Glasgow in final shortlist to host Eurovision 2023

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It has been announced that Glasgow, which was the only Scottish city to make the Eurovision host shortlist earlier this year, has made it to the final two contenders for hosting Eurovision 2023.

Glasgow will go up against Liverpool in its bid to host Eurovision 2023, with the successful bidder to be decided within weeks.

The UK came second in this year’s contest with Sam Ryder’s ‘Spaceman’.

Brig has previously reported the decision to host Eurovision in the UK was made after it was deemed not to be practical for Ukraine, which won this year’s Eurovision to host the contest, as is precedent.

Commenting on today’s shortlist, the BBC said that both cities were selected because they presented the “strongest overall offer”.

Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, thanked the competing cities:

‘The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) would like to warmly thank all the 7 British cities that put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. We very much appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the bids received.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision song contest
Image Credit: Sarah Bennett / EBU

Senior political figures in both cities have previously commented on the shortlist, promoting their own city.

City of Glasgow Council Leader Susan Aitken previously said that Glasgow “has all the right ingredients to deliver a Eurovision the world will remember”.

Whilst Steve Rotheram who is Mayor of Liverpool City Region has said: “It’s safe to say that Liverpool wouldn’t be Liverpool without music – and music wouldn’t be music without Liverpool.”

Scotland previously hosted the Eurovision song contest in 1972, when Edinburgh was the host city.

Featured Image Credit: Eurovision Song Contest

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