Two trains carrying 170 so-called Eurovision superfans arrived in Liverpool to be welcomed by drummers, drag queens and dancers.
Members of international fan network OGAE received the rapturous greeting at Liverpool Lime Street ahead of the competition’s first semi-final on Tuesday.
The trains were operated by Avanti West Coast from London and by London Northwestern Railway from Birmingham.
He said: “Having travelled around Europe, it’s amazing to have the competition on our doorstep.
“It’s such an honour for me to look after the superfans today. Such amazing tales, all united by the love of Eurovision.”
OGAE president Simon Bennett said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnered with Avanti West Coast and to give our members a chance to travel to Liverpool in style.
Nicola Ryder, commercial partnerships manager at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re incredibly proud to play our part in getting this group of dedicated fans to and from Eurovision.
“Liverpool always guarantees a friendly welcome and it’s the home of so many great musicians over the years, making it the perfect venue to host this year’s event on behalf of the people of Ukraine.
Many people visiting Liverpool will be affected by train strikes.
There will be major disruption due to action by Aslef on Friday and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on the day of the final on Saturday.