In traditional Eurovision Stylee the first round of the selection has been completed… only this time it is for the right to be the host city of the whole shebang at an undecided point in May 2023.
Your two qualifiers are :
Liverpool (probably at the M&S Bank Arena – Capacity 11,000)
Glasgow (at the Ovo Hydro – Max Capacity 14,000)
Five other bids missed out. Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Sheffield – you are good, but just not good enough.
Phil Harrold, the chair of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee, added:
‘Thanks to all 7 cities across the UK who have demonstrated the enthusiasm and passion for Eurovision that exists right across the UK. We were incredibly impressed by the quality and creativity of all the city bids, in what was a highly competitive field. The Eurovision Song Contest is a very complex event and Liverpool and Glasgow have the strongest overall offer; we will continue our discussions with them to determine the eventual host city.
We are determined to make the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest one that both reflects the winning position of Ukraine and is also an event that all of the UK can participate in.’
The final call will be made by the BBC and the EBU ” In due course” – I bet you can’t wait!