UK to host Eurovision 2023

The UK will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 after an agreement between Ukraine, which won this year’s competition, and broadcasters.

Ukraine is unable to host the contest due to the ongoing war with Russia, breaking a tradition which usually sees the competition held in the previous winner’s country.

Eurovision 2023

Britain, which won second place in 2022, offered to step in after it was decided it would be unviable to host the contest in a country under constant bombardment.

The BBC, which will host the 67th Eurovision, said the search for a host city is now underway.

Several cities had already announced intentions to host the contest before the news was confirmed and it’s likely many more will now throw their hats into the ring.

The bidding process will be jointly managed by the BBC and EBU, with host cities needing a large events space, suitable accommodation and international transport links for the competing countries and their delegations.

Cities which have already announced their bids are:

  • Sheffield
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Brighton
  • Liverpool
  • Cardiff
  • Leeds

The UK has hosted the contest on eight previous occasions, in London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Harrogate and Birmingham.

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