Eurovision Song Contest confirms Liverpool as host city for May 2023 show

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    The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will officially be held in Liverpool.

    Earlier this year, it was revealed the international music competition would be hosted in the UK amid last year's winning country Ukraine being deemed too high risk due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    The UK placed second in the 2022 contest with Sam Ryder's Space Man.

    READ MORE: Eurovision Song Contest bosses deciding between Liverpool and Glasgow to host event

    Last month, a shortlist of seven UK cities was whittled down to Glasgow and Liverpool and Eurovision presenter Graham Norton has now confirmed Liverpool will host next year's show on May 13.

    Graham revealed the chosen host city during an appearance on The One Show on Friday evening (October 7).

    Speaking to presenters Alex Jones and Roman Kemp, the RuPaul's Drag Race UK judge, 59, shared the exciting verdict after months of speculation.

    Initially, six Northern cities and the Scottish location of Glasgow were revealed to be in contention to fill in for a Ukrainian city as host.

    Alongside Glasgow and Liverpool, these included Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    Eurovision 2022 was held in Turin, Italy following Italian band Måneskin storming to victory with their song Zitti E Buoni in 2021.

    Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 contest with their track Stefania but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ruled that runner-up the UK should host in Ukraine's place.

    Reacting to the news on Twitter, fans shared their delighted reactions.

    One fan wrote: "So glad Liverpool got the Eurovision. It makes perfect sense given they are known for their vibrant music scene. I mean, they produced The Beatles, for crying out loud!"

    Another commented: "Well done to Liverpool great news!!"

    Meanwhile, a third said: "Yes #Liverpool #Eurovision2023 what a night that will be."

    A fourth added: "#Liverpool fabulous news our city is hosting #Eurovision2023 on behalf of #Ukraine️. Now how do we apply for tickets.?!"

    "Congratulations Liverpool!!! You’ll do the Ukrainian people proud," another fan concluded.

    Speaking on behalf of Liverpool, the city's Lord Mayor Roy Gladden added: "We wanted it, we expected it but you're always on edge.

    "If we hadn't had got it, Glasgow deserved it. I'm so glad we got it. We'll give it a party that's never been done before!"

    The Eurovision Song Content 2023 will air on May 13 next year on BBC One.

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