Glasgow or Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023 in the UK

Glasgow and Liverpool have been narrowed down as the two potential host cities for Eurovision 2023.

It was confirmed previously that the UK would host next year’s Eurovision.

Ukraine won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in May while the United Kingdom ranked second spot.

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The ongoing conflict in Ukraine saw it ruled out as a location for the 2023 show with the BBC accepting the uropean Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s invitation to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the Ukrainian broadcaster, UA: PBC.

In August seven short-listed host cities were revealed as Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Today (27 September), the BBC narrowed down the host city to either Liverpool or Glasgow.

Phil Harrold, the chair of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee said: “Thanks to all seven cities across the UK who have demonstrated the enthusiasm and passion for Eurovision that exists right across the UK. We were incredibly impressed by the quality and creativity of all the city bids, in what was a highly competitive field.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a very complex event and Liverpool and Glasgow have the strongest overall offer; we will continue our discussions with them to determine the eventual host city.

“We are determined to make the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest one that both reflects the winning position of Ukraine and is also an event that all of the UK can participate in.”

The choice of host city will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The final decision on the host city of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest is a matter for the BBC in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The BBC has staged the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other broadcaster, hosting in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.

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