As final preparations and rehearsals for the Eurovision song contest rapidly approach in Turin, the EBU announced that Eurovision fans in Canada will be getting their very own version of the contest in 2023.

The announcement comes ahead of the semi-finals for the American Song Contest – an event that has undergone a fair bit of scrutiny over the last few weeks, especially in terms of viewing figures. However, this doesn’t seem to worry contest organizers. Canada also has a significant tie to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, as international Canadian superstar Céline Dion won the contest in 1988 with her song “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”.

Details surrounding the show and process are scarce, but according to the official press release, fans should expect a structure that models the current running American Song Contest. This means that the show will be comprised of a set number of qualifier episodes, semi-finals, and primetime Grand Final to take place someplace next year.

Speaking about the project, showrunner at Insight Productions Lindsay Cox mentioned:

“The phenomenal song-writing and extraordinary musicianship in this country can stand against any in the world which is why Canada is the perfect home for the next iteration of the Eurovision Song Contest. We’re so honoured to partner with the Eurovision team to showcase the immense musical talent from every corner of our nation and for Canadian viewers to become a part of this global phenomenon. Eurovision Canada will combine two forces that have always brought our nation together: fantastic music and a live event spectacle.”

Photo credit: TripSavvy / Maddy Price

Canada is comprised of 10 providences (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan) and 3 northern territories (Northwest territories, Yukon, and Nunavut). It is currently unknown if each providence/territory will send one or multiple artists to the qualifying rounds.

More information has been promised in the following weeks from the EBU and Insight Productions.

What do #YOU think about the announcement of Eurovision Canada? Then let us know on social media @ESCUnited, on our discord, or on our forum page!

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  1. […] Tonight’s episode also came after the announcement earlier today that the Eurovision franchise will be expanding north into Canada for 2023. The Eurovision Canada contest will pit artists from the 10 providences and the 3 territories against each other in a series of qualifying shows, semi-finals, and a grand final similar to the American Song Contest. To learn more about the announcement, click here. […]

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