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Lulu, Mel B, and Mayors celebrate their respective cities

Former Eurovision winner Lulu, Spice Girls star Mel Band mayors across the UK named shortlisted cities to host the 2023 event I celebrated that I was born.

Twenty cities submitted 'expressions of interest' to the host, but he was selected by only seven by the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union.

Birmingham,Glasgow,Leeds, Liverpool,Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield advanced to the second round of the selection process, but Now we have to compete in the final round.

After the city was shortlisted, Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig said:

"Manchester is poised to host Britain's biggest party at the city's AO arena and our place in the unique history of Eurovision.

“Manchester has a large and proud Ukrainian community.

Sasha Lord, the city's nighttime economy advisor and co-founder of the Parklife Festival, added: is renowned for its music and musical heritage, having hosted some of the most iconic gigs in history. When Eurovision comes to town next year, there is no doubt that it will put on a show like no other.

West Her Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said she was "delighted" that Leeds had been shortlisted, adding: event," she said.

Spice Girl Mel B, who grew up in the city, said: It's an amazing city, full of amazing people and amazing characters, and the perfect backdrop for an iconic show like Eurovision. ''

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward, an avid Eurovision watcher since the 1980s, was also celebrating his city's shortlist.

``This is a city of sanctuaries, a city that has welcomed and settled people from all over the world. I am honored to host the ," he said.

Glasgow was the only Scottish city on the list, with the support of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

In Good Morning Britain, 1969 Eurovision winner Lulu said she supports the city.

“I am excited about it, especially for Ukraine.

"It's very emotional. I think it's going to be a great year," she said.

However, there was disappointment from representatives of cities not included in the shortlist.

Jackie Dunbar, his MSP at Aberdeen Donside, said the city's failure to reach the second stage was a "blow".

she tweeted. "We are disappointed that Aberdeen and our wonderful @PandJLive were not shortlisted to host #Eurovision." Despite winning this year's competition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the annual event, decided that the event could not be held in the war-torn country following the Russian invasion. Did.

Britain was given the opportunity to host Eurovision for the ninth time, more than any other country, after Sam Ryder finished second in the competition.

Of her seven cities in the UK shortlisted, six were from England and one from Scotland, and Belfast was not a candidate for Northern Ireland.

Cardiff withdrew its bid to host the event in spring 2023, citing staging complications which meant that a number of events scheduled at the Principality Stadium had to be cancelled. rice field.

Scott Her Mills joined Zoe Ball's BBC Two Her Breakfast Show and announced the host city finalists on Friday.

The BBC and her EBU, which broadcast the competition in the UK, made the final selections based on each city's "capacity, competence and experience in hosting an event of this scale and complexity."

Winner will need large event her space, suitable accommodation, and international transportation for competing countries and their delegations.

Ukraine qualified for the Eurovision Grand Final, along with her so-called five powers (Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), each receiving a free pass for their financial contribution to the event. rights automatically.

On Friday, UK-based think tank and charity British Future called on Ukrainian refugees and their UK host families to give them "priority tickets" to Eurovision 2023.

Host cities will be announced by the fall.