Eurovision 2023 host city confirmed by BBC

Graham Norton standing in front of a backdrop of Liverpool ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023

Liverpool will be the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, after beating out Glasgow in the final shortlist.

The northwest English city was announced by Graham Norton as 2023’s Eurovision home to the roar of the Liverpool crowd during the Friday (7 October) episode of BBC One Show.

Seven UK cities made it to the shortlist to host Eurovision 2023 after it was announced that the UK would host in place of Ukraine.

Organisers announced that Liverpool and Glasgow were the final two cities on the list after eliminating Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield in late September.

The BBC stated they were looking for a city with both a suitable venue and enough room to handle the thousands of guests expected to make their way to the contest.

The winner also had to accommodate 10,000 spectators and have easy access to an airport.

Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, thanked all the nominees, saying: “We very much appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the bids received.”

Sam Ryder, secured second place for the UK with his performance of “SPACE MAN” (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli / WireImage )

Despite placing first in the 2022 Eurovision contest, it was decided that Ukraine was unable to host next year due to the ongoing war with Russia, who was banned from participating in this year’s contest.

After internal discussions with the BBC and Ukraine, Eurovision announced in July that the UK would host as runner-up.

The UK’s 2022 entry Sam Ryder wowed Eurovision audiences in Turin, Italy earlier this year, coming second after the UK placed last in 2021.

The BBC has said the 2023 finals will be a celebration of Ukraine, focusing on its culture and history.