Liverpool on seven-city shortlist to host Eurovision Song Contest 2023

The BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have announced that Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have all been accepted as Shortlisted Host Cities for the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in the United Kingdom in May 2023.

The shortlist was revealed on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, with a guest appearance from Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl, declaring the Host City race ‘good to go’!

Joining them was DJ (and Eurovision mega-fan) Scott Mills, who explained that the United Kingdom was hosting the Contest on behalf of Ukraine who won last year thanks to Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania. will be exploring the 7 locations over the coming weeks, and inviting the potential Host Cities to showcase the best of what they have to offer.

  • BBC confirm that 20 cities expressed an interest; 7 were shortlisted
  • Time now given to cities to develop bids for assessment
  • Final Host City decision to be made in Autumn
  • Tickets go on sale some time after Host City is confirmed

The BBC had expressions of interest from 20 cities, across all four nations of the United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. All applicants demonstrated how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music and communities to mark the fact that Ukraine are the winners of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Liverpool has be named on the seven-city shortlist to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 after ‘sailing through’ the first phase of the process.

The 7 cities were shortlisted based on their ability to meet a set of minimum requirements that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity. Given the short period of time available until the event will be staged, the selection process was heavily weighted towards demonstrating past experience in hosting major international events, as well as being able to demonstrate credentials in hosting a celebration of contemporary music.

The Shortlisted Host Cities will now go through to the second and final stage, where they will be asked to develop their bids in more detail. The selection of the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be decided by the BBC in conjunction with the EBU, and the successful city will be announced in the Autumn.


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