Liverpool beats Glasgow to be song contest host city
Liverpool has been selected as the Host City for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, following a tight bidding race with the city of Glasgow.
The UK offered to host, on behalf of the Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra, whose country was invaded by Russia.
A city in northwest England will host the contest next year in place of Ukraine, home to Eurovision 2022 winner Kalush Orchestra, due to security concerns.
Liverpool’s winning bid was announced on 7 October by Graham Norton, a TV presenter and comedian who commentates on Eurovision for the BBC. After several cities declared their desire to host the event, Liverpool and Glasgow in Scotland were the last two candidates.
The 67th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 13, 2023, the organizers have confirmed.
Full of campy, high-tempo pop songs and ballads, the competition has become a beloved tradition not only for European countries, but also for countries as far away as Australia, who are sometimes invited to take part.
Notable past winners include Celine Dion, who sang for Switzerland, and Swedish pop group ABBA.
The 2022 competition was held in Turin, Italy, as traditionally the previous year’s tournament winner country serves as the host. Each entry is voted on by both music experts and the public. The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra went home with the most votes for their song “Stefania”, which combined hip-hop with elements of folk music.
However, it was determined by the organizers of the event, as well as by Ukrainian officials, that giving Russia an invasion, an event of this size and subsequent ones could not be safely held there. With Britain’s Sam Ryder coming in second, it was decided that the British city would serve as the host.
The Grand Final will take place on May 13, 2023.