Eurovision 2023: Which UK city will host?

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Watch: UK will host Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine

Seven cities across the UK have been shortlisted to hold next year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds are among the cities hoping to stage the continent-wide singing extravaganza.

Eurovision has not been held in the UK since 1998, when Birmingham assumed hosting duties.

Here is everything you need to know about the host city for Eurovision 2023.

Why is Eurovision 2023 being hosted in the UK?

Ukraine's entry Kalush Orchestra triumphed at this year's competition in Turin, Italy, with the UK's Sam Ryder finishing second.

But Eurovision organisers decided the event could not take place in Ukraine due to Russia's war in the country.

Members of the band
Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022. (Photo by Marco Bertorello /AFP via Getty Images)

As a result, the UK was offered the chance to host Eurovision for a record-breaking ninth time.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final alongside the 'Big Five' nations – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Read more: How many times has the UK won Eurovision?

Executive supervisor Martin Osterdahl said he was "exceptionally grateful" to the BBC, which will broadcast the event, for stepping in.

Which UK cities have bid to host Eurovision?

The seven UK cities vying to host Eurovision 2023 are:

  • Birmingham

  • Glasgow

  • Leeds

  • Liverpool

  • Manchester

  • Newcastle

  • Sheffield

A total of 20 cities submitted an "expression of interest" to host before the shortlist was whittled down.

These included London, Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham and Aberdeen.

London previously held the contest in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, while Edinburgh, Brighton, Harrogate and Birmingham have each hosted it once.

Sam Ryder, arrives at Heathrow Airport in London after finishing second in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. Picture date: Sunday May 15, 2022.
The UK's entry Sam Ryder finished second in the song contest. (Photo by PA Media)

Due to the scale of Eurovision, the host city must have a large venue and press centre, suitable accommodation and international transport links.

They must also demonstrate how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music and communities.

The bidding process is being managed by the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Kate Phillips, the BBC's director of unscripted content, said: "It's exciting to see such a breadth of bids going through from across the UK.

"We are committed to delivering a truly unique Song Contest that celebrates wonderful Ukraine and champions British music and creativity in all its diversity."

Dana International, Teilnehmer für Israel,;Sieger beim 43.
Eurovision was last held in the UK in 1998, when Israeli singer Dana International won. (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)

When will the decision be announced?

The winning city is expected to be announced by the autumn.

Organisers have yet to announce any details on how to apply for tickets, which are expected to be allocated by ballot.