Moments after EBU announced that Ukraine will not host Eurovision 2023 and the launch of discussions with BBC to host, several UK politicians and local officials expressed their interest to host the contest.
Apart from Glasgow which at the moment is the favorite to host, let’s take a look at the cities that appear to be interested to host:
The local city council of Manchester tweeted that they can think of the perfect place to host next year’s contest, insinuating of course, Manchester.
We can think of the perfect place to host Eurovision 2023. 😇 https://t.co/ZWDLmTxnwN
— Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) June 17, 2022
The mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson sent her love and solidarity to Ukraine while she expressed the desire of her city to host the contest, honoring Ukraine.
We send our love and solidarity as always to the people of Ukraine. Our city would love to do you proud and give your beautiful country the #Eurovision platform it deserves. #SlavaUkraini 🇺🇦 @DCMS @CultureLPool @lpoolcouncil @LpoolCityRegion https://t.co/WGRg87vGUv
— Joanne Anderson (@MayorLpool) June 17, 2022
London is of course, part of the list. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan, tweeted earlier today that “Londoners would welcome Eurovision with open arms.”
Londoners would welcome Eurovision with open arms.
We’re ready to step up and support Ukraine by hosting a contest that pays tribute to and honours the Ukrainian people, and also celebrates the very best of Britain too. https://t.co/J5ODlcOiuv
— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) June 17, 2022
Even though it might not have as many chances to host as the beforementioned cities, Belfast Green Party members said to BelfastLive:
“The Eurovision song contest is watched by millions of fans around the world and host countries often use the opportunity to promote their countryside, towns and cities beyond the host city limits, so not only would this be a huge opportunity for Belfast, but also for the whole of Northern Ireland to be shown off on the world stage.”
Leeds City Council issue a statement on bid to host Eurovision 2023, stating that they have already come in contact with BBC to discuss hosting plans.
🎶💃🕺 Leeds City Council issue statement on bid to host Eurovision 2023 👉 https://t.co/sO4QFqZohB
— Leeds Council News (@LeedsCC_News) June 17, 2022
Apart from Glasgow, there is another bid coming from Scotland. Six local politicians sent a letter to Tim Davie, CEO of BBC, focusing on the available facilities that could be used to host the contest.
Bring Eurovision to Aberdeen!
— Kirsty Blackman (@KirstySNP) June 17, 2022
Having hosted the contest in 1998, Birmingham is also interested to host. Councillor John O’Shea tweeted: “Birmingham has done it before. It can do it again.”
Birmingham has done it before. It can do it again. https://t.co/3zcMEHidme
— John O’Shea (@politicalhackuk) June 17, 2022
Wales are of course part of this list. Member of the Parliament Kevin Brennan suggests Principality Stadium as the venue for the 2023 contest.
Clearly Eurovision should be held at the Principality Stadium (roof closed) Cardiff with 70,000 partygoers – no brainer
— Kevin Brennan MP (@KevinBrennanMP) June 17, 2022
At this moment, it is not know if there is going to be a bidding process or the hosting city will be announced directly. Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates!