The OVO Hydro Arena got a starring role in the Netflix hit Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. And now it seems that the fictional movie may well have predicted the future. Bookies at William Hill and Smarkets have the Scottish city down as the big favourite to host Eurovision 2023 if it comes to the U.K.

More than ten cities — from London to Manchester to Wolverhampton — have already expressed their interest in hosting the song contest, following the news that Ukraine won’t have the opportunity to. But bets are flowing to Scotland’s biggest city — via the River Clyde and the West Central Lowlands.

Eurovision 2023 host city odds: Glasgow heavy favourite

 
 
 
 
 
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William Hill currently lists the city as the favourite with odds of 8/13. That puts it well ahead of second favourite London (10/3) and third-favourite Manchester. Birmingham comes in at 7/1. Things start to widen pretty quickly after that with Liverpool (14/1), Cardiff (18/1) and Aberdeen (20/1).

It’s a similar story at Smarkets. Glasgow is the favourite at 1.92, followed by London (5), Birmingham (6), Manchester (7.4) and Liverpool (16.5). Aberdeen, Belfast and Cardiff all come in at 20.

Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena certainly has the infrastructure to host the song contest. In the coming months it will play host to artists including Andrea Bocelli, George Ezra, Swedish House Mafia, Machine Gun Kelly, Billy Idol, Westlife, Florence + The Machine, Justin Bieber and Eurovision winner Celine Dion. 

Given the top-notch artists it attracts, it’s no surprise that as recently as 2019, the venue was the second busiest in the world behind only Madison Square Garden in New York City. With more than one million visitors every year, it regularly features in the Top 10 list of busiest arenas globally, out-performing the likes of Manchester Arena in England and the Sydney Super Dome in Australia. 

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Chris
Chris
3 months ago

As a Scot, I would love it to be held in Scotland one day. If it is Glasgow providing a host location for the Ukrainian broadcaster, I’m all aboard. However, allowing the BBC to host a UK eurovision in Glasgow the same year as a referendum to be held would be politicising the contest. “Welcome to Glasgow, valued city of THIS UNITED KINGDOM.” It’s why I was very uneasy about the UK hosting in Glasgow following a UK win, a red white and blue eurovision in a referendum year (in a city that voted yes in 2014, and likely will… Read more »

lol
lol
3 months ago

host it in Belfast then let queen brooke be the interval act in the final to make up for her robbery haha in all honesty i think Belfast would be a nice host city and would emulate the eurovision bubble feel

vetrina
vetrina
3 months ago

I think it would be between Glasgow and Manchester, though I ‘d prefer London

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago

It certainly would be poetic after the story of fire that it is the hosting place for the next Eurovision! I can’t believe this was predicted by that movie!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago

All these people are wasting their money because clearly the hosting gig is going to Ukraine.

nikki
nikki
3 months ago

jesus……

Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago

I’m still kinda want Manchester to host the show. Aside from BBC production unit being in Salford, thus making logistics a bit easier, it has the largest arena in the UK and it is a rather interesting city.
With that being said, Eurovision being in Glasgow is a fun idea, no problem having it there, but I just wish they’d invite Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams to reprise their roles as Lars and Sigrit as the opening act for SF1 or SF2.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
3 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

I like the idea but there’s one big problem – Molly Sanden dis the singing, not Rachel McAdams…

Meckie
Meckie
3 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Never heard of Playback?

Catriona
Catriona
3 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

Glasgow is far more interesting than Manchester, it has the best infrastructure in the UK for hosting major events like COP26 and the Commonwealth Games. Plus, BBC Scotland’s headquarters are 5 minutes away from the arena.

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago
Reply to  Catriona

BBC Production Unit and MediaCityUK is literally just located within the Manchester Metro Area and the city has much richer musical history compared to Glasgow.
Again, I have no problem with Glasgow hosting but Manchester is still my ideal pick for the host city.

Azuro
Azuro
3 months ago

A country should want to host such a flagship event in a flagship city.
Either it’s capital, or largest city in cases where that’s different (Istanbul not Ankarra etc)
When that’s not available we can then look at second cities like Rotterdam, Milan, Tel Aviv.

