It has been announced that either Glasgow or Liverpool will host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
UK entrant Sam Ryder came second to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra in this year’s competition, earning an impressive total score of 466 points for his song “Space Man”.
It was later confirmed that the BBC would be hosting next year’s event in the UK on behalf of Ukraine due to the ongoing war in the latter country.
Last month, organizers revealed the seven shortlisted cities: Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
It was confirmed today (September 27) that Eurovision 2023 will take place in either Liverpool or Glasgow. The BBC said the other two centers had “the strongest global supply”.
According to the network, the final decision will be made “in a few weeks.”
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) would like to sincerely thank the seven British cities who put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest next to be hosted in Ukraine. name
“We are very grateful for your cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the proposals received.”
The seven shortlisted cities were initially selected to meet certain criteria, such as venue capacity, being within easy reach of an international airport and having sufficient hotel accommodation to accommodate delegates, journalists and spectators.
According to the BBC, the selection process took into account that the cities show their experience in organizing major international events, as well as their ability to celebrate contemporary music.
Österdahl explained: “We are confident that our last two cities are the best to take on this challenge and we look forward to continuing our discussions to choose which one will host the world’s biggest music event in May next.”
Phil Harrold, Chairman of the BBC’s Host Cities Selection Committee, said: “We are very impressed by the quality and creativity of all the city submissions, in a very competitive field.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a very complex event and Liverpool and Glasgow have the strongest global bid – we will continue our discussions with them to decide the host city.”
He continued: “We are determined that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 represents the winning position of Ukraine and is also an event in which the whole of the UK can participate.”
In response to today’s news, Liverpool City Council tweeted: “Liverpool are very proud to be in the bottom two of the BBC/EBU Eurovision shortlist. We will be privileged to put on a show for Ukraine, the UK and Europe. #Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool? Go figure…”.
The United Kingdom has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times previously: London (1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977), Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).