The BBC has provided an update on the bidding process for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest and has confirmed that two cities, Glasgow and Liverpool, are still in competition to host 2023.
In August, it was announced that 7 cities (Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield) were shortlisted as candidate host cities.
After a detailed assessment process, these seven cities have been reduced to two. Further discussions will now take place with officials from Glasgow and Liverpool and a final decision will be made in a few weeks.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, thanked the participating cities:
‘The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) would like to thank all 7 British cities for their commitment and enthusiasm to organize the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine next year. We greatly appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all offers received.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the most complex TV production in the world with very specific logistical requirements to accommodate around 40 delegations and thousands of crew, volunteers, press and fans.
We are convinced that our last two cities are best placed to meet this challenge and look forward to continuing our discussions to choose the one that will host the biggest music event in the world in May.”
Phil Harrold, the chairman of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee, added:
“Thank you to all 7 cities in the UK who have shown the enthusiasm and passion for Eurovision that exists all over the UK. We were incredibly impressed with the quality and creativity of all the city’s bids, in a very competitive field. The Eurovision Song Contest is a very complex event and Liverpool and Glasgow have the strongest overall offerings; we will continue our discussions with them to determine the final host city.
We are determined to make the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 an event that reflects both Ukraine’s winning position and an event in which the whole of the UK can participate.”
The final decision on the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be taken by the BBC in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union.
A tale of two cities
Glasgow – Jersey dress!
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow has an epic history and architectural heritage that spans from medieval to modern.
Glasgow was named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music in 2008, thanks to its heritage and today’s vibrant and diverse music scene which hosts nearly 130 music events each week, more than any other Scottish city. And let’s not forget that the city’s OVO Hydro arena appears in the Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
The Eurovision connections don’t stop there either! Glasgow girl Lulu won the 1969 contest with Boom Bang-a-Bang.
Read more about Glasgow.
Liverpool- That’s boss!
Liverpool is a city that dances to its own beat – and 50 years after The Beatles exploded onto the world stage, it’s still making all the right sounds.
Thoughts immediately go to the ‘Fab Four’, but Liverpool’s diverse musical heritage dates back hundreds of years thanks to the city’s development as one of the world’s major ports.
It’s not without reason that Merseyside’s contribution to the world of pop is a UNESCO music city, with notable acts such as: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark, The Mighty WAH!, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dead or Alive, The Lightning Seeds, Space, Mel C, Atomic Kitten and of course second place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993… Sonia!
Read more about Liverpool.
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