Battle to host Eurovision: Manchester, Sheffield and London make their pitches to stage show
More than a dozen cities have hinted they want to host Eurovision (pictured) next year, following the announcement today that the competition would be returning to the UK for the first time since 1998. So far Manchester, Sheffield and London have confirmed they will be officially bidding to step in after organisers said 2022 winners Ukraine could not hold the event for 'safety and security reasons'.Currently bookies have Glasgow priced as the most likely city to stage the annual show, with council leader Susan Aitken calling it a 'complete no-brainer' for Eurovision to come to the city.
© Provided by Metro The UK is hosting Eurovision 2023 after Ukraine was sadly ruled out (Picture: Getty)
The United Kingdom is officially hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
After winners Ukraine were forced to pull out, the honour of hosting the annual event was passed on to the UK and the BBC, following Sam Ryder’s iconic performance.
The Space Man singer soared to second place in the 2022 competition, behind Ukraine’s folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, who won with their impactful song Stefania.
Fans have been arguing over which UK city would make the best home for Eurovision 2023 since the news broke, but the BBC will announce the decision in due course in two stages.
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The search for a UK host city has begun.Yesterday, it was confirmed after much speculation that next year’s competition will be held in the UK, with Ukraine officially ruled out from being able to host the annual event despite winning the 2022 competition with Kalush Orchestra.
Here’s where could be hosting – and what the bookies say.
Which UK city could host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023? Bookies’ latest odds © Provided by Metro The current favourite is Glasgow (Picture: Getty)
According to Betfair, Glasgow in Scotland is currently leading as the bookies’ favourite at 6/4.
Birmingham, which just hosted the 2022 Commonwealth Games, is a close second, with Belfast, Liverpool and Newcastle appearing in with a shot – and London, Manchester and Cardiff looking less likely.
Here’s the full list of latest odds…
Eurovision 2023 UK host city odds revealed
Leeds, London: 20/1
Cardiff, Bristol, Sheffield: 33/1
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: ‘With the BBC set to name a shortlist for the Eurovision 2023 host cities on Friday, Glasgow is currently the 6/4 favourite to anchor the song contest.
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‘Birmingham is 5/2 to host, with Belfast 11/2 and Liverpool 7/1. Meanwhile, London is 20/1, having been the early favourite to host when it was confirmed that Eurovision was coming to the UK last month.’
A closer look at the UK’s potential Eurovision Song Contest 2023 host cities
Glasgow © Provided by Metro Glasgow in the sunset, with the city’s Hydro on the left (Picture: Flickr/@Ian Dick)
The bookies’ favourite is Glasgow, and with good reason.
Scotland has hosted the competition before, over in the capital city of Edinburgh, and Glasgow will be able to show that it’s just as capable of repeating the feat in 2023.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested that the city, which was named the UK’s top cultural and creative city in 2019, should be the host of the singing competition next year.
She said: ‘We wish Eurovision could be in Ukraine but understand that in circumstances this isn’t possible. However, I can think of a perfect venue on the banks of the River Clyde. The Scottish government is happy to discuss with the BBC’ – indicating that the 14,500-capacity OVO Hydro would be the chosen venue.
Eurovision 2023 - the UK presenters in the running to host
Social media users have weighed into the debateAs runner up Sam Ryder said on an Instagram video addressing fans in Ukraine, "It’s Ukraine’s party, we’re just inviting them to throw it at our house." Twitter users have started to speculate and put forward which UK presenters they hope will host the much-anticipated song contest alongside some Ukrainian presenters.
The city’s subway system – affectionately called the ‘Clockwork Orange’ due to its iconic colouring and tourist-friendly route – will be able to transport spectators around the city at a moment’s notice.
And interestingly enough, Glasgow has recently fictionally hosted the contest – in Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ 2020 Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Will life imitate art? Only time will tell.
Birmingham © Provided by Metro Birmingham in the sunshine… (Picture: Flickr/@Leoboudv)
The first city on our list to have already hosted the competition, Birmingham has already made it very clear that it is capable of hosting the famous event.
It held Eurovision the last time the UK hosted the contest, back in 1998, after Katrina and the Waves’ song Love Shine a Light won the year before.
