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Eurovision 2023 will be held in the United Kingdom

The host country of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be the United Kingdom. The city and dates have not been revealed

Portugal - Israel - Netherlands - Italy... United Kingdom!

The British broadcaster BBC, the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC and the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) have just agreed that the 67th edition of our beloved contest will be held in the United Kingdom.

The announcement comes after EBU opted out Ukraine as host country for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 for safety and security reasons. As a result of discussions, the BBC, as runner up in the 2022 Contest, was invited by the EBU to host Eurovision 2023.

The British host city has not been revealed yet, but will be chosen in the coming months following a bidding process to be launched this week.

FAQ: HOST CITY BIDDING

The British broadcaster, BBC, has published an FAQ about the host city bidding

How do you apply to be a Host City?

– Any local authority interested in becoming a Host City can email esc.hostcity@bbc.co.uk

Does it cost to enter a bid?

– There is no charge to enter a bid. It is up to Cities whether they incur costs to support their bid.

Who decides who will be the Host City?

– The selection of the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

How does the process work?

– It is a two-stage process and to be considered, any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.

What are the key requirements?

– The final decision on selecting the Host City will be based on a city or region’s capacity and capability in meeting the BBC’s and the EBU’s requirements, as well as availability of resources and general experience in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

– For example, last year the EBU’s Host City criteria was based on providing a venue able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that should be within easy reach of an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation.

Will there be different rounds?

– There will be two rounds. Once we have received applications, we will shortlist cities based on their ability to meet the requirements and their responses around capability and experience.

Will the government have a say on who hosts it?

– We may consult with the UK government but the decision on who will be the Host City will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

When will you announce the Host City?

– We expect the process to be complete in Autumn and we will announce the successful Host City then.

The contest will take place in May 2023. The exact dates will be announced in due course.

Ninth time the UK hosts

It will be the ninth time the contest is held in the United Kingdom. The Brits have already hosted Eurovision eight times, mainly in the 60's and 70's:

  • 1960: London (Royal Festival Hall)
  • 1963: London (BBC Television Centre)
  • 1968: London (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 1972: Edinburgh (Usher Hall)
  • 1974: Brighton (The Dome)
  • 1977: London (Wembley Conference Centre)
  • 1982: Harrogate (Harrogate Conference Centre)
  • 1998: Birmingham (National Indoor Arena)

....and now again:

Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC says:

– It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege.

– The BBC will now begin the process to find a Host City to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.

Ukraine: We are grateful to BBC

The winning country of Eurovision 2022, Ukraine, will be celebrated and represented throughout the events of Eurovision 2023.

Ukraine will be automatically qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023 as the winner of Eurovision 2022.

Representatives from the Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop and implement the Ukrainian elements of next year’s shows.

Mykola Chernotytskyi from UA:PBC says:

– The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. 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.

Tim Davie from the BBC adds:

– The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.

Participants

33 countries have expressed their interest for participation in the contest, which is subject to change:

EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, have until mid-October 2022 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2023.

Tickets

Tickets usually go out early the same year or late in the year before the contest. We expect the tickets for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to go on sale late 2022.

The start of ticket sales depends on several factors: Firstly, the host city and arena must be chosen. Secondly, selection of the ticket agency. Thirdly, a floor plan of seats/stands in the arena once stage design, green room and camera placement have roughly been decided.

Eurovision tickets the previous years

  • Eurovision 2022: 7 April 2022
  • Eurovision 2021: No public sale
  • Eurovision 2020: 12 December 2019
  • Eurovision 2019: 18 February 2019
  • Eurovision 2018: 30 November 2017
  • Eurovision 2017: 14 February 2017
  • Eurovision 2016: 26 November 2015
  • Eurovision 2015: 15 December 2014
  • Eurovision 2014: 29 November 2013
  • Eurovision 2013: 26 November 2012

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