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The Eurovision Song Contest will officially be held in the UK in 2023

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 25th July 2022

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC have officially confirmed that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the UK in 2023.

It will be hosted in the UK on behalf of this year’s winning broadcaster, Ukraine’s UA:PBC. 

The announcement that the UK will be the host country comes following the decision that next year’s event cannot be held in Ukraine for safety and security reasons, despite the EBU having already explored a number of options with the winning broadcaster. 

As a result of discussions, the BBC, as runner up in the 2022 Contest, was invited by the EBU to act as Host Broadcaster for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest. 

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“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,” said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.

“The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions, and continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”

The BBC has staged the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other broadcaster – hosting in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982, and Birmingham in 1998. 

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It’s been confirmed that representatives from UA: PBC will work with the BBC to “develop and implement” the Ukrainian elements of next year’s show.

“It’s a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest,” added Tim Davie – Director-General of the BBC.

“Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege.

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“The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity, and the BBC will now begin the process to find a Host City to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.”

The EBU has confirmed that next year’s host city will be chosen in the coming months following a bidding process, which is being launched this week.

The Leader of Manchester City Council, Bev Craig has taken to Twitter following the announcement today to confirm that Manchester will officially be joining the bidding race to host the 2023 contest.

She wrote: “Manchester will be bidding to host Eurovision.

“A world class music city, brilliant venues, experience in hosting major events, and of course one of the UK’s largest Ukrainian populations – we are confident we will make it a Eurovision to remember. More to follow.”

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The dates for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be announced in due course. 

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