Liverpool has been confirmed to host the Eurovision Song Contest on May 13 next year.

The international music show is being held in the UK after this year's winner, Ukraine, was deemed unable to host because of the Russian invasion.

The announcement was made by Graham Norton, who hosts the BBC's coverage, on The One Show on Friday evening.

Liverpool beat Glasgow to host the music event.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: "While we came up against stiff competition from Glasgow, who deserve more than the nil points they have received on this occasion, nowhere is more experienced or qualified, and nowhere throws a party quite like we do.

"We want to put on a show that Ukraine would be proud of, and we have been working closely with Liverpool's sister city of Odesa to ensure that this is their event as much as our own.

"Now the hard work begins. Putting on a show that will give millions a night they will never forget in one of the most turbulent and trying years for our continent is no mean feat.

"If anywhere is capable of it, it is the Liverpool City Region, with a little help from our friends in Ukraine."

Kalush Orchestra, who won the 2022 contest for Ukraine, said: "We are very pleased that next year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool. Though we haven't had the privilege of visiting yet, the musical heritage of the city is known all over the world.

"Playing in the same place that The Beatles started out will be a moment we'll never forget! Although we are sad that next year's competition cannot take place in our homeland, we know that the people of Liverpool will be warm hosts and the organisers will be able to add a real Ukrainian flavour to Eurovision 2023 in this city."

The final two cities battling it out were revealed last month following a seven-strong shortlist which also included Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester.

Tim Davie, BBC director-general, said: "Congratulations to Liverpool. They will be an amazing host for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Liverpool is such an exciting, warm and vibrant city.

"It's the undisputed capital of pop music and is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its twinning with the Ukrainian city of Odesa.

"I know the people of Liverpool will welcome Europe, and the rest of the world, with open arms, and in partnership we will create something truly special."

After Kalush Orchestra triumphed at the 2022 competition in Turin, Italy, the EBU, which produces the annual event, decided the show cannot be safely held in the country following Russia's invasion.

It was later decided that the UK would host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest as Sam Ryder came second in the competition.

This will be the ninth time the UK will have hosted the competition, more than any other country.

In August, a list narrowed down from 20 UK cities that initially submitted an "expression of interest" was released by the BBC, with applicants across all four regions demonstrating how they would reflect Ukrainian culture, music and communities.

Of the seven cities named in August, six were in England, one in Scotland, with Belfast failing to make the cut for Northern Ireland.

Requirements included "a suitable venue and sufficient space to deliver the requirements of the Song Contest", necessary commitment to the contest including a financial contribution, and "alignment with the BBC's strategic priorities as a public service broadcaster".

Liverpool, which has been a Unesco City of Music since 2015, is synonymous with The Beatles and has a rich music heritage.

Source: Press Association