Eurovision 2023: which UK cities could host Song Contest

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The UK city chosen to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be selected through a “two-stage process”.

The shortlist of potential host cities for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the UK has been published.

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The news comes as a UK-based think tank and charity called for Ukrainian refugees and their UK host families to be given “priority tickets” to Eurovision 2023.

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But the ongoing war with Russia has rendered plans to host the competition untenable and as such the UK – which finished second – will take over its duties.

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After all, where in the UK could the competition take place?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Where could Eurovision 2023 take place?

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have been shortlisted as potential host cities for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

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Scott Mills joined Zoe Ball on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show to announce the news.

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

The host city is expected to be announced in the fall.

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How is the host city determined?

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

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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.”

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.

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“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.”

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.

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Why is Eurovision taking place in the UK?

The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have previously decided that the event cannot take place in war-torn Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

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Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra triumphed at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy.

Britain got its ninth chance to host Eurovision – more than any other country – after Sam Ryder finished second in the competition.

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Ukraine automatically qualifies for the Grand Final along with the so-called Big Five nations – Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, each receiving a free ticket for their financial contributions to the event.

When is Eurovision 23?

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Eurovision 2023 will take place in May, although the exact dates have not yet been announced.

Eurovision will have three shows: Semi-Final 1 on a Tuesday, Semi-Final 2 on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday.

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