Eurovision in the UK – where can it be held and how much will it cost?

The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest have announced that next year’s contest in Ukraine cannot be held due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country. Following news from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that it is in talks with the BBC for the UK to “likely host” a 2023 program as this year’s runner-up, here’s what you need to know what could be included in it.

Has the UK hosted before?

If the UK hosts the competition in 2023, it will be for the ninth time in the UK – more than any other country.

The UK has hosted the competition four times in London (1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977) and once in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).

Which city can host the 2023 competition?

The OVO Hydro field in Glasgow is rumored to be the preferred venue for the UK to host the competition, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has thrown the country’s hat in the ring, saying that her government is “in discussions with the BBC”. I am pleased”. It is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 14,300 and currently has a clear schedule in May when the competition is usually held.

London’s O2 Arena is another strong contender for the largest indoor arena in the capital. The 20,000-person capacity venue has hosted some of the biggest stars in the world, including Adele, Queen + Adam Lambert, Billie Eilish, The Rolling Stones and The Brit Awards. The OVO Wembley Arena may also be in contention as the second largest in London with a capacity of 12,500.

Sam Ryder came second
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A return to Brighton may also have been a good tribute when the Brighton Dome hosted the event in 1974, with ABBA winning the competition after the famous Waterloo performance.

Locations in major UK cities such as Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle could also be considered in line with the government’s “leveling” plan. A Downing Street spokesman said that if the competition were to be held in the UK, they would be “committed to ensuring that it reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as the ongoing partnership between our two countries”. Shows. “

How much will it cost to host it?

Hosting Eurovision can be expensive. Azerbaijan spent £48 million on hosting the event in 2012 and Hungary withdrew from participation in the 2010 competition due to the global financial crisis.

It is not clear whether the BBC will have to pay for the competition from its current license fee allocation or will be given further money. The UK already spends more on Eurovision than most participants.

It is part of the so-called Big Five along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, each of whom gets a free pass to the Grand Finals because of their financial contributions.

Can Ukraine host in 2024?

Ukraine’s decision not to host the competition in 2023 could become an issue for the EBU as it is customary for the winning country to host it the following year. If the UK were to host the event next year, it could put the 2023 winners in a difficult position whether they get the opportunity to host in 2024 or not allow Ukraine to give it their turn.

As the invasion of Russia continues, it is uncertain what may happen in Ukraine in the coming years. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had earlier vowed to host the Eurovision Song Contest in the beleaguered city of Mariupol for a day.

Ukraine has hosted the competition twice in its capital, Kyiv, once at the Palace of Sports in 2005 and later in 2017 at the International Exhibition Center.

Will the UK hosting it create a conflict with Spain?

Spain could argue that they were the true runners-up in the 2022 competition, and were therefore first in line to host next year. Britain’s second-place Grand Final was thrown into doubt after it emerged that organizers had replaced the six-nation jury results with aggregate points, noting the “irregular voting pattern”.

The results for Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino were replaced by the EBU. Some of those countries claimed that Spain’s Slomo presented by the channel would go to second place.

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