Eurovision Song Contest 2023 confirms UK host city

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The Eurovision Song Contest has officially announced its UK host city for 2023.

National Eurovision snark king Graham Norton has been through The only show Friday evening (October 7) to officially share the exciting news that Eurovision is coming to Liverpool.

The multi-day event will take place at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, with the semi-finals taking place on May 9 and 11, 2023, followed by the final on May 13, 2023.

It will be the first time the Eurovision Song Contest has been held in the UK since it was hosted by Birmingham in 1998.

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The United Kingdom were selected to replace last year’s winners Ukraine, probably partly because our candidate, Sam Ryder, finished in second place.

In the run-up to Friday’s big announcement, the field had been narrowed to Liverpool and Glasgow as potential host cities for the event.

Graham Norton shared his thoughts on The only show that the UK might have a shot at winning the top prize again, thanks to Sam Ryder restoring our reputation.

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“He really took the curse off of Eurovision,” Graham told host Alex Jones. “He made it cool again, and I think it will be interesting to see people show up, wanting to represent the UK now.”

Although Graham may seem like the most natural choice to host Eurovision, he has already ruled himself out so he can continue his TV commentary.

“I don’t want to give up on comments,” Norton explained on This morning. “If I stop commenting, someone else will and maybe they’ll be better than me, and then I’ll lose this job.

“Well, I could wander around and wave, then run to my hutch and put on my earbuds.”

BBC to broadcast Eurovision Song Contest coverage from Liverpool on Saturday May 13, 2023, with the semi-finals taking place on Tuesday May 9 and Thursday May 11

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