Eurovision Song Contest 2023: seven British cities named as potential hosts | Eurovision

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have been named potential hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 when it is held in the UK for the first time in 25 years.

The seven candidate cities were announced by Scott Mills live on Zoë Ball’s Radio 2 breakfast show.

This year’s Eurovision was won in Turin by the Kalush Orchestra, representing Ukraine. This would normally mean that Ukraine would host 2023, which its government wanted, but in June the European Broadcasting Union announced that next year’s contest could not be held there due to the war.

Instead, the UK, which came second with Sam Ryder’s song space manwas invited to host the 67th Eurovision.

Twenty venues have bid to host the world’s largest and most complex music competition, watched this year by a global audience of 161 million.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, tweeted: “It must be Glasgow!”

His sentiment was echoed by bookmakers, with William Hill makes City a 4/5 favorite odds.

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said she was delighted. “Organizing such a unique event at such short notice is a challenge, but Glasgow has an unrivaled track record of successfully hosting major global events and we are confident we can present a Eurovision that reflects a true celebration. of Ukrainian culture.

Birmingham, which was the the UK’s last host city in 1998, when Dana International won, is the second favorite. Ian Ward, the leader of Birmingham City Council, expressed his delight. “It is a sanctuary city, a city that has welcomed people from all over the world and has called it home. We would be delighted to have the honor of hosting, on behalf of Ukraine, the Eurovision Song Contest of the song next year.

One of the underdogs, if bookmakers’ odds are to be believed, is Sheffield who promised to “throw the kitchen sink” to victory.

Ben Miskell, a Sheffield councilor helping lead his city’s bid, said: “Euphoria resonates in South Yorkshire. We are proud to raise the flag in solidarity with Ukraine and hope the EBU shines a light on Sheffield and makes our region their number 1.”

Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the City of Liverpool, said there was “nowhere more qualified, more experienced or more suitable” to host Eurovision than Liverpool.

“Liverpool wouldn’t be Liverpool without music – and music wouldn’t be music without Liverpool,” he said.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, tweeted: “Leeds & Leeds & Leeds & Leeds… we are ready.” She said: “It’s an amazing city, brimming with creativity and one that would shine if lucky enough to host this event.”

In Newcastle, the Councilman Alexander Hay said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the news. “I look forward to continuing to work with partners, hotels and organizations across the city to bring this bid together.”

Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said his town was delighted. “Manchester are set to throw the UK’s biggest party in the city’s AO arena, taking our place in Eurovision’s unique history.”

Former hosts London, Brighton and Edinburgh were absent from the shortlist. Others that have failed include Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Darlington, believed to be the only city to throw its hat in the ring.

The BBC said a final decision on the venue would be made in the fall.

He had put out tenders that met the criteria, including having a venue that could accommodate at least 10,000 people, being near an international airport and having enough hotels.

Cardiff had been a contender but pulled out as it would have meant canceling “a significant number” of other events next spring.

This is likely to be a problem for the city that will win the tournament due to the need to use the site for weeks of rehearsals before the semi-finals and the final.

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