More than twenty cities applied, seven made the BBC’s shortlist, and two advanced to the final showdown. But in the end it’s Liverpool that will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. All shows will unfold inside of the M&S Bank Arena

Graham Norton, the BBC’s long-serving Eurovision commentator, made the announcement on Friday evening during an appearance on The One Show.

Semi-Final 1: 9 May 2023

Semi-Final 2: 11 May 2023

Grand Final: 13 May 2023

For audiences in the UK, and for the first time, the two Semi-Finals on Tuesday May 9 and Thursday May 11 and the Grand Final will all be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Liverpool is Eurovision 2023 host city

The BBC’s Director General, Tim Davie, said: 

“Congratulations to Liverpool. They will be an amazing host for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Liverpool is such an exciting, warm and vibrant city. It’s the undisputed capital of pop music and is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its twinning with the Ukrainian city of Odesa. I know the people of Liverpool will welcome Europe – and the rest of the world – with open arms, and in partnership we will create something truly special.”

Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said:

“Liverpool is the ideal place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.”

“The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.” 

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our Host Broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.”

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director Unscripted Content says: “We are delighted to be working with Liverpool to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, on behalf of Ukraine. Liverpool, and the BBC, will do everything to ensure that this special occasion, fully reflects Ukrainian culture, music and communities. We will absolutely get this right. I’m also thrilled that both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final will be shown to UK audiences live on BBC One.”

Phil Harrold, chair of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee says: “We had incredible bids from across the UK. To win under such tough competition shows just how strong Liverpool’s bid is. I want to thank all the cities that bid to host the Song Contest, on behalf of Ukraine. While there could only be one host, the quality of the bids shows just how much the UK has to offer.

 
 
 
 
 
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About Liverpool

It gave the world The Beatles and now Liverpool is ready to welcome the world for Eurovision 2023.

Its M&S Bank Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and sits on the gorgeous River Mersey — providing a bit of calm for stressed out artists and their delegations. The venue is close to the city’s healthy stock of hotels and a large conference centre, which means all the amenities — from transport to restaurants — are within walking distance. 

The most iconic quartet in British history — John, Paul, George and Ringo — hails from Liverpool, something the city nodded to in its beautiful Eurovision bid video above. The group formed in city in the 1960s, playing gigs at the famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street and various small venues across what was then part of Lancashire. The Liverpool lads went on to score 17 number one singles and 15 number one albums in the UK, plus 20 number one Billboard Hot 100 singles in the USA. 

Of course, the music scene is very varied. As the only UNESCO City of Music in England, Liverpool has been commended for its contributions to the musical arts. The city’s annual Africa Oyé festival is the largest celebration of African music in the country, attracting over 50,000 people to Liverpool’s Sefton Park every June. Elsewhere, the city has helped nourish countless other British music greats, including Cilla Black, Atomic Kitten, The Wombats, Elvis Costello, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Coral, and Melanie C of The Spice Girls. 

Are you excited that Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023? Did you feel like this was going to happen all along? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Henno
Henno
1 month ago

The BBC and Liverpool are gonna smash this out of the park. The three shows will go down in history as being some of the most technically dynamic, stylistic and emotive. 2023 is a really a show to watch, and I am certain that it will get the largest viewing figures in recent Eurovision memory.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Henno

Why so confident? 1998 was good, but not that good.

Henno
Henno
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

What idiot would compare a contest organised 25 years ago to today’s standards? The ESC has become a leviathan commercial machine since then; back in 1998 it was a kitcsh annual amuse bouche in the schedules, especially in the UK…

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Henno

No. It wasn’t. The only thing 1998 did better than other countries back then was the scoreboard, if even that. BBC did a good job, just not necessarily any better than others. All I was wondering is why you’re so confident they can do that this time. Anyway, it was just a question. I’m sorry I asked.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago
Reply to  Henno

LOL…if the British entries of the past decade are any indication, I would not speak so confidently of BBC’s qualifications/standards…

Henno
Henno
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

They’re not an indication, last year is, however… what a moot point you have made.

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago

After this year’s fiasco in Turin, I won’t book anything in advance if I won’t have the ESC ticket first!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  vetrina

Strange. I was able to book a place in both the live semifinals one or two days after the opening of the sale of the tickets in Turin. And up to 4 or 5 days before the semifinals there were places on sale, still.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Gorgeous: sublime, exquisite, stunning, sumptuous, sterling! £xpensive!!! How wonderful, and it looks good on screen.

