March 20, 2023

Liverpool 2023

The sixty seventh Eurovision Song Contest will take place in May 2023.   As reigning champions Ukraine would normally have been expected to host,  however given security concerns brought on by the ongoing Russian invasion the European Broadcasting Union determined that the contest would have to be staged elsewhere, and it was announced on July 25th that the United Kingdom (as runners-up) would be hosting the event on behalf of Ukraine.   On August 12th the BBC announced a shortlist of seven cities:   Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.  On September 27th this was reduced to just Glasgow and Liverpool,  and on October 7th Liverpool was announced as the winner.   It was also announced that the Grand Final will be on May 13th with the semis on May 9th and 11th.

On 31 January the semi-final allocation draw took take place at St Georges Hall in Liverpool,  where the thirty one countries competing in the semi-finals were drawn into either the Tuesday or Thursday semi.   Prior to the draw these countries were divided into “pots” based on previous voting records, in an attempt to dilute diaspora/neighbour voting.