Julia Sanina is Ukrainian rocker and this years Eurovision host

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The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest is underway, with two semi-finals and the grand final airing on BBC this week.

At this year’s show there will be three hosts and UK fans will already know TV judge Alesha Dixon and Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham.

They will be joined by Graham Norton for the Grand Final and Julia Sanina.

But who is Julia Sanina? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the rock star and Eurovision host.

Who is Julia Sanina?

Julia Sanina is a Ukranian singer and the frontwoman of alternative band The Hardkiss.

The band formed in 2011 and were shortlisted for a MTV Europe Music Award (EMA), the following year, for Best Ukrainian Artist.

Over the years they’ve picked up awards at the Ukrainian national music awards YUNA, winning Best video of the year and Discovery of the Year.

Like fellow host Alesha, Julia was a finalist in the Ukrainian version of Dancing With The Stars and was also a judge on Ukraine’s The X Factor.

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Who is Julia Sanina’s husband?

Julia is married to Valeriy “Val” Bebko, who is the lead guitarist of The Hardkiss and a creative producer.

Why is Julia Sanina hosting Eurovision?

When it came to being chosen to co-host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Julia explained she was contacted by the BBC and offered an audition for the role, when speaking to UA:PBC.

“In fact, over the course of several months, various people were cast for the honorary role of co-host. There were several stages of selection both online and in person – for this I even flew to London.

“It was quite a long process, during which I could not tell anyone anything. That was the most difficult. Only my family and closest people knew. And finally I can speak about it!”

Julia also revealed: “I’m so excited to showcase Ukrainian culture and creativity, and to help put on a show to make my country proud.

“I can’t wait to get to Liverpool and meet the fans and the rest of the Eurovision family.”

The Eurovision semi-finals will air on the BBC on May 9 and 11, with the grand final taking place on May 13.

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