Strictly Come Dancing star reveals hopes to host Eurovision

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Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC

Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Odudu has expressed her delight that the UK will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and said that she hopes the event can be staged in Salford.

This year, Odudu presented the United Kingdom's jury vote from Greater Manchester and she told The Mirror that "just shouting out 'from Greater Manchester' was incredible".

"For it to come live from Salford this year, which has never happened, and for me to be the face of it… just wow.

"When it was announced that the UK will host it, I was buzzing," the Strictly star said, following the recent announcement that Eurovision 2023 is officially going to take place in the UK.

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Photo credit: JMEnternational

The presenter then seemed to suggest that she would like the contest to take place in Salford saying: "That would absolutely be the cherry on the top of the cake."

Last week The European Broadcasting Union and the BBC announced that the UK would host next year's competition as this year's winners, Ukraine, are unable to host due to the Russian invasion.

Bidding to host the contest began this week and the winning UK city will be announced in the autumn.

Photo credit: MARCO BERTORELLO - Getty Images
Photo credit: MARCO BERTORELLO - Getty Images

"We're exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023," said Eurovision executive supervisor Martin Österdahl.

"The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year's Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe's most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year's winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event."

"We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us," said Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the board that manages Ukraine's public broadcaster UA:PBC.

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