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Liverpool prepares to submit full Eurovision bid


Cllr Harry Doyle, Liverpool’s cabinet member for culture and visitor economy, said the city would be submitting its full, formal application to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year by September 8.

Doyle said: “Eurovision was a very positive step forward for us when we were shortlisted. Fingers crossed, things look really good for the city.”

Liverpool is joined by Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield on a shortlist of UK cities bidding to host the contest.

The UK confirmed it would host the show after victors Ukraine conceded they were unable to do so following Russia’s invasion.

Doyle told a meeting of the city’s culture and visitor economy select committee that Liverpool had reached out to partners in Ukraine as it seeks to host the popular continental music event in 2023.

“It is a partnership work for us, we’re working with partners across the region including the mayor of the city region, and the leaders of the other boroughs. We’ve reached out to our partners in Ukraine as well.”

The BBC, as host broadcaster, will analyse the prospects of each potential host city, with the broadcaster expected to visit Liverpool ahead of a decision being made by October.

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