Bristol city spent just over £70 on ‘serious bid’ to host Eurovision 2023 and, obviously, failed


Eurovision Song Contest logo is seen during the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) national selection show, broadcasted by STB and UA:Pershyi TV channels, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 22 February, 2020. Ukrainian band Go_A with song Solovey will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) that consists of two semi-finals, to be held on 12 and 14 May, and a grand final taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on 16 May 2020. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Bristol’s bid to host Eurovision was about the same price as a fancy dinner for two (Picture: Getty)

Bristol City Council spent just over £70 on its bit to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 before losing to the final six cities still in the running.

 Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield are still competing to stage the contest after 2022 victors Ukraine was forced to hand over hosting duties due to the ongoing invasion from Russia.

Some cities splashed out on more than £30,00 of taxpayer’s money without even making the shortlist.

Bristol, while unsuccessful, at least only wasted the cost of a fancy dinner meal out for two.

A recent freedom of information request confirms Bristol City Council spent £50 on actually making a video and another £20.42 on travel expenses.

And even then said video wasn’t actually used due to licensing issues.

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Sam managed to bag second place for the UK in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest (Picture: Getty Images)
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022 (Credits: EPA)

The West Country city’s bid seemed uncertain from the get-go after hoping to host the spectacle at its YTL Arena despite the venue not actually opening until 2024.

 ‘Working with key city partners like YTL Arena Bristol, we tabled a serious bid from our global city at a minimal cost to council tax payers,’ a Bristol City Council spokesperson said:

‘Ukrainians were at the heart of Bristol’s bid, and we continue to support them as a proud City of Sanctuary’

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Turns out it takes a lot more than £70 to secure Eurovision (Picture: Getty Images)

Mayor Marvin Rees also said on Bristol Radio: ‘We’re disappointed but we continue to be ambitious for the city, and ambitions come with knock-backs.

‘But it’s experience, and now we’ve been through it, we’re in a better position to pursue our ambitions with Bristol in the future.’

As it stands, Glasgow is currently the bookies’ favourite to welcome Eurovision 2023, with Birmingham a close second.

Eurovision Song Contest returns to BBC One in 2023.

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