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Seven cities have been shortlisted as potential hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest – Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

Ukraine's act Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 contest with their track Stefania, with hosting duties usually passed down to the winning country.

However, with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, it was decided that the UK would host instead, with our act Sam Ryder placing second.

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His track Space Man blew audiences away, with the UK accumulating a massive 466 points – and within that, the third-highest jury vote in the history of the competition.

The shortlist was announced on BBC Radio 2, with BBC Breakfast linking up to the show to deliver the news to its early morning viewers.

Even Eurovision boss Martin Österdahl was on hand to tell Zoe and Scott Mills they were "good to go" to announce the list in his usual fashion.

Fans couldn't cope with his surprise show stint, and took to Twitter to praise him, with one writing: "OMG Martin Österdahl is on BBC Breakfast with the #Eurovision host shortlist *swoon*."

As another chimed in: "Imagine if Österdahl came to Brum for #Eurovision!"

Host Charlie Stayt promised a "seamless" transition to Zoe Ball's show, leaving his co-presenter Naga Munchetty unimpressed with his lofty promises.

"At 8:36 this morning, right here on Breakfast, you will see us transition seamlessly to the Radio 2 studio," he explained. "Zoe Ball is going to take over from us."

Naga chimed in: "There she is, working hard. But the thing is, you've kind of put a little bit of a curse on the seamlessness."

But Charlie assured her: "No, no, no. It's going to work perfectly."

Earlier on Breakfast, the hosts cut to a roving reporter in Glasgow, stationed outside the OVO Hydro to deliver the news that Scotland wanted to bid on the Eurovision honours.

But things quickly went wrong, as reporter Daniel Rosney forgot Will Ferrell's surname, stood outside the wrong venue and messed up the name of Lulu's Eurovision hit Boom Bang a Bang.

The OVO Hydro is beside the SEC Armadillo, both huge concert venues – but Daniel was standing in front of the Armadillo, not the Hydro.

Daniel kicked things off by saying: "Good morning. This is the site that could be hosting the world's largest live music event next May. This arena behind me, you might remember from the Netflix film, the Eurovision: The Fire Sage starring Will… oh, I've forgot his name!

"He was in the… the massive Eurovision film that they filmed, actually, in Israel in 2019."

He continued: "Lulu, of course, is from here. She won in 1969, Boom Bang a Lang. And Glasgow is twinned with Turin, which of course is where the song contest was held three months ago."


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