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Eurovision fans ‘praying’ for Rylan Clark to present competition after UK named as hosts for 2023 contest

Although Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra won this year’s edition, with the UK’s Sam Ryder coming runner-up, organisers the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) previously decided the event could not be held in the war-torn country following the Russian invasion.

The BBC confirmed the change of plans, branding the circumstance a ‘matter of great regret’ but acknowledging the ‘great privilege.’

Since news broke, fans have been busy speculating which of our beloved UK huns could be lined-up to present the all-important show, and one name that keeps on cropping up is Rylan.

‘Never thought I’d get to see the U.K. host Eurovision! I’m praying it’s somewhere in the north. Please let @Rylan host,’ begged one.

Rylan co-commentated this year’s contest with Scott Mills (Picture: BBC)

Echoing a similar sentiment, another hoped: ‘Rylan had better be hosting Eurovision and I’d better get tickets!’

‘So we all agree that @Rylan should host #Eurovision yes?’ asked a third.

Television personality Rylan was, of course, heavily involved with BBC’s Eurovision coverage this year and, along with Scott Mills, and had been commentating on the semi-finals.

He took over from Mel Giedroyc’s role of co-commentator in 2018, and has been living and breathing the competition ever since.

Rylan is clearly thrilled by the news that the UK will be home to the next chapter, having tweeted several skull emojis.

‘So bloody excited x,’ he wrote in another tweet.

In a separate post, Rylan added: ‘The biggest love to @SamRyderMusic without his unreal talent the UK wouldn’t be hosting the amazing Ukraine next year. Xxx’

 

 

 

 

Next year’s contest will mark the ninth time Eurovision has taken place in the UK – more than any other country.

It’s not yet known where in the country the event will take place, and a presenting line-up is still up in the air.

The bidding process to select the host city will begin this week and will be jointly managed by the BBC and EBU.



Which UK city could host Eurovision 2023?

After the announcement that the UK will be hosting Eurovision in 2023, with Ukraine officially ruled out, here are the top six cities likely to host the competition as it’s broadcast by the BBC, according to bookmakers:

Belfast

The SSE Arena at the Odyssey Complex in the Northern Irish city’s Titanic Quarter boasts a 12,000-person capacity, and councillors Anthony Flynn and Seamas De Faoite have urged the city to put a bid forward.

Cardiff

The Welsh city’s Principality Stadium, which held every FA Cup final between 2001 and 2006, can hold a whopping 74,000 people and comes equipped with a roof. The competition has never been held in Wales before.

Manchester

Not only does Manchester’s AO Arena have the ability to house 21,000 guests, but it’s also extremely close to the BBC’s main studio in Salford. However, Sir Elton John and Magic Mike shows are already scheduled to take place at the arena next May.

Birmingham

Birmingham has already proven it’s capable of hosting Eurovision, having done so in 1998 when Katrina and the Waves’ song Love Shine a Light won the previous year.

London

The English capital has hosted the competition four times in the past, the last time being back in 1977. The show could take place at the Wembley Arena, which has a capacity of 12,500 people, or the O2 Arena, which could hold 20,000 individuals.

Glasgow

The bookies’ favourite is currently the Scottish city of Glasgow, with Edinburgh having hosted Eurovision in 1972. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already suggested the city, which was named the UK’s top cultural and creative city in 2019.

The winner would require a large events space, suitable accommodation and international transport links for the competing countries and their delegations.

Sheffield City Council was among the first to announce a bid, saying on Twitter: ‘We’ve told Eurovision we’d love to host… watch this space.’

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