Why my city should host Eurovision Song Contest 2023

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Which UK city will host Eurovision 2023? The editors and journalists of our sister titles have spoken…

Our city websites’ editors and journalists have argued why their hometown should host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Here’s what representatives from some cities had to say.

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Birmingham: “We can put on a great show”

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Fionnuala Bourke, editor of Birmingham World: “Congratulations to Birmingham from BirminghamWorld! Well done on being shortlisted to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

“We’ve just put on the spectacular 2022 Commonwealth Games, so we know we can put on a great show. Come on, let’s win this.”

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Manchester: “A great musical legacy”

Jenny Simpson, editor of Manchester World: “The shortlist is great news for Manchester and of course we always thought we would make the shortlist.

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“We have a great musical heritage, some fantastic venues, excellent infrastructure and we’re very proud of our Ukrainian community here in the city.

“So we’re very confident that we’ll be the winning city.”

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Sheffield: “We can host big events”

Lee Peace, Specialty Editor of The star (Sheffield): “The Steel City is one of the places being considered as a potential venue for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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“It would be a fantastic boost to the city’s economy and would also help publicize Sheffield. And as we’ve seen, Sheffield can host big events – we hosted some of the games at the last European Women’s Championships.”

Glasgow: “A big laugh for us”

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Mahnoor Sohail, Video journalist at Glasgow World: “The Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Glasgow, would be absolutely amazing for us last Glasgowers.

“I think it would be so good for us to host another big event here in Glasgow. We have already hosted COP26 2021, the Commonwealth Games 2014 and it would be good to host the Eurovision Song Contest as well.

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“It’s also in support of Ukraine, so it’s an even bigger deal for us to do it here in the city. And it would be such a good thing and such a big laugh for us. So I’m looking forward to having it here in Glasgow.”

Leeds: “A great city with fantastic people”

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Andy Hutchinson, trade reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Leeds is celebrating and keeping fingers crossed after being included in the final shortlist of cities to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

“Celebrities and leading voices in the city have already shared their excitement at the city being shortlisted – Leeds’ own Spice Girl Mel B said: ‘I’d love to see Leeds host Eurovision, it’s a great city full of great people and fantastic character, the perfect setting for an iconic show like Eurovision.

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“Let’s hope that the organizers will be right with their decision when the decision has been made.”

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