Two Scottish cities confirm they will bid to host Eurovision next year

Two of Scotland’s biggest cities have confirmed that they will launch bids to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

t until the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and BBC confirm the annual contest will be held in the UK.

Both Glasgow and Aberdeen City Councils will be competing to host the competition in 2023.


OVO Hydro in Glasgow could host Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 (Archive/PA)

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said the city was a “safe hand” after hosting Cop26 last November.

They said: “Since it was possible for the UK to host on behalf of Ukraine, we have worked hard on our bid.

“We know we meet all the technical requirements and we know the Glaswegians are eager to welcome the world with open arms.

“The time of the competition is very short now and having recently hosted the Cop, we know Glasgow is the safest of the safe pairs.”

While Ukraine won the competition in May, the EBU said the event “unfortunately” could not be held in the country, following the Russian invasion earlier this year.

Aberdeen City Council says it has a “record” in organizing international events.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are disappointed to learn that Eurovision 2023 cannot take place in Ukraine.

“Aberdeen has a long track record of hosting major international events and now that the EBU has confirmed that the BBC will host the 2023 Eurovision song contest, we will be looking at the next steps on the selection process. filter.

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“The Council has instructed officers to continue dialogue with stakeholders and consider the implications for Council hosting this international event and its huge fan base.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge event with a worldwide audience.

“We have the city, the people and the infrastructure to support international events like this and it will give a huge boost to the Aberdeen and Scottish economies, and elevate the city with the potential investors and visitors.”

Edinburgh hosted the competition at Usher Hall in 1972 and is the only Scottish city to do so.

Martin Osterdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said he was “grateful” to the BBC for hosting the competition next year.

“The BBC has taken over hosting duties for other winning countries on the previous four occasions.

“Continuing this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s competition will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters while securing this year’s winner. , Ukraine, was honored and represented throughout the event.” Two Scottish cities confirm they will bid to host Eurovision next year

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