Brighton just 33/1 to host the next Eurovision Song Contest

According to a bookmaker, BRIGHTON has little chance of hosting next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Gaming company Paddy Power gives the city that hosted the 1974 competition odds of just 33/1 for the competition to return.

Glasgow are currently the favorites at 6/4, followed by Birmingham at 3/1 and Belfast at 4/1.

The bookmaker believes only four cities are less likely to host the competition – Hull, Swansea, Manchester and Wrexham.

Last month, Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty vowed to “pull out all the stops” to allow the city to host the prestigious competition.

The competition was supposed to be held in Ukraine after it won this year’s competition.

But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the show, said the country was not a suitable place to hold it due to the ongoing Russian invasion.

Argus' Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra won this year's Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Stefanie"The Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with their song “Stefania”.

The BBC recently outlined the process and production plans for next year’s competition, promising that the show will “celebrate the culture and heritage of Ukraine, along with Eurovision’s proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music”.

Cities participating in a bid go through a two-stage process, with each bidder city meeting a minimum set of standards to demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of the Eurovision scale.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “The final decision on the selection of a host city will depend on a city or region’s capacity and ability to meet BBC and EBU requirements, as well as the availability of resources and overall experience in hosting of a large and complex event like the Eurovision Song Contest.

“For example, last year’s EBU criteria for the host city were based on providing a venue that can accommodate at least 10,000 spectators, as well as a press center that is easily accessible from an international airport and has sufficient hotel accommodation.”

The list of nominated cities will be announced by the BBC on August 12th.

The Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, has been held eight times in the UK, four times in London and one each in Brighton, Birmingham, Harrogate and Edinburgh.

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