Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool or Glasgow | Eurovision

Liverpool and Glasgow are the two cities that remain in the competition to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023, when it will be held in the UK for the first time in 25 years.

The two cities were selected after Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester were eliminated from the fray to host the music event. The BBC said a final decision would be made “within weeks”.

Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra triumphed at the 2022 competition in Turin, Italy, which would normally make Ukraine the host of 2023, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the event, decided that the next competition would not be safe in Ukraine. could be kept because of the Russian invasion.

Phil Harrold, the chairman of the BBC’s host city selection committee, paid tribute to the seven nominated cities in what he said had been a highly 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 eventual host city,” he said. “We are committed to making the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 an event that reflects both Ukraine’s winning position and one for the whole of the UK to participate in .”

Instead, the United Kingdom, which came second with the song Space Man by Sam Ryder, was asked to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

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

In August, the BBC released a list of 20 UK cities that had submitted an “expression of interest”, with applicants from all four regions showing how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music and communities.

Of the seven cities named in August, six were in England and one in Scotland, with Belfast failing to make the cut for Northern Ireland.

Requirements included “a suitable location and sufficient space to meet the requirements of the Eurovision Song Contest”, necessary commitment to the competition, including a financial contribution, and “alignment with the BBC’s strategic priorities as a public broadcaster”.

A UNESCO City of Music since 2015, Liverpool is synonymous with the Beatles and has a rich musical heritage. In 2008 the city hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards and it is also home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Absolutely happy #Liverpool made the last two for the #Eurovision2023 shortlisted,” Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson tweeted Tuesday. “Nowhere is there such a party as with us. Our city’s people, communities and businesses are ready to put on a show – for Ukraine, the UK and for Europe. Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Imagine.”

Meanwhile, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, expressed her support for Glasgow to host the event in June, with the city’s OVO Hydro arena featured in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, reportedly a favorite UK venue to host the match.

Scottish singer Lulu represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 with Boom Bang-A-Bang. She was the joint winner that year, as she shared the prize with France, the Netherlands and Spain with 18 points each.

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