The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, UK can be stepping in to host the festivities on the Eurovision 2023 Music Contest subsequent Could, the competition introduced Friday.
Liverpool beat out shut competitor Glasgow, Scotland for internet hosting duties for the 67th version of the favored music contest, wherein numerous nations in Europe and the Mediterranean area ship a singer or group of performers to stage a nationwide music that’s then voted on.
Whereas Eurovision is normally hosted in a metropolis within the prior year’s winning country, this yr’s victor Ukraine can’t host the upcoming present because of the ongoing battle with Russia.
Ukraine received the 2022 Eurovision Music Contest this previous Could, amid a flood of goodwill prolonged towards the nation in mild of the struggle.
Present announcer and host Graham Norton additionally introduced the information on Twitter, writing, “Congratulations Liverpool!!! @Eurovision @bbceurovision See you in Could!!!”
The competition’s site mentioned the “Grand Remaining” of the competitors will happen within the Liverpool Enviornment subsequent to the River Mersey on Saturday Could 13, with semi-finals within the week main as much as that date.
“Liverpool is the perfect place to host the 67th Eurovision Music Contest on behalf of Ukraine,” mentioned Eurovision Music Contest govt supervisor Martin Österdahl in a press release. “Town is synonymous with music and Liverpool Enviornment exceeds all the necessities wanted to stage a worldwide occasion of this scale. We’ve got been very impressed with the eagerness the town has proven in embracing the Contest and their inclusive concepts for putting final yr’s winners, Ukraine, entrance and centre when hundreds of followers go to subsequent Could.”
The final time the UK acted as host nation to Eurovision was 25 years in the past in 1998, when the present befell in Birmingham.