Eurovision 2023 UK City: Nicola Sturgeon invites Glasgow to host

Although Ukraine won this year’s show, the UK will be the host (Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon has pitched Glasgow’s name in contention to host Eurovision 2023 after it was confirmed it could come to the UK as Ukraine cannot receive.

Scotland’s prime minister has suggested Glasgow as the host city for next year’s event, tweeting: “We wish @Eurovision could be in Ukraine, but understand that under circumstances this is not possible.

‘However, I can think of a perfect spot on the banks of the River Clyde!!@scotgov is pleased to discuss with the BBC, @GlasgowCC @EBU_HQ and others.’

The EBU had previously shared a statement revealing that Ukraine, which won the 2022 event, would not be able to host it due to the volatile situation in the county following Russia’s invasion.

It read: “Following its victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in May, the EBU has been exploring options to host next year’s competition with Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC, which has already hosted the event in 2017 and 2005.

“It has become a well-known tradition for the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest to host the competition the following year, providing certain criteria, including ensuring the viability of holding the event and the safety of all interested parties, including the public.

‘The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world, with thousands of people working and participating in the event and 12 months of preparation time required.

“After an objective analysis, the Reference Group, the governing board of the ESC, concluded with deep regret that, given the current circumstances, the safety and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under of the ESC Rules cannot be completed by UA:PBC.’

The EBU thanked Ukraine’s public broadcaster for its ‘wholehearted operation’ while options were being explored and added that it would now work with the BBC on hosting next year’s programme, paying tribute to the winners, Ukraine.

Downing Street also welcomed the song contest to the UK, with a spokesperson adding: “Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision song contest was well deserved and, as the rightful winner, the government’s firm wish is see next year’s contest hosted there.

‘If the EBU decides that the competition cannot proceed in Ukraine, of course we would like to work closely with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK.

“But we would be committed to ensuring it predominantly reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries.”

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