Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Eurovision: UK to host next year's Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the UK next year, it has been confirmed.

The show's organisers decided the event could not be held in the winning country, Ukraine, due to the ongoing war following Russia's invasion.

The UK came second this year, so talks were opened with the BBC.

It's not yet known which city will be chosen to host, but cities including Glasgow and Manchester have expressed an interest.

The UK has a number of places with suitable arenas, accommodation and international transport links.

Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, London, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast and Cardiff could also be in the running among others.

Cities will have to prove they have the right facilities and go through a bidding process, which will begin this week.

The BBC and the The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will now wait for official approaches and will publish the longlist later this summer.

Tickets usually go on sale a few months before the contest, once the specific venue is chosen.

The date hasn't been announced yet but it usually happens in May.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final, as is usual for the winner, along with the so-called Big Five, 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.