Earlier today, the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest announced that next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.

Leading to European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to share that it is in talks with the BBC for the UK to “potentially host” the 2023 event as this year’s runner-up, here is what you need to know about what this might entail.

Meaning that the contest could return to the UK for its ninth time after last being held in Birmingham in 1998. 

The news that the show might take place in the UK, leads to the question of what city could host the 2023 contest. 

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Which UK city could host the 2023 contest?

The OVO Hydro arena in Glasgow is rumoured to be the favourite spot to host the contest for the UK, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has thrown the country’s hat into the ring, saying her Government is “happy to discuss with the BBC”.

It is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 14,300 and it currently has a mostly clear schedule in May when the competition is typically held.

Elsewhere, London’s O2 Arena is another strong contender with it being the largest indoor arena in the capital.

The 20,000-person capacity venue has hosted some of the biggest stars in the world, including Adele, Queen + Adam Lambert, Billie Eilish, The Rolling Stones as well as the Brit Awards.

The OVO Wembley Arena could also be in contention as the second largest in London, with a capacity of 12,500.

A return to Brighton could also be a nice homage to when Brighton Dome hosted the event in 1974, with ABBA winning the contest after famously performing Waterloo.

Venues within major UK cities such as Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle could also be considered in line with the Government’s “levelling up” plan.

A spokesperson for Downing Street has said that if the competition was to be held in the UK, they would be “committed to ensuring it overwhelmingly reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries.”

How much would hosting it cost?

It won't come as a surprise that hosting Eurovision can be expensive.

Azerbaijan spent a reported £48 million on hosting the event in 2012 and Hungary withdrew from simply competing in the 2010 contest in part due to the global financial crisis.

It is not clear whether the BBC would have to pay for the contest from its current licence fee allocation or would be given further money.

The UK already spends more on Eurovision than most participants.

It is part of the so-called big five alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who each get a free pass through to the grand final because of their financial contributions.

Could Ukraine host in 2024?

The decision not to host the contest in Ukraine in 2023 could pose an issue for the EBU as it is traditional for the winning country to host it the following year.

If the UK were to hold the event next year, it could put the 2023 winners in a difficult situation over whether they get the opportunity to host in 2024 or forfeit to allow Ukraine their turn.

As the invasion of Russia remains ongoing it is uncertain what the situation may be in Ukraine in years to come.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously vowed to one day host the Eurovision Song Contest in the embattled city of Mariupol.

Ukraine has hosted the contest twice in its capital Kyiv, once at the Palace of Sports in 2005 and later at the International Exhibition Centre in 2017.