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Eurovision in Scotland 2023?

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The United Kingdom will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 on behalf of Ukraine, it has been announced.  Organisers the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) previously decided the event could not be held in the war-torn country following the Russian invasion.

This was despite Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra triumphing at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy, with the UK’s Sam Ryder coming runner-up.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final alongside the so-called big five nations – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who each get a free pass because of their financial contributions to the event.

It will be the ninth time Eurovision has taken place in the UK – more than any other country.

The bidding process to select the host city will begin this week and will be jointly managed by the BBC and EBU.

The winner would require a large events space, suitable accommodation and international transport links for the competing countries and their delegations.

Glasgow City Council have confirmed they will put in a bid to host while City of Edinburgh Council confirmed that they are looking at all options and will make a decision on whether to make a bid.

Written by: Jill McLaren

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