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Eurovision host Graham Norton backs Glasgow to host next ceremony

Sep 28, 2022

The Eurovision Song Contest announced on Tuesday (September 27) that Glasgow and Liverpool are the final two cities in their shortlist to host the competition next year.

The UK's voice of Eurovision, Graham Norton, has vouched for Glasgow as a "great place" for the event in place of 2022 winners, Ukraine.

Speaking to STV News at Six, Graham said: "I think Glasgow would be a great place to have it.

"You’ve got the amazing venues, you’ve got the hotels, airports, the trains, and the banter."

The talk-show host added: "Every taxi driver in Glasgow is going to be saying, 'Yes! Come on!'”.

UK's entry Sam Ryder came second in the competition this year with his song Space Man. Due to Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the contest will not be able to take place there – despite winning the competition.

Eurovision organisers confirmed the news and instead opted for the runners up, UK to host the contest event.

Now having whittled down the potential cities from seven, Liverpool and Glasgow are going head to head.

Graham was not the only Eurovision royalty to declare their wish for Glasgow to host the crazy competition. Last year's runner up, Sam Ryder also announced he too would like to see the event take place in the Scottish city.

Speaking to Clyde 1 radio presenters who asked for support, Sam said: "I’m Sam Ryder and I want the Eurovision to be in Glasgow!"

As well as celebrities, senior officials are also encouraging the event organisers to choose Glasgow.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "We’re excited that Glasgow has made it to the final two cities in the running to host Eurovision and a celebration of Ukraine next year.

"The competition has been very strong, but Glasgow has an unrivalled track record for successfully hosting major global events."

Councillor Aitken continued that Glasgow's "famous live music scene" and "top entertainment venues" meant the city had "everything it takes" to host the Eurovision Song Contest.

Other cities initially in the running included Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Leeds.

Now however, just Liverpool and Glasgow remain as the people of the UK wait on the edge of their seat to find out which city will be announces as host of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

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