'It's more of a puzzle than a poem': ovation for opening words at Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool

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Actor Ricky Tomlinson helped get the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool off to an emotional start with his rendition of a poem by Frank Cottrell-Boyce packed with Liverpool and Beatle references on Sunday night.

Tomlinson received rapturous applause when he delivered the final lines: “Love is all you need.”

Afterwards Frank Cottrell-Boyce, a screenwriter, novelist, and occasional actor, who also wrote the script for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, said on Twitter: “It's more of a puzzle than a poem.  All the words are from Liverpool songs.  See how many you can spot …”

You can read the lyrics here




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