Veteran Eurovision commentator Graham Norton has hailed Glasgow as a “great place” to host the competition after the city was shortlisted to host next year’s event.
Lasgow and Liverpool have been chosen as the final two out of seven potential cities across the UK to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, replacing this year’s winners Ukraine.
The United Kingdom finished second in the competition and took on the role of host after the competition organizers stated that it was not possible to host the event in Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian invasion.
Speaking to STV’s News at Six on Tuesday, the UK-based Irish comedian and broadcaster said: “I think Glasgow would be a great place to do it.
“You have the amazing venues, you have the hotels, the airports, the trains and the banter.
“Any taxi driver in Glasgow will say, ‘Yes! Come on!'”
Sam Ryder, the 2022 UK entrant and runner-up in the competition, was also asked by the presenters of Clyde 1 to support Glasgow’s bid.
He said: “I’m Sam Ryder and I want Eurovision to be in Glasgow!”
And Lawrence Chaney, who won the second series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and hails from Glasgow, also supported the city, saying they had “thumbs and legs crossed”.
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Councilor Susan Aitken, Chairwoman of Glasgow City Council, said: “We are delighted that Glasgow has made it into the bottom two cities in the running to host next year’s Eurovision and celebration of Ukraine.
“Competition has been fierce but Glasgow has an unrivaled track record of successfully hosting major global events.
“Between that experience and expertise; our famous live music scene and one of the best entertainment venues in the world at OVO Hydro – Glasgow has everything it takes to put on a show the whole Eurovision family can be proud of.”
The decision of the competition organizer, the European Broadcasting Union, will be made “within weeks”.
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