Manchester officially out of the running to host Eurovision Song Contest 2023
Manchester has officially been knocked out of the running to be the host city of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
The BBC has provided an update on the bidding process for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest today, and has now confirmed that two cities, Glasgow and Liverpool, remain in competition to be the 2023 Host City.
Manchester was one of seven potential host cities announced back in August.
But after what the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has called a “detailed assessment process”, these seven cities have been reduced to two, and further discussions will now take place with officials from Glasgow and Liverpool to determine who will get the hosting nod.
A final decision will be made “within weeks”.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, has thanked the competing cities for their cooperation over the past few months.
“The EBU would like to warmly thank all the seven British cities that put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.
“We very much appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the bids received.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the most complex TV production in the world with very specific logistical requirements to accommodate around 40 delegations and thousands of crew, volunteers, press and fans, and we’re confident our final two cities are the best placed to meet this challenge.
“We look forward to continuing our discussions to choose the one which will stage the world’s largest music event next May.”
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Responding to the announcement that Manchester is out of the running, Cllr Bev Craig – Leader of Manchester City Council – said: “We are of course disappointed not to be chosen to host next year’s Eurovision, but we know that the successful city will put on an incredible event on behalf of our friends in Ukraine.
“Good luck to Liverpool and Glasgow.
“We can’t wait to see what the chosen city has in store for the show next year.”
Cllr Pat Karney also added: “Congratulations to both great cities. I am disappointed but am sure one day Manchester will host Eurovision.
“We can bid with our new stadium.”
Featured Image – Corinne Cumming (via EBU)