2023 La rosa dei candidati della città ospitante dell'Eurovision Song Contest si è ridotta a due contendenti

TWO British cities are battling to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC has announced.

Liverpool e Glasgow were selected after Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield e Manchester were removed from the list to host the event in place of Ucraina.

Sam Ryder came second with Space Man in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest

Sam Ryder came second with Space Man in the 2022 Eurovision Song ContestCredito: Getty

Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra triumphed in this year’s competition in Turin, Italia, but producers decided the show cannot be safely held in the country because of Russia’s invasion.

The UK was given the chance to host for the ninth time — more than any other country — after Sam Ryder, 33, came second with Space Man.

Liverpool has been a Unesco City of Music since 2015, and was the home of The Beatles.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: “Culture is synonymous with Liverpool and we tick all the boxes to be next year’s host.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon voiced her support for Glasgow to host.

The city’s OVO Hydro arena was featured in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Will Ferrell, 55.