium with the song “Whole Again” by late 1990s pop band Atomic Kitten.
Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs then sang Mel C’s “I Turn To You”, one of her post-Spice Girls solo career singles, followed by singer Sonia from Liverpool and England’s 1993 Eurovision member. The song that saw her place second that year.
The musical homage ended with Netherlands 2019 winner Duncan Laurence performing Gerry and the Pacemakers’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. This year’s Eurovision presenters – rapper Alesha Dixon, West End artist (and “Ted Lasso” star) Hannah Waddingham, Ukrainian rock star Julia Sanina and Eurovision commentator Graham Norton as well as other artists, including the UK’s 2022 Eurovision joined him on stage. Enter Sam Ryder singing with Laurence.
26 players from Europe and beyond competed to take home the Eurovision crown on Saturday night.