Random places like Malmo, Turin, Glasgow, just suggest to me, you don’t really respect the contest as you are happy to put it in a mid tier city rather than an A list one.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

That makes no sense to me. There’s no such thing as an A List city, and if there was, it wouldn’t be based on size.

Boundst
Boundst
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Malmö is not random it is the third largest city in Sweden

Emmo
Emmo
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.

Henno
Henno
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

“Random places like Malmo, Turin, Glasgow, just suggest to me, you don’t really respect the contest as you are happy to put it in a mid tier city rather than an A list one.” – Do you have any idea how utterly, utterly rediculous you sound?

Emilio
Emilio
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Glasgow’s is indeed the largest city in Scotland, its metropolitan area has something like 40% of the population of the nation. Turin has almost 1 million inhabitants, it was the first Capital of Italy and hosted the Olympics in 2006.

I wouldn’t call them mid-tier cities.

Azuro
Azuro
3 months ago

Eurofans are so random lol
Didn’t get the sudden rush of support for Turin last year, don’t understand the rush for Glasgow this year.

Que sera

Charlie
Charlie
3 months ago

Is Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena useable for Eurovision since it’s round inside, which was one of the reasons some arenas in Italy weren’t possible for 2022?

TJCat
TJCat
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlie

Why would that make a difference? They used a convention hall in Kiev and Tel-Aviv and a football stadium in Oslo.
I like the idea of a round arena. if it wasn’t for the stage design the usual arena layouts we’ve seen over the past years are making the contest feel like it’s in the same place every year.
I like the idea of mixing it up. It gives the contest more personality in a way we haven’t seen since the 90’s

Charlie
Charlie
3 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

Because the floor space would limit audience, green room or the stage.

Catriona
Catriona
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlie

The green room would be in a different building. In the Armadillo, right next door.

Charlie
Charlie
3 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

Most likely, but is the floor space still too small for ESC even after that.

Teddy
Teddy
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlie

Erm 2016 – the Ericsson GLOBE??

Charlie
Charlie
3 months ago
Reply to  Teddy

Ericsson Globe (renamed as Avicii Arena in 2021) has an ice rink, it’s not round on the inside, as OVO Hydro has a completly round floor space.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

THERE ARE ODDS FOR HOST CITIES????

flyaway
flyaway
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Just my thoughts exactly. People will bet on anything, lol

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago

As a non-British person, I’d love to see it in London.

I can already imagine the ‘new-years like’ spectacle of fireworks surrounding the O2 Arena and flag colours beamed onto Big Ben or the London Eye.

I understand that Brits want to give the rest of the country some screentime, but I couldn’t care less about that as a non-Brit. London hosting would be an unforgettable experience.

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Also, wiwibloggs wants the contest to be held outside London.

We have heard several wiwibloggs members state this in the past and more recently in Turin. So, expect to see plenty more articles on how Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool or Cardiff would make for the ‘perfect host city’.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

As another non-British person, I’m sick of London. I know what it looks like. We’ve all seen Big Ben a million times already. I’d rather it was somewhere else.

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You know what London ‘looks like’ because it’s Europe’s 3rd largest city…

How can you be ‘sick’ of Europe’s 3rd largest city? We’ve also ‘all seen Big Ben a million times’ because it’s iconic. Are you sick of the Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building too? London is iconic and world renowned for a reason.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

How could you not care less about the rest of the UK?

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’d choose Eurovision held in an iconic city over ‘showcasing smaller cities’ any day.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

It’s like 2020. Amsterdam wasn’t even considered. We still got to see it in the postcards, same as we still got to see Rome in this year’s postcards. I’m sure Big Ben will squeeze his way in somehow.

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Emphasis on ‘Eurovision held in an iconic city’.

Regarding postcards, I’m not too interested. Let’s just hope they incorporate Ukraine into them.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Does the inside of the 02 Arena really look that different from the inside of the Hydro?

