Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds are among the seven cities shortlisted to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on behalf of Ukraine.
hey will fight alongside Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield in the next stage of the bidding process to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.
The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine won this year’s competition in Turin, Italy, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the annual event, has decided the event cannot be held. in the war-torn country following the Russian invasion.
The UK had the chance to host Eurovision for the ninth time, more than any other country, after Sam Ryder finished second in the competition.
London was one of 20 cities that submitted “expressions of interest” to host, with applicants demonstrating how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music and community.
The shortlist of host cities was announced on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.
The BBC, which broadcasts the competition in the UK, and the EBU made a shortlist selection based on the “capacity, capabilities and experience of cities to host an event of such scale and complexity”. this”.
Kate Phillips, BBC’s director of no-minute content, said: “We would like to thank all the cities and regions that have submitted bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We have seven great cities that we’re going through to make it to the next round. “
“Congratulations to Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield – it is exciting to see such a large amount of bids taking place from across the UK.
“We are committed to delivering a truly unique Song Contest that celebrates the great Ukraine and the champions of British music and creativity in all its diversity.”
Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Eurovision final along with the so-called five major countries – Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – each of which is free for their financial contributions to the cause. this case.
On Friday, UK-based consultancy and charity Future Britain called on Ukrainian refugees and their UK host families to be given “priority tickets” to Eurovision 2023.
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The host city is expected to be announced in the fall.
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