Belfast Live reports that Derry is considering bidding to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Derry is the hometown of Eurovision legend Ireland’s first winner, Dana, who moved there when she was five. Her family also originates from Derry. Alderman Derek Hussey, who brought forward a proposal to consider submitting a bid, said to Belfast Live that “given the historical connections the city has with Eurovision with Dana we should be considering this.”
Since her win in 1970 with “All Kinds of Everything”, Dana has recorded Catholic music and has participated in Irish politics. She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland. Unlike other Irish winners such as Johnny Logan and Niamh Kavanagh, Dana has not been active in the Eurovision scene in recent years.
Representatives from Derry are aware that Belfast is interested in hosting as well. Another political figure, Alderman Maurice Devenny of the DUP, believes that “we in the north west have to put our best foot forward and see if we can get the costings to see how we can move it forward” to compete with Belfast. Alderman Hussey’s proposal passed unanimously; however, Sinn Fein representatives have stated that they are unsure if the city could handle the costs.
Which cities are in the running to host Eurovision 2023
The following cities have confirmed that they will be bidding to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest:
The following cities have publicly stated that they are intending or interested in submitting a bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest:
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News source: Belfast Live
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