Bristol Eurovision 2023: UK will host Eurovision next year - here are the betting odds for it being held in Bristol

The host country for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been confirmed - but what are the chances that Bristol will be a host city? Here is all the latest information.

One of the hottest international events on the calendar is Eurovision - a cultural singing competition that brings millions of people together in the name of music and patriotism.

After last year’s event - which saw Ukraine crowned winners and the UK’s Sam Ryder finish a close second - the venue of the 2023 event has been up in the air.

However, it has been confirmed that it will indeed be the UK that will host the immensely popular event, which brings spectators in their tens of thousands and millions of viewers worldwide.

But which city in the country will host it? What are the official betting odds that Bristol will be hosting Eurovision 2023? Here is everything you need to know.

What is Eurovision?

Sam Ryder came second for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, the country’s best result since 1998.

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) - known simply as Eurovision - is an international songwriting competition organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

The competition, which began in May 1956, gathers performers that represent each of the 66 participating European countries and pits them against each other.

26 countries make it to the grand finals of the event, with the winner being the country who received the most points from their competition, who judge and mark each live performance.

It attracts hundreds of millions of live viewers annually and creates a feverish cultural music extravaganza across the continent.

When is Eurovision 2023?

Eurovision is scheduled to take place in the month of May in 2023.

The exact dates for the event are yet to be made official, but this article will be updated as soon as more information is made available.

Who is hosting it?

The official hosts for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest was confirmed on Monday, 25 July 2022.

After organisers decided that the event could not be hosted by 2022’s victors Ukraine, the status of where Eurovision 2023 would be held was up in the air.

However, as the United Kingdom finished second in last year;s competition, talks commenced between the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC.

It has since been made official that the UK will indeed host the singing competition, with the specifics as to which cities will host to be confirmed later in the summer.

Why can’t Ukraine host Eurovision 2023?

It is common tradition that the winners of a Eurovision Song Contest would then host the following iteration.

Ukrainians were looking forward to just that when the Kalush Orchestra was named the winner last year, however the 2023 event will not take place in Ukraine.

This decision has been made due to questions over safety in regards to the ongoing war that the country is in with Vladimir Putin and Russia.

What are the betting odds that Bristol hosts Eurovision next year?

The news that the madly-popular singing competition was coming to the country must have raised the hopes of Bristolians, who must have been wishing for the event to take place in their city.

Mayor Marvin Rees announced that the city had bid to host the event during Bristol Pride Day in July, with a detailed plan of what the city could offer.

However, according to the bookmakers, Bristol stands the joint-worst chance of hosting Eurovision 2023.

Along with Leicester, William Hill has Bristol at 50/1 to host the event.

Who are the favourites to host Eurovision 2023?

Bristol have made an official bid to host Eurovision 2023 (ADOBE)

In order to host the event, a city must be able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators, a press centre for 1,500 journalists , within reach of an international airport and sufficient hotel accommodation.

Bigger cities such as the capital of London, as well as the likes of Manchester and Birmingham, stand a far greater chance than Bristol, which is represented in the betting odds.

The following are the five main UK cities that are favourites to host Eurovision 2023:

  • Glasgow - 5/6
  • Manchester - 6/4
  • London - 5/1
  • Birmingham - 13/2
  • Liverpool - 14/1

All betting odds are taken from William Hill - visit the website for further information.