Sognomio
Sognomio
1 month ago

i could understand the increase of prices to get more money but to cancell two bookings made 4 months ago to your free Will is rubbish and disgusting.This is UK not a third world country

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Sognomio

Exactly the same thing happened to me in Turin last year. It’s called supply and demand. Not at all uniques to the UK.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I booked an hotel 10km outside Turin the 8th of october 2021 for the night of saturday 14th of may 2022 and it wasn’t cancelled. I cancelled it when the war started in Ukraine, scared about the worsening of the war. I called the hotel owner a few days later saying I was the one who cancelled the reservation on Booking and I booked it again on the phone at the same price. So it’s not everything as you say.

Sognomio
Sognomio
1 month ago

I van understand the increase of proceso to get more money but ti cancell two bookings madre 4 months algo to your free Will is rubbish and disgusting.This is UK nota a third world country

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

I really would like to see if anybody will start to criticize the size of this arena (11K) as they criticized the one of the Palasport Olimpico in Turin (15k). There has been a lot of people here and other social networks saying the venue in Italy was small.

TJCat
TJCat
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Interesting point. I really don’t know why some are obsessed with the arena size and capacity. For me it’s always been about atmosphere, Kiev, Malmo and Tel-Aviv had the smallest venues in the last ten years but maintained incredible atmospheres, for me Lisbon was so vast it lost atmosphere

Henno
Henno
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

The BBC is coming forward, stepping in at the expense of millions of EUR/GBP to host, entirely in lieu of a nation that cannot – 4k people less in the arena is the least of the EBU/BBC’s problems…. nobody with a sound mind will criticise the choice of Liverpool. The arena and surrounding facilities, as smaller as it is – is one of the most technically advanced in Europe.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Henno

I don’t doubt any of your good points. I was just pointing out the fact that when RAI has announced Turin was the hosting city and Palasport Olimpico was the venue, there were tens of comments of people saying it was too small. Of course there were also comments saying RAI was late in the annoucement, as it was the 8th of october. The one of BBC was the 6th of october but nobody was commenting on the “incredible delay of BBC in announcing the venue”. Just double standard used by many toxic fans. Anyway, considering the price of the… Read more »

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Correction: 7th of october

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

I’d have expected a delay this year given the extra task of finding a country and then a venue to host. Usually we know the country immediately.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Bear in mind the Turin Arena was built more with sport events in mind for the Winter Olympics. This arena was built specifically to host concerts.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

The arena is quite small compared to others. I’m not a fan of it myself and much prefer Manchester Arena. However, that said, it is a good location, especially with the conference centre next to it, the city is amazing, the people are welcoming and warm and the nightlife is great. I work in the city centre and love the atmosphere. It’s not perfect but where is?

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Congrats, Liverpool! Their campaign was great, so I’m glad it worked out. As I’ve never been to either city, I can’t tell you whether I’d prefer for it to be in Liverpool or Glasgow. As it is, I congrat to Liverpool and hope for a great show.

Sognomio
Sognomio
1 month ago

It has been a shame about the hotels and apartament un Uk.I had booked two appartmets ( cancelable) in Glasgow and Liverpool.380 EU for 3 days.That one of Glasgow was cancelled without any razón 3 days algo.That one of Liverpool with 2 rooms cancelled without any explication yesterday at 7 in the afternnon It was disgusting.They now can book It at a price of 1000 ir 2000 EU.It should be punished.I phoned booking.com and told they can not do anything.They offered me an alternativa with an appartmentb1 room..ranked 4.9 ( an horrible house and dar from the center).i have been… Read more »

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Sognomio

The news on hikes in prices made the mainstream media. A whole article covers it in the Daily Mail.

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Sognomio

If they are on airbnb, you can report them! Otherwise, leave a comment on their Google reviews page.

Henno
Henno
1 month ago
Reply to  Sognomio

Welcome to capitalism. Why are you at all surprised.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Sognomio

There are quite a few places that aren’t central but are on a direct rail link, check places such as Widnes, Runcorn, Southport, Ellesmere Port and even Manchester. The trains go directly to the main station in Liverpool. Not perfect but worth a check. Use Google maps and national rail enquiries to check locations and the amount of changes to Liverpool Lime Street or Liverpool Central.

