The September 8th deadline for British cities to submit their next bids to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is looming. The next city who have given some detail about their upcoming bid is Leeds. The host city for Eurovision 2023 will be announced later in Autumn.
Leeds City Council confirm bid details
Leeds City Council will be consulting senior councilors next week in order to get the “green light” for their bid. This formal final bid is expected to be finalised on Monday next week. Leeds Councilor James Lewis has said the following about the city’s final bid.
“We already know that Leeds, with its long tradition of inclusivity, creativity and cultural excellence, would be a perfect location for Eurovision and everything that comes with it. Now we have to show the competition’s organisers exactly why that is. With the support of the local Ukrainian community and other key partners, we are determined to rise to the challenge.James Lewis on Leeds’ Eurovision 2023 bid to host.
Leeds is one of seven cities hoping to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The other cities in contention are:
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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News Source: Leeds City Council
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