Match of the Day will be shunted from its primetime Saturday night spot by Eurovision finals – and has a new start time
- Music contest runs throughout the evening on BBC One from 8pm to midnight
- Football fans will have to switch to BBC Two at 10pm to catch day’s highlights
Match of the Day will be shunted from its primetime Saturday night spot by the Eurovision finals this weekend.
The popular international music contest will run throughout the evening on BBC One, starting at 8pm and not finishing until midnight – taking over MOTD’s usual slot of 10.20pm or 10.30pm.
Football fans will instead have to switch to BBC Two at the earlier time of 10pm to catch the day’s Premier League highlights.
Gary Lineker is line to host coverage of games including Champions League-chasing Newcastle’s trip to struggling Leeds, Aston Villa’s clash with Tottenham and Nottingham Forest’s visit to Chelsea.
Crystal Palace host Bournemouth, Manchester United entertain Wolves and Fulham travel to bottom of the table Southampton in Saturday’s three other matches from the top flight.
Gary Lineker is line to host coverage of games including Champions League-chasing Newcastle’s trip to struggling Leeds, Aston Villa’s clash with Tottenham and Nottingham Forest’s visit to Chelsea
Singer-songwriter Mae Muller will be representing the UK with I Wrote a Song in Saturday’s Eurovision final
Meanwhile, Graham Norton will return to hosting duties for the 67th iteration of Eurovision, this time broadcast from Liverpool on behalf of last year’s winners, Ukraine.
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The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international music competition that brings together countries from across Europe and beyond.
Each participating country selects a song to represent them in the contest, and the songs are performed live in front of a large audience and a panel of judges.
The contest has been running since 1956 and has become known for its flamboyant performances, elaborate costumes, and catchy pop tunes.
The competition has launched the careers of many famous musicians, including ABBA, Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias.
Pop singer Alesha Dixon, musical theatre star Hannah Waddingham and Julia Sanina, front woman of Ukrainian rock band The Hardkiss will also help present the grand final.
Singer-songwriter Mae Muller will be representing the UK with I Wrote a Song and will look to go one better than Sam Ryder – who will also perform on Saturday – after his second place finish last year.
Tens of thousands of music fans are expected to descend on Liverpool this weekend, with Merseyside Police describing it as its ‘largest operation for decades’.
However, some revellers’ plans may have been kyboshed by rail strikes taking place on Friday and Saturday, as the dispute between workers and train operating companies continues.
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