Bucks phase star Cheryl Baker has backed Cardiff to host Eurovision.


ucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker has suggested that Cardiff would be a good place to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Welsh capital is one of many cities in the running after it was confirmed on Monday that the United Kingdom will host the event in 2023 on behalf of Ukraine.

Organizers from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) decided that the event could not be held in the war-torn country after the Russian invasion.

Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Easton Arciva perform at the Commercial Radio Awards (Ian West/PA) / PA Archive

Baker was part of the Bucks phase with Bobby G, Mike Nolan and Jay Easton when they triumphed at Eurovision in 1981, winning with their song Making Your Mind Up.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Baker, 68, said: “It needs to go to a city where there’s an international airport, where they’ve got a big enough venue, where there’s enough hotels, so they Any from will work.

“I think it would be nice if he didn’t go to London, although, for me, I live in Kent, I’m half an hour from London. So for me it would be perfect.

“But it would be nice if it was (a) regional… I love Cardiff, I think it would be nice. As you say, the land of song.

Bucks Fizz relaunched as The Fizz a few years ago after changing their name due to a legal dispute with former member Bobby G, and reformed with original members Aston, Baker, Nolan and new recruit Bobby McVay. Kay, who represented Great Britain at Eurovision in 1983.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final along with the so-called Big Five countries, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who get a free pass to the event due to their financial support.

This will be the ninth time Eurovision has been held in the UK – more than any other country.

The bidding process for the selection of the host city will begin this week, with the BBC and the EBU jointly making the final decision.

Sam Ryder finished second for Great Britain at Eurovision (Ian West/PA) / PA Wire

Asked about the significance of the competition coming to the UK, Baker said: “I think it’s brilliant. I mean, it’s the biggest musical extravaganza in the world and it happens once a year and it’s the U is coming

“And I think that even in reality, we came in second after Ukraine, it kind of makes sense that it comes here rather than anywhere else.

“Obviously, it can’t go to Ukraine, and I think it would be good for us to host it on behalf of Ukraine.

“As long as Ukraine is fully involved, as long as their presenters, we’ve basically given them the shell to do that in my opinion, I think their production teams and their presenters and everything. Must be fully inclusive.

“It’s just like we’re giving them space to use, I think that’s it.”

It comes as several major UK cities, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds, threw their hats into the ring to host Eurovision on Monday.

Clare McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, told Good Morning Britain that the city, which was awarded UNESCO City of Music status in 2016, said: “I think Liverpool is doing what Liverpool does with empathy. The people of and the fact that we can fill everyone. A part of this city with great music, but also do a lot of community work and schools as we do with all our big events. , it will be a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool.”

Asked about the funding and short lead time for the build, he said: “I think the key thing about Liverpool is that we did the events research programme, where we opened the first nightclub, we Opened the first festival during covid, we work very fast.

“And Liverpool has the infrastructure, where we can put on an event in such a short amount of time that this event is also really impressive.

“So we can cover the whole city. So even though the show itself is in the arena, we have these kind of famous places that are famous all over the world… We can just do some really, really beautiful things that I think. No other city can.”

Fellow former Eurovision winner Lulu, 73, called for the contest to be held in her hometown of Glasgow.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, she said: “It has to be Glasgow because that’s where I’m from.

“He’s very politically savvy, he’s the most wonderful host, he’s absolutely crazy about music.

“I think it’s just going to be the most wonderful thing, and I’m going to be there. I just can’t wait.”