There were two cities left in the running to organize the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. It was finally Liverpool who won against Glasgow.
It is in Liverpool that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place. Two cities were still in contention at the end of September, Glasgow and Liverpool, selected from a list of seven cities.
The Eurovision contest, which each year sees around forty countries compete in song, is traditionally organized in the country that won the previous edition.
However, it is Ukraine, which won the 2022 edition, with the group Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania. Considering that the security and operational guarantees “could not be fulfilled”, due to the war still raging in the country, the European Broadcasting Union decided to entrust the organization to the United Kingdom, whose candidate came second.
Ukrainian resistance anthem
After denouncing this decision, Ukraine ended up accepting it.
“I think the BBC experience will allow Ukraine to be presented at the highest level,” Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkatchenko said on Telegram last July.
On August 24, the British Army’s Scots Guards band performed the song Stefaniawhich has become a veritable anthem of Ukrainian resistance, in the face of the Russian invasion.
It was in Turin that the very political 2022 edition took place, which dismissed the Russians and crowned the Ukrainians.
About 20% of Ukrainian territory is currently occupied by the Russian military, and many other areas are hit almost daily by Russian missile strikes.