Eurovision host city: UK Whittle’s shortlist reduced to two candidates

The host city for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in the UK, is one step closer to the announcement.

Last month the shortlist was presented with Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Cardiff were also in the running to host but pulled out, citing the fact that their biggest venue, Principality Stadium, would have had to cancel a “significant number” of events.

It was announced today that Glasgow and Liverpool will be the two cities bidding to host the competition, which takes place annually in May.

The host city will have a much shorter window to prepare for the two-week extravaganza, which will bring together thousands of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) staff, volunteers, security forces and musical acts from across Europe after difficult decisions were made about it this year where to host it.

According to the rules of the competition, the previous year’s winning country normally hosts the subsequent competition. Earlier this year, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra stormed to victory, meaning next year’s competition should have been held in Ukraine. However, due to the country’s ongoing struggle against the Russian invasion, the EBU said next year’s competition would not be held there. After some discussion, Britain, which took second place in May and was also a close ally of Ukraine, was chosen to host Ukraine.

BBC Studios will produce the two semi-finals and the grand final, all of which will be televised.

“The EBU would like to thank all 7 UK cities who put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine,” said Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, in a statement. “We really appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the offers received.”

“The Eurovision Song Contest is the most complex TV production in the world with very specific logistical requirements to accommodate around 40 delegations and thousands of crew members, volunteers, press and fans. We are confident that our final two cities are best placed to meet this challenge and look forward to continuing our discussions to select which one will host the world’s biggest music event next May.”

Neither Glagau’s OVO Hydro Arena nor Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena are currently holding any events in May featuring bar violinist André Rieu.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/global/eurovision-liverpool-glasgow-host-city-2023-1235384726/ Eurovision host city: UK Whittle’s shortlist reduced to two candidates

Charles Jones

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