During “The One Show” tonight on the BBC, the host city for Eurovision 2023 revealed.
Graham Norton was joined by Sam Ryder for the special announcement
We can see the representatives of the 2 cities crossing their fingers:
Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023 in May 2023.
Semi-Final 1 will be held on Tuesday, the 9th of May
Semi-Final 1 will be held on Thursday the 11th of May 2023
The Grand Final will be held on Saturday, the 13th of May 2023
The chosen arena is probably M&S Bank Arena
Liverpool is a city that dances to its own beat – and 50 years after The Beatles exploded onto the world stage, it’s still making all the right noises.
The city has hosted several past major events that have included the MTV European Music Awards in 2008.
The city has a rich musical history that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool stands at the heart of the development of Kings Waterfront, an iconic cultural legacy of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008. The award-winning facilities sit alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre.
The arena suggests a capacity of around 11K seats.
Bid and Selection of Host City – Recap
Liverpool was chosen following a strong city bid process that examined facilities at the venue; the ability to accommodate thousands of visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists, infrastructure; and the cultural offerings of the Host City in reflecting Ukraine’s win in 2022.
At the beginning of the road, 7 cities have been classified as suitable to host Eurovision 2023 in The UK:
On the 27th of September, the BBC announced the final 2 cities to compete on the right to host Eurovision 2023: Glasgow and Liverpool
The main criteria for selecting the host city are:
- Having a suitable venue and sufficient space to deliver the requirements of the Song Contest
- The commitment that can be made by a city or region to hosting the event, including the financial contribution
- The strength of the cultural offer which includes off screen local and regional activity as well as showcasing Ukrainian culture and music
- Alignment with the BBC’s strategic priorities as a public service broadcaster, such as providing value to all audiences and supporting the creative economy in the UK.
The BBC’s Director General, Tim Davie, said:
“Congratulations to Liverpool. 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 said:
“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 center when thousands of fans visit next May.”
“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our Host Broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.”
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