Eurovision 2023: these UK cities have been shortlisted to host it

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Seven British cities are competing to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The competition was supposed to be held in Ukraine after they won the 2022 edition.

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However, due to the ongoing war sparked by the Russian invasion earlier this year, the country cannot host Eurovision 2023.

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Britain, who finished second with Sam Ryder, will host the competition next year instead.

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A number of cities have bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest and a shortlist has now been announced.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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What is the shortlist of host cities for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023?

The potential host city for next year’s UK competition will be one of these seven:

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  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • newcastle
  • Sheffield

A total of 20 cities submitted an “Expression of Interest” – but London didn’t make the shortlist.

The announcement was made on BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show this morning, with Scott Mills joining Zoe Ball for the occasion.

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What did the BBC say?

Following the announcement of the Eurovision shortlist, Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted Content at the BBC, said: “We would like to thank all the cities and regions that have applied to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We have seven amazing cities that we’re bringing to the next round.

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“Congratulations to Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield – it’s exciting to see so many applications from across the UK.

“We aim to create a truly unique song contest that celebrates beautiful Ukraine and promotes British music and creativity in all its diversity.”

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File photo dated 26/06/22 of a crowd watching the Kalush Orchestra, Ukraine’s Eurovision winners, perform during the Glastonbury Festival, when a UK-based think tank and charity called for Ukrainian refugees and their British host families to be ‘priority Tickets” for Eurovision 2023.

How is the host city chosen?

The BBC previously announced that the UK city chosen to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be selected in a “two-stage process” based on requirements assessing the city’s “capacity and capability”.

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In a recent Q&A, the BBC – which will broadcast the competition in the UK and will make the selection together with the EBU – has indicated that the host city will be chosen through a two-stage selection process.

Once all applications are received, a process takes place whereby cities are shortlisted “based on their ability to meet the requirements and their responses in terms of skills and experience.”

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On the requirements the host city must meet in order to be considered, the BBC said: “The final decision on host city selection will depend on a city or region’s capacity and ability to meet BBC and EBU requirements of resources and general experience in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

“For example, last year’s EBU criteria for the host city were based on providing a venue that can seat at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that is easily accessible from an international airport and has sufficient hotel accommodation.”

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The broadcaster also said it could “consult” the UK government on the decision but the host city would ultimately be decided by the BBC and the EBU.

Why won’t the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 take place in Ukraine?

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The organizers of the event, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), had previously decided that the event could not take place in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion.

This came despite 2022’s Kalush Orchestra triumphing at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy, where Briton Sam Ryder came in second.

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