Eurovision 2023: BBC publish FAQ about two-round host city bidding process

August 4, 2022

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The BBC have published a list of frequently asked questions about the host city application for Eurovision 2023.

The BBC’s article on frequently asked questions about the bidding process for Eurovision 2023 host city also includes confirmation that the bidding process will be a two-step process.

Below is the list, and their answers, of frequently asked questions regarding the host city bidding process for Eurovision 2023.

How do you apply to be a Host City?

Any local authority interested in becoming a Host City can email esc.hostcity@bbc.co.uk

Does it cost to enter a bid?

There is no charge to enter a bid. It is up to Cities whether they incur costs to support their bid.

Who decides who will be the Host City?

The selection of the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

How does the process work?

It is a two-stage process and to be considered, any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity.

What are the key requirements?

The final decision on selecting the Host City will be based on a city or region’s capacity and capability in meeting the BBC’s and the EBU’s requirements, as well as availability of resources and general experience in hosting a large and complex event such as the Eurovision Song Contest. For example, last year the EBU’s Host City criteria was based on providing a venue able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that should be within easy reach of an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation.

Will there be different rounds?

There will be two rounds. Once we have received applications, we will shortlist cities based on their ability to meet the requirements and their responses around capability and experience.

Will the government have a say on who hosts it?

We may consult with the UK government but the decision on who will be the Host City will be determined by the BBC and the EBU.

When will you announce the Host City?

We expect the process to be complete in Autumn and we will announce the successful Host City then.

As was reported yesterday, Cardiff have pulled out of bidding to become host city for Eurovision 2023. So this now leaves a total of eight cities across the United Kingdom that have officially submitted a bid to host next years contest:

A further nine cities have expressed their interest in hosting next years contest, but have not yet officially submitted a bid:

What are your thoughts on the bidding process for Eurovision 2023? Which city do you think will have the honours of hosting Eurovision next year? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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