The seven cities shortlisted to possibly host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the UK have been revealed.
After it was announced that the UK will play host to the contest following Ukraine's win with Kalush Orchestra in Turin, Italy earlier this year.
The shortlist of possible host cities was revealed by Scott Mills live on BBC Radio 2's Zoe Ball Breakfast Show this morning, with the BBC explaining each of the candidates boast 'the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.'
Where will the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 be held in the UK?
The seven cities shortlisted to host next year are:
This comes after Sam Ryder placed as runner-up for the United Kingdom in this year's contest with his Number 2-peaking single SPACE MAN. The song even became the highest-charting Eurovision entry in the UK since Gina G's Ooh Aah...Just A Little Bit 26 years go.
A statement from the BBC adds that the shortlisting process was 'heavily weighted towards demonstrating past experience in hosting major international events, as well as being able to demonstrate their credentials in hosting a celebration of contemporary music.'
When will the UK city chosen to host the Eurovision Song Contest be announced?
The chosen city will be announced this autumn.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest being hosted in the UK in 2023?
Though Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won this year's contest with their song Stefania, ongoing conflict in the country means the UK will take on hosting duties as runner-up.
"We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023," said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
"The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event."
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