Eurovision 2023 on the BBC - all you need to know so far and who is rumoured to host

Eurovision 2023 is confirmed for the UK and will be aired on the BBC on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine

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Eurovision 2023 will be broadcast by the BBC as the UK is confirmed as guest host on behalf of war-torn Ukraine after they were crowned champions of this years' contest.

The annual music competition which took place in Turin, Italy, earlier this year, saw Ukraine win with their entry Stefania" by Kalush Orchestra but due to the ongoing war in Ukraine with Russia (opens in new tab), it has been decided by show organisers that the country will not host next year's contest, instead it sought to fins another country to host on their behalf.

Many people have donated to Ukraine (opens in new tab) since the war began and housed a Ukrainian refugee in their homes (opens in new tab).

And the UK, which came second place in the contest with its entry Space Man by Sam Ryder, was consulted over hosting the ceremony on behalf of the people of Ukraine and as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC confirm that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the United Kingdom, we look at all you need to know...

Where will Eurovision be held in 2023?

Eurovision is traditionally held in the winning country the following year, but in 2023 there will be a change to the plan, as instead of 2022 winners Ukraine hosting the ceremony, the UK has stepped in to host on their behalf due to the ongoing war.

For Eurovision 2021 (opens in new tab) Rotterdam was the host country as they had won the previous year's contest.

And that's not the only change this year, "Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final along with the Big 5 - which incudes the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. They each go straight through to the final because of their financial contributions to the event. 

And representatives of UA:PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the shows," show organisers confirmed.

And a "logo reflecting unique circumstances of staging to be revealed later".

Mr Chernotytskyi added that although the contest will not be held there, it will be "in support of Ukraine".

"I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent."

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Where would UK host Eurovision?

Several UK cities have come forward having expressed an interest to host Eurovision 2023 including London and Manchester already confirming that they will put in an official bid. Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, London, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast and Cardiff could also put in official bids.

"We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us," said Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of Ukraine's public broadcaster, UA:PBC.

The official bidding process to decide which city will host this week will now begin and Betfair (opens in new tab) has released its latest odds for which cities people has the most money on...

  • Glasgow: 5/6 (was 25/1)
  • Manchester: 10/3
  • London: 5/1
  • Birmingham: 9/1
  • Belfast, Liverpool, Leeds: 14/1
  • Edinburgh: 18/1
  • Cardiff: 20/1
  • Sheffield, Newcastle: 22/1
  • Bristol: 25/1

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said, "Looking at which city could host Eurovision, Glasgow are now the 5/6 odds-on favourites, with Manchester 10/3 and London 5/1.”

When looking for the right host venue, the EBU has said it should accommodate around 10,000 spectators, within easy reach of an international airport and have enough hotel accommodation for 2,000 delegates, journalists and spectators.

The evening proves to be a great night with viewers choosing their own best and worst acts (opens in new tab) throughout the evening each year.

When did UK host Eurovision?

The UK has hosted Eurovision a total of eight times in the show's 66-year history - firstly in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998 - that's more than any other country.

Speaking about hosting the contest next year, current Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, that the UK would put on a "fantastic contest on behalf of our Ukrainian friends", and that last week he and Ukraine's President Zelensky had agreed that the contest "must celebrate the country and people of Ukraine."

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Who is favourite to host Eurovision 2023?

Rumoured favourite to host Eurovision 2023 is Graham Norton, according to odds released by Betfair. The Betfair spokesman added, "With the European Broadcasting Union confirming the UK will host next year’s Eurovision, Graham Norton is the 3/1 favourite to anchor the song contest and he is followed by Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield at 9/2, while Bonnie Tyler, who represented the UK at Eurovision in 2013, is 8/1."

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  • Graham Norton: 3/1
  • Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield: 9/2
  • Bonnie Tyler: 8/1
  • Davina McCall: 10/1
  • Dermot O’Leary, Lulu: 16/1
  • Maya Jama: 33/1
  • Rylan: 40/1
  • Alan Carr: 50/1
  • James Corden: 66/1
  • Laura Whitmore: 80/1
  • Alison Hammond, Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall: 150/1
  • Simon Cowell: 200/1
  • Piers Morgan: 250/1

You can watch Eurovision 2022 winners perform their winning song below...

Eurovision 2023 is due to be held in May next year - the exact dates have not yet been announced but it will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.