7 British cities selected for Eurovision 2023
Seven cities across the UK have been shortlisted for the selection of host cities for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, to be held next year.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has revealed that the cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have been shortlisted as the host city for next year’s competition.
The cities were named during a broadcast of the radio program “Zoe Ball Breakfast Show”, in which the competition’s executive supervisor, Martin Österdahl, made an appearance.
Most notably, the British capital, London, which had hosted four competitions in the 1960s and 1970s, was not on the shortlist. Brighton, which hosted in 1974 and was the pageant where ABBA and the late Olivia Newton-John performed, was also not in the shortlist. The only previous host city named in the list was Birmingham, which hosted the 1998 edition and recently staged the Commonwealth Games this year. Glasgow and Manchester are among the favorites to host the show.
“The 7 cities were shortlisted based on their ability to meet a set of minimum requirements that demonstrate they have the capacity, capacity and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity,” wrote an explanation on the contest website.
“Given the short period of time available until the organization of the event, the selection process was strongly focused on demonstrating past experience in the organization of major international events, as well as the ability to demonstrate credentials in organizing a celebration of contemporary music.”
According to the competition website, the final decision on the host city for the 2023 edition will be decided by the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) later “in the autumn”.
In addition, it will be judged according to the following criteria: have a suitable venue and sufficient space to meet the requirements of the Eurovision Song Contest; the commitment that can be made by a city or region to host the event, including the financial contribution; the strength of the cultural offer which includes local and regional off-screen activities as well as the promotion of Ukrainian culture and music; and alignment with the BBC’s strategic priorities as a public service broadcaster, such as delivering value to all audiences and supporting the creative economy in the UK.
Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the UK, which finished in 2nd place in this year’s contest in Italy. This, after the EBU said this year’s winners Ukraine could not host next year’s show due to the situation surrounding the Russian invasion there. This will be the ninth time the UK has hosted the annual song contest.