Liverpool and Glasgow are two cities still in competition to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC has announced.
hey was chosen after Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester were dropped from the dispute to host the music event on behalf of Ukraine.
Announcing the news, Phil Harrold, chair of the BBC’s host city selection committee, said: “Thanks to all seven cities across the UK who have shown enthusiasm and passion. for Eurovision exists across the UK.
“We are extremely impressed with the quality and creativity of all of the city’s bids in a highly competitive field.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a very complex event and Liverpool and Glasgow have the strongest offers overall; We will continue to discuss with them to determine the final host city.
“We are determined to make the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 both a reflection of Ukraine’s winning standing and also an event in which all the UK can participate.”
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 competition in Turin, Italy, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the annual event, decided the performance could not be held. security in the country after the Russian invasion.
Liverpool or Glasgow will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest after the UK gets its chance to host the event for the ninth time – more than any other country – after Sam Ryder finished second in the competition .
Further discussions will now take place with officials from Glasgow and Liverpool and the host city will be announced “within weeks”, the BBC said, with the final decision a matter for the BBC along with EBU.
In August, a narrow list from 20 UK cities who had initially submitted “expressions of interest” was made available by the BBC, with applicants across all four regions showing how they will reflect Ukrainian culture, music and community.
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Of the seven cities named in August, six were in the UK, one in Scotland, with Belfast failing to make the cuts for Northern Ireland.
The requirements include “a suitable venue and sufficient space to meet the requirements of the Song Contest”, the commitment required for the contest including a financial contribution, and “fitness with priorities” BBC’s strategy as a public service broadcaster”.
Liverpool, which has been a Unesco City of Music since 2015, is synonymous with The Beatles and has a rich musical heritage.
In June, Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson said: “Culture is synonymous with Liverpool and we tick all the boxes to be next year’s host, great locations, enviable experiences, heritage world-renowned musical heritage, the status of the Unesco Music City and of course the warmth of Welcome Scouse can’t be beat. “
In 2008, Liverpool hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards and it is also home to the Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also previously voiced support for Glasgow to host the June competition, with the OVO Hydro arena, featured in the Netflix Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, in the city. was previously rumored to be a favorite venue for the UK competition.
Scottish singer Lulu represented Britain at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Boom Bang-A-Bang. She was the overall winner that year as she shared the prize with France, the Netherlands and Spain with 18 points each.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/liverpool-and-glasgow-remain-in-competition-to-host-eurovision-song-contest-2023-42020605.html Liverpool and Glasgow are still competing to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023