Tylos
Tylos
1 month ago

Wow, BBC employees really don’t want to travel to Scotland

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Tylos

Or maybe Liverpool pushed harder to persuade the BBC why they should host. Glasgow didn’t go the extra mile to convince the BBC.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Tylos

What nonsense. There’s a BBC in Scotland. It’s called, surprisingly, BBC Scotland.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

Nice to hear! I’ve booked a hotel (cancel-able thank goodness) in a slightly distant place (Tarporley) so I REALLY hope that I can get tickets for the final. Fingers crossed!

Akira
Akira
1 month ago

[Rumor] The possible sites of Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool

Venue: M&S Bank Arena
Semi-final draw: Liverpool Town Hall
Opening ceremony: Liverpool Cathedral
Eurovision village: Chavasse Park
EuroClub: Soho Bar Liverpool

David
David
1 month ago

For non-local people checking for hotels around the Liverpool area, try looking to outside of the central area at places with a direct rail link to Liverpool city centre. Places to check are Birkenhead, Wallasey, Southport, Widnes, Runcorn, St Helens, Warrington, Ellesmere Port, Chester and even Manchester. All within easy reach.

David
David
1 month ago

For non-local people checking for hotels around Liverpool, check nearby areas such as Birkenhead, Southport, Crosby, Widnes, Runcorn, St Helens, Warrington, Ellesmere Port, Chester and even Manchester. All have direct train services to Liverpool city centre and the hotel prices could be cheaper too. At this rate I might even end up letting out my sofabed for a few pounds…

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

I’m waiting for the full participants list. There is a possibility that Bulgaria and Macedonia have withdrawn and Kazakhstan has debuted.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  raylee

I don’t think Kazakhstan is debuting for 2023, if at all, and We’ll wait and see if Bulgaria and north Macedonia are on the list.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

When are they going to announce the final list?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Tomi

I don’t know.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago
Reply to  Tomi

Usually first week of December.

Bela
Bela
1 month ago

I think the logo thing and the whole cooperation will be a good precedent for smaller countries that have no chance to host the contest on their own, due to the lack of a suitable arena or finances.

ESCVictorIn2999
ESCVictorIn2999
1 month ago
Reply to  Bela

Yeah, you have to imagine plans for if Australia or San Marino won were used here.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

If Australia ever wins Eurovision, it wouldn’t be hosted there because they’re only in associate member and it would be such a logistical nightmare to host there, so they would have to cohost with another European city by default.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Bela

Isn’t it that all participating broadcasters/countries must commit to hosting the festival if win? Liverpool 2023 is an exception, not a rule, and it concerns the security situation in Ukraine first and foremost.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Australia are not allowed to, not being members. Which also means they never have to worry about the financial pressures of winning, which kinda isn’t fair. San Marino just would not be able to.

Tylos
Tylos
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Australia would happily pay to host (there would be a bidding war between state governments) – it’s just a preposterous idea to hold a European event half a planet away

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes, all eligible broadcasters. San Marino taking the place of a broadcaster that could host is an issue, but since it’s not a fair competition, who cares.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I don’t know how well up are you on your Eurovision history, but this is not the first occasion that the winner didn’t host next years contest. It has happened six times before, seven including this year. Except for 1980, which was hosted by the Netherlands In place of Israel, he was usually United Kingdom to pick up a pad for countries that didn’t wanna host next year usually because they won again in such close proximity to the previous wins, whether it’s twice in a row or just within two years.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Israel did not even participate in 1980.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I know that.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I don’t know how well up you are on recent Eurovision?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

They get first right to host if they win. It’s not an obligation

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Bela

It’s not the first time that the winning country host next year’s contest Because they were unable to. When Monaco won the contest in 1971, It was discovered they didn’t have the right facilities to host a contest so the United Kingdom picked up the tab. It actually makes Monaco the only Eurovision winner to have never hosted in their own country.

Viggz
Viggz
1 month ago

It’s so cool that Zelda Tears of the Kingdom will be released the day before Eurovision 2023 grand final.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

I think that I quite understand why Brits want to make this fully Ukrainian show. Ukraine is Eastern country and UK is West, two countries with fully different cultures so if they both mixed up that could look very messy. Brits wait for their victory so that it would be fully UK show.

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Rubbish

CarlosM
CarlosM
1 month ago

Congrats to Liverpool from this American fan!

