The BBC has confirmed the UK city chosen to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023
Liverpool has been chosen as the host city for the Eurovision Song Content 2023.
Announcing the news on The One Show live on BBC One tonight, Graham Norton revealed next year’s contest would be heading to Merseyside on May 13, 2023.
“I’m so glad there is a podium to hold onto, I’m shaking like a leaf,” Graham said ahead of the reveal. “I’m off the scale of excitement.”
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the news:
“Liverpool is the ideal place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.
“The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.
“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our Host Broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.”
Previously, the shortlist had been narrowed down to seven UK cities to host next year’s contest, with Glasgow and Liverpool spending the last few weeks competing for the prize.
Speaking of the final two cities, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision, Martin Österdahl said:
“The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) would like to warmly thank all the seven British cities that put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. We very much appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the bids received.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the most complex TV production in the world with very specific logistical requirements to accommodate around 40 delegations and thousands of crew, volunteers, press and fans.
“We’re confident our final two cities are the best placed to meet this challenge and look forward to continuing our discussions to choose the one which will stage the world’s largest music event next May.”
With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, it was confirmed earlier this year that next year’s contest would break with tradition and be held in the United Kingdom instead.
The BBC then confirmed that they had narrowed down the list of 20 cities that registered interest in hosting the 2023 Eurovision to a shortlist of just seven before eventually choosing Liverpool for the honour.
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