According to the BBC, an update on the shortlist for the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest is anticipated later today.
The current shortlist of candidates to host Eurovision in 2023 instead of Ukraine includes Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Manchester.
Sally Nugent, the host of BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, said: “This morning, listen very closely to what I’m saying.
We’re going to examine the situation in Manchester before our BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson’s anticipated update.
Nugent, 51, commented after examining Manchester’s strategy for winning the match: “As we indicated previously, later today we are anticipating an update from the BBC.”
“You will know as soon as we know,” she said.
Although the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the yearly event, ruled the show cannot be staged in the nation following Russia’s invasion, the Ukrainian contestant Kalush Orchestra won the competition in 2022 in Turin, Italy.
The chosen city will be named the 67th Eurovision Song Contest’s host after the UK was granted the opportunity to host the competition for the ninth time, more than any other nation after Sam Ryder finished in second place.
Twenty UK locations that had previously expressed an “expression of interest” were reduced to a shortlist after candidates from all four areas provided examples of how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music, and communities.
Six of the seven candidate cities are in England, one is in Scotland, and Belfast was not chosen as the Northern Ireland city.
According to a list of criteria, the cities were each given a score, the BBC reported. Included in the conditions are “a suitable venue and adequate room to deliver the needs of the Song Contest,” “alignment with the BBC’s strategic priorities as a public service broadcaster,” and any other necessary commitment to the competition, including financial support.
Manchester would make a fantastic pick, according to singer and former member of The New Seekers Lyn Paul, who was speaking on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday.
Manchester, we’re made of stern material, and we’ll get there if we can, any way we can, said Paul, 73, who was a member of The New Seekers when they represented the UK at Eurovision in 1972.
Paul reflected on her participation in Eurovision by saying, “Walking on that stage and knowing that my mom and dad were in [the stadium] and my auntie and uncle, it was not frightening, it was not nerve-wracking, it was just a real tremendous delight to think that we were representing our country.”
The Luxemburg team, which entered Vicky Leandros, won for the third time and edged off The New Seekers for first place.
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