I admit that I’m surprised that it wasn’t awarded to Glasgow. But, I’m sure ESC knew what they were doing in choosing Liverpool to host ON BEHALF OF UKRAINE! (Why are people forgetting who won the 2022 Contest?)

But, good luck with getting lodging near Liverpool! I just checked and, as of 2:36am PDT, all the hotel rooms are booked. AIRBNB is over 1500USD a night. You might as well stay in Manchester and make the daily commute to Liverpool.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  CarlosM

The Wirral (which includes Birkenhead & Wallasey) across the River Mersey is also easy to commute from. I live next to a train station which takes 10 minutes to the city centre so it’s closer than some areas of Liverpool itself. Hotels might be cheaper too. Maybe I’ll have to rent out my sofabed ?

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

I do like the choice. Livervool is so realted to music. I’m sure we’ll seen some Beatles’ spots. On the other hand, choosing Liverpool before Glasgow may be seen as a political move, favouring England instead of Scotland.

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

I was writing fast and made some typos, hope I could edit comments!!

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

The change of attitude by the BBC is quite extraordinary. From sending songs that ended up near/at the bottom of the scoreboard and now the success of 2022 and the buzz they are already generating around 2023. You already get the feeling that this Eurovision is going to be epic. Both SFs on BBC1 rather than 3/4 , this is going to massive!

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Yes it was the double 0 I’m 2021 and the BBC got complaints about their effort in the contest. The BBC gave the Eurovision team more funding and their whole process changed. There’s a good podcast about it.

Henno
Henno
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

I honestly think UK could win in 2023, based on current trajectory. UKR second. London 2024.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

So England over Scotland? Who could’ve seen that comming?!

Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

Apparently, not the betters as they were favouring Glasgow since day one.

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Yes because of 5 seconds of the Eurovision movie

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

I’ve never been to Liverpool but isn’t it like super dangerous? At least that’s what I’ve heard, even from people who are from there.

RussieG
RussieG
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Less so than Glasgow, that’s one of the most violent cities in the entirety of Europe, and easily the most violent in the UK

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Yeah I haven’t left my home for 50 years it’s so dangerous. I eat carpet and wallpaper to keep me alive ?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Yummy!

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Eh? No

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Liverpool is a fantastic city. Sure it has crime and dangers, but what major city doesn’t? It’s a warm, vibrant and welcoming city. P.S I am there.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  David

It’s truly unbelievable that some people take for granted this crime and dangers things and don’t bother to consider that the situation could improve.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

Happy for Liverpool to of won, but christ have you seen the hotel prices!

Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

Yep, I just checked via booking and prices skyrocketed. For example, a single person for 7 days would pay from 400 Euros in total on May 1-7 and around 500 Euros on May 15-21, BUT more than 4,000 Euros on May 8-14. Jinkies, that’s 10 times more expensive!

CarlosM
CarlosM
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

I looked and they’re all booked for that week.

Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  CarlosM

Vacant spots are fast to fill (98% of spots in Liverpool are booked). The cheapest choice for a single person from May 8 to May 14 is 3,300 Euros at the guest house (1 room left). Then there are 3 rooms left at the prices from 4,300 to 5,500 Euros. Places, which ask over 10K, 20K and even 70K for the same period are soon to be sold out too. Crazy prices!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

You can search for some suburbs of Liverpool, you don’t have to be in the mere centre of the city

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

It’s the same story with prices and availability.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

Book a hotel in Manchester instead, it’s 50 minutes away by train.

au ua
au ua
1 month ago

Exciting, but you’d think a big country with many arenas they could do better than a capacity of 11,000 considering all the people across the world who would want to come. Also since UK is hosting and funding and organising kind of rubs me the wrong way that the Ukrainian flag is in the logo just because they won, it’s a new edition of the show

Johan Victor
Johan Victor
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

Think so to

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

It’s so obnoxious how much Ukraine has been fawned over.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

How do you know that the UK will fund it totally? “Ukrainian flag is in the logo just because they won” but yes that’s how Eurovision works sorry, the last winner is honoured each time like that since years, so I don’t see why it would change. “It’s a new edition of the show” ok as each year but it’s not an excuse to forget who has won the last edition. Don’t forget why it will be made in the UK next year and it’s not because the UK has won this year. Ukraine should have hosted and really wanted… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

Moreover the capacity of the arena it’s not what is determining to get an iconic Eurovision edition. You overestimate the number of people who would want to come for real in Eurovision, each years the producers have hard time to get the arenas full except for the Grand Final day, it means only for one show out of nine!, so an arena with a capacity of 11000 is a good choice to not loose too much money.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

6 people have hard time to admit the truth….

