Who will host?
The shortlist of potential host cities for Eurovision 2023 has been revealed.
The Eurovision Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the United Kingdom would host the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
The news came after the EBU’s June announcement which stated that the 2022 winners Ukraine could not host next year’s song contest due to the ongoing war.
The UK’s Sam Ryder came runner-up to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra in the 66th annual contest.
BBC announced their seven-strong list of cities in the UK, which could potentially host the 2023 contest in May.
The list is comprised of: Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
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— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) August 12, 2022
In a statement announcing the shortlist, BBC said: “Seven cities have been shortlisted based on their ability to meet a set of minimum requirements that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.
“Given the short period of time available until the event will be staged, the selection process was heavily weighted towards demonstrating past experience in hosting major international events, as well as being able to demonstrate their credentials in hosting a celebration of contemporary music.
“The Host City selection process is a two-stage process and these seven cities will now go through to the second and final stage, where they will be asked to develop their bids in more detail.
"The selection of the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be decided by the BBC in conjunction with the EBU, and the successful city will be announced in the Autumn,” the statement concluded.
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