The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool, England next year. This was announced by actor and TV presenter Graham Norton on behalf of the BBC Friday evening on “BBC One Show”. May 13th is set as the date. Previously, the Scottish city of Glasgow was also shortlisted. In 2023, Great Britain will intervene as the host country of the Economic and Social Council of Ukraine, which won the competition in Turin with the Kalush Orchestra.
It is already the ninth time that the Economic and Social Council has been held in the UK. However, Liverpool is the host city for the first time. Many ESC fans gathered in the coastal city for the evening’s BBC broadcast, and went out in cheers after the decision.
For security reasons, the event cannot be celebrated in Ukraine, which is still contested. Great Britain, as runner-up, offered to host months ago. The British often intervened on behalf of other countries. The BBC expects that 160 million television viewers around the world will watch the main event.
“It’s Ukraine’s party. We’re just inviting them to throw it in our house,” said Sam Ryder, this year’s ESC runner-up after the decision to host Great Britain. “We know how to celebrate here in the UK.” Although postponed, the competition will celebrate Ukrainian culture, history and music.
Home of the Beatles, Liverpool has a long and rich musical history, attracting visitors from all over the world every year. Liverpool have even sent local musicians to race in previous Eurovision Song Contests. Singer Sonia took second place with “Better the Devil You Know” in 1993. The band Jemini, also from Liverpool, competed in 2003 but came only last. According to the BBC, the show will take place in the Port of Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena, which can seat 11,000 spectators.
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