The UK will officially host the next Eurovision Song Contest instead of Ukraine. Take a look at Eurovision 2023 host city odds to learn about ten cities that could organize the event. Birmingham, Glasgow, and London are in the lead according to the bookies, but what will you choose?
The 67th Eurovision Song Contest isn’t going according to plan from the beginning. Usually, every next ESC show takes place in the country that won the previous year. This tradition seems to be broken for the first time since 1980. The winner of 2022 is Ukraine, which is unable to host the contest due to the Russian invasion. So, the EBU decided to give this right to the runner-up – the UK. Several cities up and down the country are part of a competitive bidding process, but which one will host the show next year?
Eurovision 2023 Will Take Place in the UK Instead of Ukraine
Eurovision 2022 ended with Ukraine winning the glass microphone trophy. Following the results of the contest, Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania” placed first with 631 points (439 of them coming from televoting). This record-breaking result allowed Ukraine to win the ESC for the third time in its history and have the right to host the next show within its borders. We all know that the winning country hosts the next Eurovision, according to the long-established tradition.
However, the ongoing war in Ukraine took away its dream to prepare for Eurovision 2023. Initially, the EBU gave it a try: all in all, Ukraine had successfully hosted the contest twice – in 2005 and 2017. Later on, it became clear that the safety of ESC guests and artists couldn’t be secured. Therefore, the EBU started looking for other variants.
There were many predictions at online sportsbooks in Ireland about the next host country. One of them was correct. When it became clear that Ukraine faced difficulties with the organization, the following countries expressed their interest in the contest: Poland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, and the UK. The latter was finally chosen as the next host country for Eurovision. It is worth mentioning that Ukraine remains the winner of the previous contest and reserves all its privileges, including automatic qualification to the final.
Eurovision 2023 Host City Odds: Best Variants
The UK was happy to announce its participation in the organization of Eurovision 2023. The last time the country hosted the contest was in 1998. Since then, the country has faced a rough patch at the contest. We all remember the infamous “zero points” to James Newman in 2021.
However, this year’s contestant Sam Ryder managed to bring the UK its glory back and placed second in the final table, just behind Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra. This was one of the reasons why the right to host the 2023 ESC was given to the UK. As of now, 16 UK cities expressed interest in hosting. Below you will find the ten best variants, according to online gambling sites in Ireland.
- Birmingham – 2.50
- Glasgow – 3.00
- Liverpool – 6.00
- Manchester – 6.50
- London – 11.00
- Leeds – 12.00
- Belfast – 17.00
- Cardiff – 17.00
- Aberdeen – 19.00
- Edinburgh – 26.00
According to the EBU, the host city should have a venue to accommodate about 10,000 viewers and provide hotels for participants and their teams. In addition, the venue should be easily accessible from the airport.
As of now, Birmingham has the best Eurovision 2023 host city odds. Its Resorts World Arena with its 15,000 capacity is an excellent venue for hosting the contest, while the city itself is easily reachable from London, Manchester, and Liverpool. In addition, the city has already hosted the 1998 Eurovision after UK’s last victory the previous year.
Before Birmingham took the lead, Glasgow was the most desirable city among Eurovision fans. It is now 22Bet’s second favorite with Liverpool and Manchester coming third and fourth respectively. London aka the most frequent ESC host city in the UK comes just fifth.