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Liverpool chosen as host city for Eurovision 2023

By | Published on Monday 10 October 2022

Eurovision Song Contest 2023

Liverpool has been selected as the host city for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, beating Glasgow in the final phase of the competition to get the hosting rights. The BBC will broadcast the grand final and two semi-finals from the city in May.

The UK was selected as the 2023 host country earlier this year, after the ongoing war in Ukraine made it impossible to host the contest there, despite the Ukrainian entry winning the 2022 Contest. The UK was in second place back in May, of course.

A total of 20 UK cities expressed an interest in putting on the show, with seven being shortlisted. Last month it was announced that it was down to a choice between Liverpool and Glasgow.

Liverpool has a lot going for it, of course. For one thing, it’s twinned with the Ukrainian city of Odesa. And it has a strong musical heritage. That’s certainly something everyone involved keeps saying. Even if, what that really means is, well, expect to be reminded regularly that the Beatles came from the city.

“Congratulations to Liverpool”, says BBC Director General Tim Davie. “They will be an amazing host for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Liverpool is such an exciting, warm and vibrant city. It’s the undisputed capital of pop music and is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its twinning with the Ukrainian city of Odesa. I know the people of Liverpool will welcome Europe – and the rest of the world – with open arms, and in partnership we will create something truly special”.

Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl adds: “Liverpool is the ideal place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May”.

The whole thing will take place at the Liverpool Arena, as Österdahl noted there, with the grand final set for 13 May.