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

Yeh I agree about the arena capacity. Will probably be another dissapointing year trying to get tickets again.

XOOOD
XOOOD
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

I couldn’t care less about the capacity of an arena, look at the expo Tel Aviv in 2019 it had less than 9K and yet they managed to make it look great and “full”.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

Since this is Ukrainian show and contest Brits don’t want to spend all their potential for this. They wait for UK edition of Eurovision.

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Rubbish

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

Yes but the producer for 2021 Eurovision said a bigger venue incurs a lot more additional costs and it can get to the point ticket sales don’t balance it.

TJCat
TJCat
1 month ago
Reply to  au ua

This argument over capacity and arena size is sooooo boring!
It’s not about size it’s atmosphere, we’ve had some fantastic contests in smaller venues than Liverpool in the last ten years.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

For a moment I thought Glasgow had it in the bag, but I’m glad that Liverpool’s eagerness paid off!
I’m sure Liverpool will be a terrific host and that next year’s contest will be great!

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

This arena just in front of the ocean is already iconic, and very beautiful. Given the configuration of the arena in photo I think the stage for 2023 should be rather central, I don’t really know but it could be cool.

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

Don’t let italians plan anything so they don’t screw up everything agai

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Genuinely surprised with this! Thought Glasgow had it, but delighted it’s Liverpool! Eurovision just suits a city like Liverpool and I can assure you it will be great!

30 minute plane journey straight across from Dublin so I’m happy out. Possibly the closest I’ll ever get to a “home” Eurovision.

Congratulations Liverpool!

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Och, Darren—Eurovision will be hosted in Dingle before you know it! 😉

By the way—have you watched Bad Sisters? So funny, and beautiful landscape shots of Wicklow and the coast.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

It is all good. But the sentence “Ukraine front and centre” rubs me. Obviously I get it should involve Ukraine somehow but that makes it seem as if everything will be about Ukraine…
UK and BBC should absolutely be just a big part of it as Ukriane. They are hosting, paying for it and should get some part of the cake too. 50/50 is absolutely the right way to go,,

Roo
Roo
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

They did win you remember

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Roo

Yes but they are not hosting, are they? UK is hosting. The hosts should get some piece of the cake too. Not just “hosts on paper only”

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Keep in mind that Eurovision should have been in Ukraine next year normally, and it’s not their fault if they can’t host, so it’s fair.

Johan Victor
Johan Victor
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Sorry, but if you can’t host it,don’t participate! Unless the Ukranian broadcaster is paying for the thing,i don’t think they deserteurs all this trbute

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan Victor

Care to explain why Ukraine can’t host? It’s not like they didn’t want to.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellie

Have you all forgotten the reason Ukraine can’t host Eurovision is that there is still a WAR going on there?

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I was being sarcastic. But yes, it’s not like Ukraine randomly decided not to host. They desperately wanted to host and were rejected for safety reasons, and now have to watch a country on the opposite end of Europe get the honors. Ukraine at least deserves to be in the spotlight in May.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellie

But UK who are paying and hosting it should also be recognised, that is what I am saying. Seems like UK and the effort they make will be ignored completely. Is thst fair?

MTD
MTD
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Denis, get out of your box.
You haven’t even seen the final TV package and you are all drama queen.
Chill.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  MTD

No, there is no need to see the package. You get all you need to know with “Ukraine will be front and centre”

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

How have the UK been ignored completely? We’ve been talking about Liverpool vs. Glasgow nonstop, about who the presenters might be, if Graham Norton will do commentary and present? All the tourism benefits are going to Liverpool’s hospitality industry. I’m sure we’ll (deservedly) hear all about Liverpool’s music scene. That’s already a lot for a country that did. not. win. All respects to Sam Ryder, who has handled this with a class I wish others were showing. He’s been championing Ukraine and Kalush from the instant they won.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan Victor

Are you serious?! If you can’t make a relevant comment here, don’t do it, your comment is ridiculous, think a little bit if you can.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

