As the UK’s most successful footballing city, Liverpool knows how to score. And now city officials have their fingers crossed that they’ll net a place in the final round of the BBC’s Eurovision 2023 host city bidding process when the shortlist drops on Friday.
Liverpool city council has now confirmed that its host city bid has been submitted to the BBC. Harry Doyle — Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy — said:
“We are excited to have submitted a bid for Liverpool to host Eurovision 2023.”
“Making a major event like this possible in such a short timeframe is complicated and is going to need some careful and creative planning, but we think Liverpool would be the perfect stage to celebrate this unique Eurovision.”
“We look forward to finding out if we have been successful in getting through to the next stage of the process.”
How will the host city be chosen?
Here’s how the BBC summed it up recently.
“It is a two-stage process and to be considered, any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.”
“The final decision on selecting the Host City will be based on a city or region’s capacity and capability in meeting the BBC’s and the EBU’s requirements, as well as availability of resources and general experience in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest.”
“For example, last year the EBU’s Host City criteria was based on providing a venue able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that should be within easy reach of an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation.”
“There will be two rounds. Once we have received applications, we will shortlist cities based on their ability to meet the requirements and their responses around capability and experience.”
Learn more about the various bids, speculation and hype below…