Eurovision contenders hit the 'turquoise carpet'

STORY: Location: Liverpool, England

Eurovision rolls out the turquoise carpet for this year's contenders

Date: May 7, 2023

Musical talent from across Europe is gathering at the birthplace of the Beatles

[Chris Harms, German singer]

"It doesn't feel like a competition. So far, it feels more like a festival, and the most beautiful thing about it, it's a festival of so many different genres. Because actually festivals are mostly limited to a certain kind of genre. It's very good to be here and see this open-mindedness every day."

The theme of the contest is ‘United by Music’

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