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

We both know Eurovision doesn’t solely consist of the inside of an arena.

Catriona
Catriona
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

If you don’t think Glasgow isn’t iconic, you don’t know your history, or your current facts.

Roo
Roo
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Who cares when most will most probably be watching on television in their home town?

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Roo

If that’s the case, why are we even talking about a host city?

Emmo
Emmo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’d prefer if it was outside London too just for the cost of staying there for a few nights.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

It’s only people outside of London who want it outside London!

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Ah, so the majority.

Hannah
Hannah
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

There are many cities in the UK outside of London that are popular for tourism that would make a perfect hosting venue. It really does not need to be in the capital.

Catriona
Catriona
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Thanks for not caring about what we think. But London is a dump. It should be Glasgow. And Glasgow is a great city. You’d enjoy it if you weren’t so miserable.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

Of course the Ovo hydro is beautiful and it would be iconic but I thought it was already busy during all the next spring… so far I still support Liverpool I really like their approach.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Ok lol I’ve not the right to support Liverpool here….

Emmo
Emmo
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

There is only one concert on there in May 2023 on the 27th. I think that’s why people were thinking it would be the venue due to being nearly free for the whole of May. The last concert before May is on April the 25th so it would give the organisers a few weeks to prepare before the week of the show.

Dolly
Dolly
3 months ago

It just doesn’t make sense when Scotland do not want to be part of United Kingdom

EmperorOfPau
EmperorOfPau
3 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Barring them from hosting international events will not make them love the UK more

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

As someone who strongly supports Scottish independence, I agree.

I’m not sure why Nicola Sturgeon is campaigning for Eurovision to be held in Glasgow. If Glasgow hosts, it just shows the Scottish people another benefit of being part of the UK, that won’t help Scottish Independence. However, if the BBC denies Glasgow hosting rights then Nicola can use it as an example to the Scottish public of how the UK disregards Scotland, which would work in her favour for independence.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Scotland do not want to leave the UK. They had a referendum and voted to stay.

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Your points on Scotland hosting would make sense if the UK won hosting rights as a result of their victory, however, since Glasgow would be hosting on behalf of Ukraine, its potential hosting would not be tied to Scotland’s place within the UK, hence why Sturgeon seems happy to offer Glasgow in these circumstances.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

They had a chance for independence in 2014, if they wanted it that much the referendum would have passed. I know there’s been Brexit since then, but still, you can’t speak for Scotland as a whole.

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The circumstances for Scottish Independence were VERY different in 2014 (cough… Brexit… cough) that’s why the SNP is organizing another referendum soon.

It was recently announced by Angus Robertson that October 2023 is the date set for the 2nd independence referendum. It could be even sooner as Nicola Sturgeon has apparently found a legal loophole for a referendum.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

Which means we won’t know what the Scottish people want until then.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Thallo

It’s too early for another referendum and literally in the past when big events happen you don’t go back and reevaluate with hindsight and vote again?

Robbie
Robbie
3 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Enough already – we’re talking about a song contest here, not world politics. Scotland participates in Eurovision as part of the UK, just as equally as England, Wales and Nothern Ireland do and it’s just like all the ex-Yugoslav states did before their independence – they represented Yugoslavia! I can’t believe how every other post on here has a political connotation and please be assured that at the moment, only well under half of the Scottish population are deluded enough to want independence. I’m a proud Scot, but an even prouder Brit and please just let the best host city… Read more »

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

Your opinion is skewed in favour of the UK as you’re a unionist. That’s fine, but please be fair when speaking for the rest of the Scottish people.

Politics is connected to every single thing we do, which obviously includes talks and preparation for a pan-European song contest held outside the host nation due to war. Like come on, the UK hosting sparks enough political conversations, not to mention the fact they’re hosting due to literal war. I hate when people try to ignore the impact of politics in everyday conversations, it’s quite ridiculous.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

They do though? They voted to stay in a referendum.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

Oh yes, Netflix has this really cool crystal ball!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

A TARDIS, actually.