2023 Eurovision Host City Odds – Glasgow Favored to Stage Event

By Adam Haynes in Entertainment
| July 11, 2022 11:33 am PDT
  • Glasgow leads the odds in the race to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Last year’s winners, Ukraine, is not expected to be cleared to host the event.
  • The United Kingdom, which finished second, is expected to be the European Broadcasting Union’s favored choice.

Odds for the 2023 Eurovision host city have hit the board. Unsurprisingly, there are no Ukrainian cities in the running.

Traditionally, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest hosts the event in the year that follows. This tradition is unlikely to be tenable in 2023, with the current war in Ukraine interrupting plans. According to the organizers of the event, who undertook a “full assessment and feasibility study,” the winning country is not in a position to host the show. 

This would not be the first time that the United Kingdom has taken over host duties from the winners. The UK stepped in for the Netherlands in 1960, France in 1963, Monaco in 1972, as well as Luxembourg in 1974. 

Although Eurovision 2023 predictions are some way off, the best entertainment betting sites have named a number of potential host cities. So, let’s take a look at those odds.

2023 Eurovision Host City Odds – Analyzing the Top Ten

The odds below have been taken from the Betway sportsbook and are subject to change. You can also find a full list of Eurovision odds to host the 2023 event on their site.

    Glasgow-125
    Cardiff+500
    Belfast+550
    Birmingham +650
    Manchester +700
    Liverpool+1200
    Bradford+1600
    Edinburgh +1600
    Leeds+1800
    Dundee+2000

It appears that Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, is the favorite to host Eurovision 2023.

At odds of -125, betting on “Glesga” to be announced as hosts for next year’s award might make sense. A $125 wager could potentially pocket $100 in profit, should the fourth most populous city in the United Kingdom secure the award.

Interestingly enough, the top three candidates to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest are not English cities. Cardiff and Belfast, which act as the capital cities of Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively, come in with the shortest of the plus money odds available. 

With the United Kingdom experiencing significant identity issues due to Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol, the oddsmakers are sensing a potential political move. While you can bet on the UK rejoining the European Union, it’s unlikely for that to happen. Whitehall could earn some brownie points by choosing one of the non-English cities, and perhaps inject some pro-unionist sentiment at a time when the idea of the breakup of the UK has never been stronger.

Betting On Who Will Host Eurovision 2023 

With Ukraine unable to host the contest, the United Kingdom will surely be happy to take the mantle.

But who will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023? With so many potential venues, bettors will have their hands full trying to determine which city makes the most sense. After all, it’s on the British mainland. More importantly, it is a city that could be instrumental in the breakup of the United Kingdom. And the UK will do everything it can to keep Scotland under the Union Jack. 

The leading political party in the UK, the Conservatives, is opposed to a new referendum for Scottish independence. And what better way to try to ignite the “Britishness” back into Scots than an international event that will be the focus of those opposed to the war in Ukraine? 

Odds for the Eurovision Song Contest host city only tell a part of the tale. The rest, of course, can be found in the political dilly-dallying that will likely see a Scottish, Northern Irish, or Welsh city host the event.

With Ireland edging toward an inevitable reunification, and Wales not deemed as important to the UK from a financial perspective, the logical conclusion is that the event will be staged in Scotland.

Glasgow, perhaps the most anti-Whitehall city in the country, looks likeliest to be chosen to represent the UK on the world stage. It’s a political move that many savvy punters see coming.

Once the host city is named, it will be time to bet on the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. The following guide will help!

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