Which UK cities are shortlisted for a

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The shortlist of UK cities that could host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed.

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield will compete to organize the event in May, news.ro writes, citing the BBC.

Twenty cities have expressed interest, the BBC said, and those not on the shortlist include London and Belfast.

Great Britain was chosen to host the contest after organizers decided it could not be hosted by Ukraine, the 2022 winner.

The decision to move it from Ukraine because of the ongoing war led to a hotly contested selection process between UK cities looking to attract thousands of visitors and the attention of around 160 million viewers worldwide.

The BBC states that the shortlist of seven is based on the cities’ ability to demonstrate that they have “the experience of hosting an event of this scale and complexity”.

The city that will be chosen by the BBC and Eurovision organizers and will be announced in the fall.

Birmingham and Glasgow were named the bookies’ favourites, while Glasgow and Manchester proved the most popular in polls on Eurovision fan sites.