As cities across the UK continue to express interest in hosting Eurovision 2023, the city of Manchester is one of the favourites to host next year’s Contest. The unofficial (and controversial) “second city” of the UK, Manchester is the only major English city that hasn’t hosted the Contest before.
However, as Manchester prepares to submit a formal bid to bring the Contest to the capital of the North of England, Rory takes us on a tour of the city. He stops at some iconic landmarks in the city, explains how Manchester could host the Contest and shows the potential venue – the AO Arena.
Check out Rory’s tour of Manchester here!
United Kingdom’s Eurovision journey
Despite a recent slump in results, the UK is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the second edition ever of the Contest in 1957, the United Kingdom has won the competition on five separate occasions. The most recent win for the UK was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, singing “Love Shine A Light”. The UK also holds the record for the number of second place finishes – currently at 16.
In 2022, the UK was represented by Sam Ryder with his song “SPACE MAN”. The performance managed to impress juries and televoters, and the UK finished in second place with 466 points, their best placing since 1998.
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