The official shortlist of UK cities hoping to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed.
The cities that will potentially host Eurovision 2023 are: Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
The news was shared on Friday morning on Radio 2 by Scott Mills on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show. Twenty cities initially applied to participate.
The cities applying to participate are evaluated on various criteria, including having a venue that can accommodate at least 10,000 people and access to an international airport.
This is a two-stage selection process – now we have a shortlist, the cities will be re-evaluated, looking at things like the availability of resources and experience in organizing large events.
While the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union will ultimately decide on the host city, the government may also be consulted on the decision.
Ukraine won this year’s competition, with Orchestra “Kalush” took the first place with their song Stephania. It has since become an anthem in the country as the battles against Russia continue.
The UK took second place with Sam Ryder’s Space Man.
Last month, The EBU has decided that the event cannot be held in Ukraine next year, as the risk of Russian airstrikes and mass casualties was too high.
The BBC will broadcast the competition on behalf of the Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC.
The UK holds the record for hosting the event, with next year marking the ninth time it has been held here.
It has previously been staged at Brighton Dome, Wembley Arena, Harrogate International Center and most recently in 1998 at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
And four of those times were as away hosts – stepping in to host the event despite not winning the previous year.
Eurovision is the biggest live music event in the world – the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 reached a global audience of more than 180 million across TV and digital platforms.
Ukraine is expected to have a big role in organizing the show and the presenters and entertainment sections are expected to be Ukrainian.
UK charity British Future has offered to give Ukrainian refugees and their host families in the UK priority tickets to attend the event to celebrate the hospitality efforts of those in the UK and across Europe who have offered their homes to people in need.
As winners, Ukraine will gain automatic entry into next year’s final, along with the so-called ‘big five’ nations (UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany) who contribute the most financially to the event.
There will also be questions about the millions in funding and where it will come from, amid concerns over the cost of living crisis, BBC cuts and whether Ukraine will be able to contribute.
How to get tickets or prices has yet to be confirmed – all of that will be decided once the host city is chosen.
The host city is expected to be announced in the fall. The competition is usually held in May, with a date to be announced later.
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