Eurovision 2023: BBC issues FAQ about Host City application process

We don’t often get to see a National Broadcaster publishing FAQ for the Host City bidding process. Actually, we think, that’s a first! BBC has probably been overwhelmed by messages from officials all over UK, and has responded to it with the most British way possible, namely by issuing a Frequently Asked Questions document that briefly summarises the process. You can view the FAQs below:

Eurovision FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Host City application process for Eurovision 2023

How do you apply to be a Host City?

Any local authority interested in becoming a Host City can email

Does it cost to enter a bid?

There is no charge to enter a bid. It is up to Cities whether they incur costs to support their bid.

Who decides who will be the Host City?

The selection of the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

How does the process work?

It is a two-stage process and to be considered, any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.

What are the key requirements?

The final decision on selecting the Host City will be based on a city or region’s capacity and capability in meeting the BBC’s and the EBU’s requirements, as well as availability of resources and general experience in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

For example, last year the EBU’s Host City criteria was based on providing a venue able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that should be within easy reach of an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation.

Will there be different rounds?

There will be two rounds. Once we have received applications, we will shortlist cities based on their ability to meet the requirements and their responses around capability and experience.

Will the government have a say on who hosts it?

We may consult with the UK government but the decision on who will be the Host City will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

When will you announce the Host City?

We expect the process to be completed in Autumn and we will announce the successful Host City then.


Which shall be the Eurovision 2023 Host City? Stay tuned for updates!

Eurovision 2023: Birmingham is officially in the running for the next contest!

One after the other, the British cities interested in hosting the 67th Eurovision Song Contest submit their proposals for the holding of Eurovision 2023. Today it is the turn of Birmingham, which in 1998 hosted the last contest on British soil.

Should the BBC and EBU go ahead with Birmingham’s choice, Eurovision 2023 will be held at the Resorts World Arena rather than the Utilita Arena Birmingham. The West Midlands city has two indoor stadiums that are able to host the Eurovision Song Contest.

Nevertheless, the Birmingham City Council ended up choosing the Resorts World Arena, which is available until the end of June next year. This means Utilita Arena Birmingham will not have the chance to become one of the few arenas to have hosted Eurovision more than once.

Many music events have been hosted at Resorts World Arena, such as the BBC Music Awards in 2015 and most recently the ITV Charity Concert for Ukraine where Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala performed her winning song “1944”. Resorts World Arena has a capacity of 15,685 spectators.

Birmingham’s bid is backed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward. The mayor of the UK’s second largest city wants his city to host both the next Eurovision Song Contest and the 2026 European Athletics Championships in addition to the Commonwealth Games starting tomorrow.

The following cities have confirmed that work has begun on their proposals:

  • Aberdeen
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool

While the following cities have already indicated their intention to submit their own proposals:

  • Belfast
  • Brighton
  • Cardiff
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Sheffield
  • Sunderland
  • Wolverhampton

Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song “Stefania“. It was Ukraine‘s third win in the contest’s history.

Source: Birmingham Mail