Semi Final interval act an ‘ode’ to Eurovision fans

One of the interval acts in next month’s second Eurovision Semi Final is an “ode and homage” to fans of the contest. 

Be Who You Wanna Be is a celebration of Eurovision being a place for everyone, no matter who they are. 

The performance will be fronted by three as yet unnamed drag queens. 

Speaking exclusively to The Euro Trip, Dan Shipton, Lead Creative Director of this year’s contest, said: “There is actually a performance that’s all about the fans. 

“We want to best represent this amazing community that we’re all a part of. Be Who You Wanna Be is an ode and an homage to the community. 

“The message is so beautiful because ultimately Eurovision is a place where everyone can find a home, no matter who you are and no matter where you’re from.” 

Eurovision fans surround UK representative Mae Muller at the London Eurovision Party | Image – Corinne Cumming / EBU

Shipton, alongside Head of Show Lee Smithurst, were inspired by previous Eurovision interval acts. 

The pair first sat down in September last year and discussed ideas while sharing a bottle of rosé wine. During their initial discussions, Shipton and Smithurst made it clear they wanted to honour Eurovision fans. 

“You think about amazing interval acts that have gone before like Love Love Peace Peace, that’s about the process of how you make a performance,” Shipton added. 

Love Love Peace Peace performed by Måns Zerlmerlöw and Petra Mede

“Our Love Love Peace Peace is about the fans and how we all come together. What better thing to do than front it with three amazing drag queens and celebrate our amazing community?” 

Also performing in the second Semi Final will be Ukraine’s 2014 Eurovision performer, Mariya Yaremchuk. She will lead a performance called Music Unites Generations which will include Ukraine’s 2022 Junior Eurovision entrant, Zlata Dziunka, and rapper OTOY.

Featured image – Corinne Cumming / EBU

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