The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in Liverpool.
Graham Norton, 59, made the announcement on BBC One’s The One Show on Friday (07.10.22) after the City and Glasgow were named joint finalists to host the competition earlier this month.
BBC Eurovision host Graham said: “The city that will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 is Liverpool.”
He also told viewers “mark this on your calendar” and hailed Britain’s 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder for removing “the Eurovision curse” for Britain.
Even though Ukraine’s entry, the Kalush Orchestra, won Eurovision 2022, held in Turin, Italy, the event producers of the European Broadcasting Union decided that it could not stand safely in the country amid the continuous bombardment of the country by Russia.
The band said in a statement regarding the 2023 announcement: “We are very pleased that next year’s Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Liverpool.
“Although we haven’t had the privilege of visiting it yet, the city’s musical heritage is known around the world.
“Playing in the same place where the Beatles started will be a moment we will never forget!
“While we are sad that next year’s competition cannot take place in our country, we know that the people of Liverpool will be warm hosts and that the organizers will be able to add a real Ukrainian flavor to Eurovision 2023 in this city.”
Liverpool City Area Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Although we came up against fierce competition from Glasgow, who deserve more than the zero points they received on this occasion, nowhere did we is more experienced or qualified, and nowhere does a party quite like We do.
“We want to put on a show that Ukraine would be proud of, and we’ve worked closely with Liverpool’s sister city, Odessa, to make sure this event is as much their event as ours.
“Now the hard work begins. Putting on a show that will give millions of people a night they will never forget in one of the most turbulent and trying years for our continent is no small feat.
“If anything can do that, it’s the Liverpool City area, with a little help from our Ukrainian friends.”
Britain was lucky enough to host the event, to be held in May next year, for the ninth time after its 2022 entrant Sam Ryder, 33, finished second in the competition with his song “Space Man”.