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by Joseph Anderson
17 June 2022
Sturgeon backs Glasgow to host Eurovision

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine pose after winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy

Sturgeon backs Glasgow to host Eurovision

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has put Glasgow forward as host city for Eurovision next year.

The European song contest is traditionally hosted by the previous year’s winner, but as Ukraine won this year, organisers have decided that it would be unsafe to hold the event in the war-torn country.

As the United Kingdom finished second, Eurovision organisers have begun discussions with the BBC, to host the contest somewhere in the UK.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Sturgeon threw her weight behind getting the contest to Glasgow: “We wish Eurovision could be in Ukraine but understand that in circumstances this isn’t possible.

“However, I can think of a perfect venue on banks of the River Clyde!

“The Scottish Government is happy to discuss with the BBC, Glasgow City Council, the European Broadcasting Union and others.

“Indeed there may be several possible venues in Scotland - let’s discuss!”

A statement from Eurovision’s organisers reads: “It is our full intention that Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts.”

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