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Seven UK Cities Make Shortlist To Host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

Friday, 12 August 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

A shortlist of cities that could host 2023's Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed.

After 20 cities submitted their "expressions of interest" to stage next May's event, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have made it through the first round of the bidding process. 

London, Belfast and Darlington are among the cities who applied to host the 67th edition of the competition, but ultimately missed out on making the shortlist. The host city is expected to be announced by the autumn.

The UK was chosen to host the contest after organisers decided it could not be held in the reigning champions' country, Ukraine, due to the ongoing conflict with Russia presenting too many safety and security risks.

Ukrainian entrants Kalush Orchestra performed the 2022 contest's winning song, Stefania, while UK singer Sam Ryder finished second in Turin, Italy.

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