The UK’s Eurovision host city will be selected in two phases

The BBC has said the UK city chosen to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be selected in a “two-stage process”, which assesses the city’s “potential and potential”.

The event’s organizers, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), had previously decided that the event could not be held in Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion.

This was despite the victory of the country’s 2022 entry Kalush Orchestra at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy, where the UK’s Sam Ryder finished as runner-up.

In a recently published Q&A, the BBC – which broadcasts the competition in the UK and will make selections with the EBU – has specified that the host city will be selected using a two-stage selection process.

Once all applications are received, there will be a process whereby cities will be selected “based on their responses around their ability and capability to meet the requirements and experience”.

The BBC said: “The final decision on selecting a host city will be based on the ability and capacity of a city or region to meet the requirements of the BBC and the EBU, as well as the resources in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest. Availability and general experience.

“For example, last year the EBU’s host city criteria were based on providing a space capable of accommodating at least 10,000 spectators (plus a press centre), within easy reach of the international airport and with adequate hotel accommodation. Must be together.”

The broadcaster also said it could “consult” with the UK government on the decision, but the host city would ultimately be decided by the BBC and the EBU.

London and Manchester are among the cities that have bid to host the competition.

Announcing London’s bid, Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city was “ready and ready to step in” with a competition that “celebrates the people of Ukraine and showcases the best of Britain”.

Sheffield City Council were also one of the first to announce the bid, saying on Twitter: “We have told Eurovision that we would love to host … check out this venue.”

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Leeds City Council said it made “total sense” for them to host next year as they will be the City of Culture for 2023.

Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Aberdeen, have also announced that they will be ready to host the competition in 2023.

After initially bidding to host the event, Cardiff withdrew its request as Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and the Principality Stadium, issued a joint statement announcing that they were planning to bring the song contest to the capital city of Wales. Exploring feasibility, but will not proceed to the “complexity of event staging”.

Shadow Culture Minister, Welsh Conservative member of the Senate Tom Gifford, criticized the withdrawal, saying it showed a “lack of ambition” from the Labor government and asked whether other Welsh cities were considered.

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

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Finals along with the so-called big five countries – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – who get a free pass because of their financial contributions to the event.

The host city is expected to be announced by autumn.