They really want Ukrainie to win again and host it next year

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

the obvious choice from the get go. iconic city.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Ok! Yes! I can’t be more happy!! I support Liverpool since the beginning, I wanted so much to see Eurovision in Liverpool, and it will be real! This city deserves it so much! AlI the people involved in their bid, which anyway was perfect for these special situation and who have helped for this to happen deserve it, such a great job. I have to admit that hours before the announcement I was pretty sure that it would be Glasgow, I mean I wanted Maastricht we got Rotterdam, I wanted Milan we got Turin, so I thought the same will… Read more »

Jacob Teglbjærg
Jacob Teglbjærg
1 month ago

I think the dates will be changed as there is a semi final in CL 9 May, meaning the first semi final will clash with a semi final in CL. What if Liverpool plays at home on 9 May? Interesting what EBU will do

Pedro
Pedro
1 month ago

CL semis are home and away games. They’ll ask the UEFA to play the 9th away because of that. No clash at all!

Helena's
1 month ago

Nothing will happen.

Luke B
Luke B
1 month ago

EBU check these things in advance. So Liverpool are probably playing Away.

Millie
Millie
1 month ago

Nothing. It’s irrelevant.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 month ago

I lived in Liverpool for a year, about 20 years ago and It was a very very very unsafe city. Things i Saw there i have never seen anywhere else, I Hope this has changed.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

it’s been heavily gentrified ever since

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 month ago

Hope so. Back then It was a really dangerous place and the most scary is that It was ‘officially’ regarded as dangerous by authorities. When going out on excursions the university paid taxis to get people from the bus stop to their homes because they aknowledge It was dangerous to walk in the streets when It was dark.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Liverpool is a completely different city to what it was even 10 years ago, never mind 20. Every city has its bad elements. Liverpool has gone through so many changes since the mid 1990s it’s barely recognisable now. Maybe pay the city a visit instead of judging on one year two decades ago.

David
David
1 month ago

Get Jemini for the interval act or to host. Let them make amends for 2003.

Matty
Matty
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Sonia Evans would be better!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

So far I absolutely love how we are going on. The BBC has been so far very professional with this host city race process, which might be a hint we’re gonna have amazing Eurovision. Now when host city process is over we’re moving on to stage design and slogan. It will be hard to surpass Sweden and Netherlands, but we have all the potential, just get things right. I just hope the stage designer will be local UK designer, we don’t need famous and already familiar people.

MTD
MTD
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

BBC Studios will produce the event, they have all what it takes from the get go. I see no issues.

Teddy
1 month ago

I personally feel like Liverpool was chosen as it’s much more central than Glasgow with Manchester’s massive airport a stone’s throw away. Glasgow looked like a much better choice though, the stadium is probably aesthetically up there with Baku Crystal Hall with all the LEDs on the outside and the previous history in the ESC movie. Hopefully it won’t be another 23 year wait for another host city in the UK!

Millie
Millie
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

No it was chosen because they were more passionate about musical heritage, culture and the inclusion of Ukraine in their bid.

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
1 month ago

The phrase Liverpool 2023 already sounds great. The only thing I have mixed feelings with is that Ukrainian flag in the logo: it should have been the Union Jack, it’s the UK hosting! Now I do hope this year they will dispense with that saga of dark-background sublogos.

musica
musica
1 month ago

It’s the UK hosting on behalf of Ukraine. They knew the deal from the get-go and they should respect that, something which the organizers in Liverpool seem to be very aware of (probably also why they got the gig).

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  musica

I’m actually hoping for a Hybrid flag In the heart. The union jack in the Ukrainian colors of blue and yellow. That way both winner and the host country are respected.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

With the United Kingdom’s name cited just above Liverpool’s in the official branding is probably a good compromise.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

What? A country’s flag is an element of national identity. Most if not all countries take pride in their flag and national identity. The Union Jack in Ukraine’s colour would be disrespectful to the people of both countries and confusing for the rest.

Emilio
Emilio
1 month ago

Not gonna lie, I had all my bets on Glasgow. Congratulations to Liverpool, I bet it’s going to be an amazing edition!

Sam
Sam
1 month ago

Anyone knows where eurovillage or the big screens will be placed to watch the context outside?

MrAdamD
MrAdamD
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam

I have a good feeling it may be just outside the arena there is a lot of space. If not maybe on top of Liverpool ONE as they have a large park there but may not be suitable with all the bars and restaurants.

