Britain’s Got Talent Judge Alesha Dixon paid tribute Eurovision in a live TV rap on the first semi-final night of the competition.
In a nod to the times of Mis-Teeq, Dixon – who along with Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina leads the semi-finals of the 67th Ted Lasso‘s Hannah Waddingham – rapped about the contest.
While rapping, Dixon gave fans in the Liverpool arena a brief history of Eurovision and nodded last year’s winners of the Kalush Orchestra.
The competition, which takes place this week in Liverpool as the UK’s host on behalf of Ukraine, kicked off with an emotional short film featuring posthumous appearance by comedian Paul O’Grady.
Alesha’s brief performance seemed to be a hit both at the stadium and with fans at home, with many expressing their enjoyment of her freestyle rap on social media.
“Honestly, the first semi-final has been going on for 30 minutes now and is already iconic and so wonderfully done. Hannah Waddingham speaking French: sexy. Alesha Dixon raps: cult. Paul O’Grady in the intro: sobbing,” one fan said. Twitter.
“Whatever They’re Paying Alesha Dixon, It’s Not Enough” he wrote one viewer and the other tweeted: “Alesha Dixon’s rapping is the pinnacle of Eurovision madness.”
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While 15 countries took part in today’s Semi-Final, only 10 countries made it to the Grand Final scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Prior to that, the next semi-final will take place on Thursday, May 11.
Croatia, Moldova, Switzerland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Norway, Israel, Portugal, Sweden and Serbia advanced to Saturday’s performance.
TV legend Graham Norton will join hosts Alesha, Julia and Hannah for the Grand Finale, alternating between bake alum Mel Giedroyc as commentator.