SCOTLAND (UNITED KINGDOM) – Savvy Glaswegians have spotted a big clue that their city may be in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
War-struck Ukraine hopes to be able to celebrate their win however with no end to the Russian invasion insight and substantial damage to their country the future is uncertain.
Now fans have spotted a blacked-out section of the Glasgow OVO Hydro calendar in May 2023 and hopes are up that it’s because they want to host the euro-pop extravaganza.
“Fantastic venue in Glasgow Kelvin Constituency to host Eurovision 2023, bring it on!”, said Glasgow MSP Kaukab Stewart shortly after the British act Sam Ryder clinched second place.
In a Eurovision Facebook group, fans are certain there is planning afoot.
“Just noticed that the Hydro venue in Glasgow (that features on Fire Saga) has blanked out what’s on in May next year. Very strange as you can see what’s on for every other month (and after). Am I being silly or is something very much a’cooking for next year’s final?”, said a Eurovision fan.
In the 2020 Netflix movie The Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Will Ferrell, the contest is held in the Hydro – although the venue was ‘moved’ to Edinburgh for the purposes of the film.
Another cautious fan said: “Of course, it’s not already decided where ESC 2023 will be already. But it “could” show that Glasgow might express an interest. Or it could just be a coincidence..”
“They could be keeping their options open if they are chosen to be the venue to host, or they could simply not have anything on yet. I think they’re deliberately keeping their calendar clear so they have the room for Eurovision next year. I could be wrong tho”, said a hopeful comment.
During a recent press conference in the city of Lviv, the head of Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC made it clear that he and his colleagues will do whatever they can to bring the contest to Ukraine.
He added that the Ukrainian delegation will start planning and prepping for Eurovision 2023 immediately.
First, the city needs space for up to 10,000 spectators at a venue which must also accommodate around 2,000 competitors, delegates, fans and journalists.
There also needs to be an international airport at the city to allow for tens of thousands of participants to come and go to the event.
In the event that Ukraine cannot host the responsibility falls on a member of the “Big Five” – the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
However, the UK has not yet formally asked to host the show, whereas Spain has reportedly already done so for 2023.