The charming cameo saw Paul at home holding one of his beloved dogs under his arm as he mopped the floor wearing a red polka-dot apron, before looking up to give viewers a smile. According to the BBC, the Eurovision film was one of the final things the star filmed before his death in March, aged 67.
Despite only being three seconds long, Paul’s posthumous appearance left many viewers at home in tears, with his name trending on UK Twitter as fans paid tribute to the iconic Birkenhead-born star. One person said of the cameo: “A gorgeous little nod to the great and utterly fabulous Paul O’Grady in the opening titles to Eurovision.”
Another viewer admitted: “Not even five mins in and I’m crying. That wee shot of Paul O’Grady in the intro film!”
“Just started bawling seeing Paul O’Grady in the opening of the Eurovision semi final,” a third person tweeted.
And someone else wrote: “Have to admit to having something in my eye at the Paul O’Grady cameo in the Eurovision opening.”
The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be on Saturday, May 13, set to air live from Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on BBC One from 8pm. A total of 26 countries will compete in the final – 10 qualifiers from the first semi final, 10 from the second, the Big Five – UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and ‘host’ country Ukraine.
It’s now been a year since Kalush Orchestra triumphed for Ukraine in Turin with their song Stefania, beating the UK’s Sam Ryder into second place. However, a decision was then taken by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that Ukraine wouldn’t be able to host, with the UK then taking the event on and Liverpool later chosen as host city.
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