…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Paul O’Grady is one of several famous personalities featured in a short film celebrating the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest and welcoming the world to Liverpool.
The late comedian and TV presenter from Merseyside participated in the project, which was one of his last filmed appearances before his unexpected death on March 28 at the age of 67.
O’Grady’s posthumous appearance in the film, titled “Welcome To Liverpool,” has been approved by his family and friends.
In the short film, O’Grady is seen preparing his home in anticipation of Eurovision’s arrival, vacuuming while holding one of his beloved dogs.
Other famous faces, including TV baker Paul Hollywood, actor Ricky Tomlinson, Strictly Come Dancing star Nikita Kuzmin, and Drag Race UK contestant Sister Sister, are also featured.
The film, which opens the first Eurovision semi-final, tells the story of a young Liverpudlian boy who discovers that his home city will host the 2023 contest.
He travels across the city, informing his family, friends, and neighbors of the competition’s arrival.
The film is a tribute to Liverpool’s hosting of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.
It is part of a marketing campaign designed to encourage visitors to the city and showcase its cultural highlights.
The film will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer tomorrow at 8 pm and will open the 2023 contest.
The short film can be viewed in its entirety online.
Paul O’Grady’s involvement in this film serves as a posthumous tribute to the well-known comedian and TV personality.
His appearance in the project is an opportunity for his family and friends to celebrate his life and legacy, highlighting his pride in his home region of Merseyside.
The inclusion of other famous faces from Liverpool, such as Paul Hollywood and Ricky Tomlinson, reinforces the city’s cultural importance and adds to its appeal as a tourist destination.
The film’s use as part of a marketing campaign for Liverpool’s hosting of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest is a smart way to promote the city and generate interest in the upcoming event.