In 1998, the city’s National Indoor Arena (now named Utilita Arena Birmingham) played host to Europe. It currently holds a capacity of almost 16,000, and was almost completely renovated in 2015 at a cost of £26million.
Another arena in contention would be the Resorts World Arena, which is located inside the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and can hold almost 17,000 people. Although the NEC is a way out of Birmingham, it does have a dedicated railway station and is situated next door to the city’s airport.
Shortlist for UK host cities in the running for Eurovision 2023 is announced
The process to choose the UK host city continues.Ever since it was confirmed that the UK would be hosting the competition next year instead of Ukraine, several spots around the nation have been vying for the chance to do the honour.
Belfast © Provided by Metro A view of Belfast’s glorious city hall (Picture: Flickr/@Jza84)
Currently the bookies’ third favourite, the capital of Northern Ireland boasts a wealth of musical history, including famous faces Van Morrison and Brian Kennedy.
The eyes of the TV world were also fixed on Belfast for almost a decade as HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones set up shop in its famous Titanic Studios, which are less than a mile from where Eurovision 2023 is likely to be hosted should Belfast by chosen as the host city.
The SSE Arena, located at the impressive Odyssey Complex in the city’s Titanic Quarter, boasts a 12,000-capacity all-seater arena. Councillors Anthony Flynn and Seamas De Faoite were quick to urge the city to put a bid forward, citing the city’s impressive accommodation and travel infrastructure for tourists.
Cardiff © Provided by Metro Cardiff could be the one (Picture: Getty)
The Welsh capital is also on the list of favourites to land the honour of hosting Eurovision.
The EBU asks that any host venue holds more than 10,000 people which means that the Motorpoint Arena, which was opened by music legend Dame Shirley Bassey in 1993 and holds around 5,000 people, would not be eligible.
But some of the city’s residents are thinking bigger – much bigger, in fact. The Principality Stadium, which held every FA Cup final between 2001 and 2006, sits on the banks of the River Taff and holds a whopping 74,000 people. The stadium is also equipped with a roof, so if the EBU wants to go big for the show, it can.
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The Eurovision Song Contest has never been held in Wales before, so if Cardiff were to be the chosen city, it would surely be a special occasion.
London © Provided by Metro Could London be a possible host? (Picture: Getty)
The English capital city has already hosted Eurovision four times, second only to record holder Dublin, Ireland, which has hosted a whopping six times.
The last time London hosted Eurovision was back in 1977, when there were only 18 entries into the competition.
That year, it was hosted at the Wembley Conference Centre, which was knocked down in 2006. It could be replaced by Wembley Arena, which sits next door to the former Conference Centre site and holds a capacity of 12,500 people, or the O2 Arena, which can squeeze a huge 20,000 people in.
London is such a huge area that it is able to host several huge live events in different parts of the city every weekend.
Just recently, Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Sir Elton John, and Diana Ross all played in the city on the same Saturday night, despite all four acts being watched by a combined total of over 200,000 people.
Manchester © Provided by Metro Manchester was once a favourite, but is not quite as hotly tipped (Picture: Getty)
Initially an original favourite to be the host city, Manchester has slipped slightly in the bookies’ rankings since the news of a UK-held contest first broke.
Still, Manchester has impressive travel networks (the Metrolink tram system) and trains to surrounding neighbouring towns (such as Stockport, Bolton, and Oldham), plus a wealth of hotels. Fitting people into the city on the night wouldn’t be a problem.
The city also has its AO Arena, which was officially opened in 1995, and has a massive indoor capacity of 21,000. Manchester also has the benefit of being next door to the BBC’s main studio in Salford, which would mean a very short trip across the River Irwell for the producers on the night.
However, problems could arise because Sir Elton John and a Magic Mike show are already scheduled to be taking place in Manchester next May.
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The UK said the 2023 event would be a celebration of Ukrainian culture and creativity. Ukraine won the right to host the glitzy pan-continental music competition when its entry, from the folk-rap ensemble Kalush Orchestra, won this year's contest in May as Britain's Sam Ryder was second. © Provided by Daily Mail Next year's Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in Britain, organizers announced Monday.