Brighton throws their hat into the ring to host Eurovision 2023

BRIGHTON will formally express interest in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest next year after organizers concluded the contest could not take place in Ukraine.

If successful, Eurovision could come to the city for the first time since 1974, when Abba won.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said “it would be an honor to host Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine”.

The advice is to contact the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC about the possibility of accommodation.

Pop group ABBA celebrate in Brighton, after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with ‘Waterloo’

Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Phelim Mac Cafferty said: “It would be an honor to host Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine.

“Of course it was at Brighton and Hove that ABBA launched their world career when they won with Waterloo at the Brighton Dome in 1974.

“We would love to see the event return to the city and share some of our lucky stardust with the next global superstars.

“We will now approach the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC to formally express our interest.

“We know that many other cities will be interested in hosting and we can’t wait to find out which city will succeed.

“After all, as ABBA said, winner takes all.”

The Argus: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won this year's competition with their song StefaniaUkrainian band Kalush Orchestra won this year’s competition with their song Stefania

Traditionally, the winners of the contest host the following year’s show.

But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the “security and operational” guarantees to host the event cannot be met by Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC amid the continued Russian invasion.

The EBU is currently in talks with the BBC to bring the 2023 contest to the UK for the first time since 1998.

Glasgow, London and Manchester are among the cities to throw their hats into the ring to host the contest if it takes place in the UK next year.

If the UK hosts, it would be the ninth time the country has hosted the competition, which will be held four times in London and once in Brighton, Edinburgh, Harrogate and Birmingham.

Hove MP Peter Kyle threw his support behind the bid and said Brighton and Hove were the “perfect city to open our arms and say ‘this is Ukraine’s show, but we’ll make them proud’ “.

He said: “We are such an open, tolerant and fun city and so perfectly placed to not only put on a brilliant competition, but to use it to continue highlighting the crisis and supporting our refugees.

“We have the skills and the experience in such a creative city, as we have seen in hosting events from rugby to football to conferences, that I am 100% convinced that a Eurovision -by-the-Sea will be the envy of the world.”

Brighton and Hove will welcome football fans from all over the world as it hosts three matches of this year’s European Women’s Football Championship, and has already hosted Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 and party conferences policies.

A total of 19 countries have so far confirmed their participation in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, including Greece, San Marino, Ukraine and Sweden.

Australia are also likely to return to competition once more, despite not being in Europe, having been invited to compete until at least 2023.

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