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Live Blog: Sunday 30 April

Welcome to the Live Blog for Sunday 30 April (Day 1).

The Liverpool 2023 stage : Photo: Nick Robinson / BBC
30 April 2023 at 12:28 CEST

🇲🇹 MALTA takes to the stage…

This is a great fun bit of retro funk/pop, with an epic sax hook 🎷. Staging-wise, The Busker have brought ALL the props, with a four-part set that features a party house (featuring the Destiny cardboard cutout!), a yellow park bench and a lamppost, a red car and a tiny room with a sofa. The band dance between each part of the set, and it's a clever bit of visual storytelling in 3 acts. 

OK, who had Maltese sparkly costume change on their Eurovision bingo card? The chunky sweaters are swapped out for silver sequins for the final chorus. ‘I feel better, in my sweater,’ sings Jean Paul, which is a sentiment every British person can relate to. It may be raining in Liverpool, but if The Busker are asking, we're dancing.

Incidentally, we have quite a few bands this year, and notably few sadballads compared to recent contests – even the heartbreak songs are bops. Which means the crowd is going have to pace itself, because nobody wants to be all danced out before Finland wrap things up.