Glasgow and Birmingham are among the many favourites to host subsequent 12 months’s Eurovision Tune Contest, which might be held within the UK on behalf of this 12 months’s winners Ukraine.

Twenty venues from cities throughout the UK put in bids to host the “largest and most advanced music competitors on the earth”, which was watched this 12 months by a worldwide viewers of 161 million, mentioned The Guardian. 

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have all been introduced as potential hosts for the following contest, which can happen within the UK for the primary time in 25 years. 

The most recent betting market information from Smarkets means that Glasgow is the favorite to host subsequent 12 months, with a 43% probability, adopted by Birmingham at 27%.

Manchester is in third place for the bookmakers however is way from an in depth contender at 7%, adopted by Leeds and London at 5% and Aberdeen and Liverpool at 4%. 

How will the town be determined?

This 12 months’s Eurovision, held in Turin in Could, was gained by Kalush Orchestra, representing Ukraine. As winners, it means the following Eurovision Tune Contest would usually be held in Ukraine, however the European Broadcasting Union introduced final month that the competition couldn’t be held there because of the ongoing struggle.

As a substitute, the UK, which got here second with Sam Ryder’s music Area Man, was requested to host the competitors.

The choice to modify the competition to the UK has sparked a “hotly-contested choice course of”, mentioned the BBC, which has agreed to host the present and can assist Eurovision organisers select the successful metropolis by the autumn.

The seven-city shortlist was primarily based on “the capability, functionality and expertise to host an occasion of this scale and complexity”, mentioned the broadcaster. It was additionally “closely weighted” to cities that might reveal earlier expertise of internet hosting main worldwide occasions and celebrating modern music.

Based on the BBC the remaining cities might be scored on a set of standards, together with:

  • appropriate area
  • dedication from the broader metropolis or area to host the competition, together with financially
  • energy of native cultural actions, together with showcasing Ukrainian tradition and music
  • alignment to the BBC’s strategic priorities, corresponding to offering worth to all audiences and supporting the inventive financial system

The place was the final UK Eurovision hosted?

The UK is “no stranger” to Eurovision, having welcomed it to our shores “a minimum of eight instances”, mentioned Metro. However it has been a while for the reason that music contest final got here to the UK. 

The final British metropolis to host was Birmingham in 1998, following Katrina and the Waves’ victory in 1997 with Love Shine A Mild

The 1998 contest occurred on the Nationwide Indoor Area in Birmingham, hosted by Ulrika Jonsson and Sir Terry Wogan, and was gained by Israel’s Dana Worldwide with the music Diva.

One of the crucial well-known Eurovisions of all was held on the Brighton Dome in 1974, when Abba gained with Waterloo, setting themselves on the highway to superstardom.