Will London Host Eurovision Song Contest in 2023?
Oh my days, it's coming our way...
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An opportunity born out of sad necessity, the BBC will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the UK. But which British city will razzle and dazzle with extra-as Europop? London, we hope.
This year's win went to Ukraine, with folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra knocking the win out of the park with song Stefania.
In normal times, the winning country plays host to the following year's competition, however due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the decision has been made to pass on 2023 hosting duties from the beleaguered nation over to runners up Britain.
The last time the slightly bonkers pop spectacle graced a UK stage was in 1998 in Birmingham.
Eurovision last came to London in 1977 after a group with the slightly squick name Brotherhood of Man won the 1976 competition with boppy little ditty Save Your Kisses For Me.
And now, thanks to Tik Toker Sam Ryder ending the UK's long reign at the bottom, the bid to be the next UK host city starts next week.
Most of the UK's major cities have thrown their hat in the ring - London, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Leeds are among the cities that are now vying to become the next host of the two-week music festival, that may cost millions to put on, but brings in millions to the city's economy as well.
While the UK may play host to next year's Eurovision, it will be a joint co-production of sorts.
In a statement from Eurovision, Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board at the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine said: “The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine.
"I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”
As part of this ambition, a new logo will be created for the event reflecting the situation, and it is expected next year's contest will be a celebration of the true host nation, but on British soil.
The BBC and the UK has staged the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other broadcaster.
In addition to the Birmingham and London date, Eurovision has been held in London in 1960, 1963 and 1968, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974 and Harrogate in 1982.
This will be the fifth time the BBC has taken over hosting responsibilities for other countries.
The host city will be announced in the coming months. Again, let's hope Eurovision Song contest 2023 is on London turf.