BBC names shortlisted cities to host Eurovision

Seven cities will go through the final stage of the bidding process to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield will now draw up detailed offers and the winner will be announced in the fall.

The BBC said it received 20 expressions of interest and stressed the importance for applicants to show how they will reflect Ukrainian culture.

Ukraine won this year’s competition but is unable to host due to the ongoing war. With the UK coming second, the European Broadcasting Union has invited the BBC to organize next year’s contest.

The BBC also said that past experience of hosting major international events will be an important factor in the decision-making process due to the short period of time available to prepare.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson (Lab) said: “A huge amount of work is already underway behind the scenes to make Liverpool’s vision and ambition a reality. There are a number of complexities in putting on a show of this scale, but we have one of the best event teams in the world and one of the best cities in the world to serve as the backdrop for the Eurovision 2023 – let’s do this Liverpool! ”

Leeds is already preparing for a cultural year in 2023 and estimates that before the war in Ukraine, 5,000 Ukrainians lived in the area.

Jonathan Pryor (Lab), Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education, said: “Eurovision offers our local businesses and workers an opportunity to reap the immediate benefits of the delivery and support of this major event.In the longer term, the global reach of the world’s largest song contest will contribute to our aim of placing Leeds and Yorkshire firmly on the international map as an inclusive tourist destination.

“We are keeping the details of our entry tightly under wraps for now as the competition heats up, but I can say Eurovision in Leeds for Ukraine will be exceptional, a celebration of Ukraine, our city and of Eurovision’s incredible ability to bring everyone together.

Darlington BC, with support from Tees Valley CA, was one of the unsuccessful bidders.

Ben Houchen (Con), Mayor of Tees Valley, said he now hopes Newcastle will succeed. He tweeted: “Boooo!! Whatever we’ve put together a strong bid but you can’t win them all. Now we all have to support Newcastle who have put together a great bid for #Eurovision2023. Let’s bring it into the Northeast !!!”

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