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago

Was hoping for Glasgow since there are other constituent countries in the United Kingdom that I don’t think are always highlighted, but Liverpool’s promos made me excited to see what the city could offer. Happy about the outcome!

RussieG
RussieG
1 month ago
Reply to  esc_fl

Eh the others get highlighted more than enough, especially Scotland

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Sonia’s had a UK number one, this is enough to give her a semi-final interval at least. 30 years after Millstreet.

Yannis
Yannis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

No

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Yannis

Yes for Sonia. A sort of iconic local character. How many host cities can claim a previous well placed winner?

Hebbo
Hebbo
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

God, please no.

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

Interesting choice. I’d feel safer walking around Kyiv tonight than I would around Liverpool that’s for sure.

Veronika
Veronika
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

I’ve been to Liverpool a a few times, especially in the city centre area this will be and never felt unsafe.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago
Reply to  Veronika

X2, it’s not Birmingham, Leeds or London

Roro31
1 month ago

It would miss the Beatles performing on the Liverpool stage during intermission and it would be a magical moment ???

Liverpool its a great great choice really !!
Let’s go Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool !

Roro31
1 month ago
Reply to  Roro31

A magical moment !!! *

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Roro31

They’re going to do a deepfake Beatles. Or at least a deepfake Sandie Shaw.

Roro31
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

oh no I hope not I want to see them in the flesh it would be so nice and moving!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

I’m sorry, but I can’t say that I’m not disappointed how they put only Ukraine flag in the heart. It is UK that hosts and funds, they should get equal recognition as Ukraine, and not just be overshadowed.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Yeah. What a disgrace. It’s always the host country’s flag that goes in the logo.

That has always been the case even when another country has stepped in to host for another country in the past.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

I’ve seen the logo with half Ukraine and half UK flags but I cannot remember where.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Since I cannot edit the comment – they must have wanted to highlight Ukraine’s win. Maybe it’s just us the big fans who noticed the logo and flags issue. They should definitely be consistent with their media stuff and use both.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

It has not always been the case, because it’s never arisen before. They’ve only been using it since 2004.

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Exactly. The heart logo era started in 2004.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Another country has never stepped in to host since the heart logo was introduced in 2004 – the last time a non-winning country hosted was Netherlands in 1980, way before any heart logo.

Roo
Roo
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

I don’t think the heart logo with the flag in the centre existed in 1980, the last time Eurovision was hosted in a country that didn’t win. And in those cases the winning country turned down hosting. Whereas in Ukraine it is not possible. Let’s not get bogged down in semantics. Personally I am excited to see the enthusiasm BBC is putting into hosting and hopes this translates to better UK entries in the future and even an outright win!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I’m hoping for a hybrid design in the heart where it’s the union jack in the colors of Ukraine’s flag, blue and yellow. That way both the winner and the host country are respected at the same time.

Andres
Andres
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

The ukranian flag is used as the ex eurovision song ‘contest’ has now become the ‘Ukranian Solidarity Show’. Guys be prepared Ukraine will win also the 2023 edition

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Andres

No le cambias.

Veronika
Veronika
1 month ago

dammit, I didnt expect it to be this early. I will be in Rome that week 🙁

Escfan
1 month ago

Congrats Liverpool on winning the hosting bid. ??

Escfan
1 month ago
Reply to  Escfan

the question marks are emojis btw

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Looking forward to Liverpool 2023. Second week of May as ESC week will be awesome! 🙂

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Liverpool is just iconic city. From the mere beginning I wanted Liverpool to host, but everyone underrated its chances and overhyped Glasgow. I love when odds fail so hard at predicting and I think this is excellent choice for this edition. Let’s go!

Sam
Sam
1 month ago

Even though I live in England and Liverpool is geographically closer to me it’s much trickier for me to get to than Glasgow xD

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Paul McCartney for the interval? He’d do it for Ukraine.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It has to be the best of the UK, the bee’s knees, the cream of the cream, the pearl in the crown everything!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Ringo to give out the UK votes.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Ringo Starr should perform!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can IMAGINE this!!!!!!!!!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I prefer Liam’s stuff, I think.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Or a left-field choice but, here goes…Circa Waves

Hebbo
Hebbo
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

How about no.

Irish EuroFan
Irish EuroFan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

God, I hope not.