A Lancashire MP has called for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to be held in Blackpool and is urging the public to sign his petition.

Blackpool South MP, Scott Benton, is urging local officials to place a bid to host the event in the coastal town.

However it is unclear where in the town it would be hosted if successful, as besides Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road stadium there are no venues in the town big enough for the show; the European Broadcasting Union dictates venues must have a capacity of at least 10,000.

Earlier this week it was announced that the United Kingdom would host the singing competition next year, on behalf of Ukraine due to Russia's invasion of the country.

The BBC will act as host broadcaster of the 67th annual competition after the UK’s Sam Ryder came second this year.

Organisers the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) previously decided the event could not be held in the war-torn country following the Russian invasion.

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackpool MP Scott Benton.Blackpool MP Scott Benton.

However, the city or town it will be hosted in is yet to be decided.

Scott says Blackpool would be a “fantastic” location for the contest as it is home to “ample” accommodation and top venues.

He said: “I was glad to read the announcement that the UK will host Eurovision 2023.

"Where better to host the competition than Blackpool, the traditional home of British entertainment?

“Hosting Eurovision would provide a massive boost to the town and our local economy.

“Blackpool would be a fantastic location for Eurovision as we have ample hotel accommodation and first-class venues.  

“I will be urging the local authority to put in a hosting bid as soon as possible.

“This Government has invested massive sums into entertainment venues in Blackpool; let’s show them off to a global audience!”

Lancashire Telegraph: Sam Ryder came second in this year's Eurovision Song ContestSam Ryder came second in this year's Eurovision Song Contest

 How will the Eurovision 2023 hosting bidding process work?


The BBC said relevant information for prospective hosts will be issued shortly and host cities wanting information packs should make contact via an allocated email address.

As well as selling their vision for a fantastic contest, potential host cities are expected to demonstrate that they can meet a list of expectations.

Last year, the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Host City criteria was based on providing a venue able to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators (as well as a press centre), that should be within easy reach of an international airport and with ample hotel accommodation.

The UK has hosted the contest in London four times (1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977), and once each in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974) and Harrogate (1982).

Hosting it in 2023 will make it the ninth time the competition has taken place in the UK – more than any other country.

London’s O2 is a strong contender as the largest indoor arena in the capital.

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

A return to Brighton would be a nice homage to when the Brighton Dome hosted the event in 1974, when Abba won with Waterloo.

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

The OVO Hydro in Glasgow could also host the contest for the UK as the largest entertainment venue in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 14,300..

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General, said: “It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. 

“Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege.  

“The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.

“The BBC will now begin the process to find a [host location] to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.”