There is currently no arena in the UK that could host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it has been suggested.
Venues would have to cancel or postpone other events in order to host the singing competition, according to the BBC.
Cities hoping to host the event – which will be held in the UK after finishing second to last year’s winners Ukraine – will find out if they have been shortlisted on Friday, with the venue in the autumn is set.
Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow are all in contention to host the event, although their arenas have booked other shows in the run-up to next May’s competition.
Elton John, Celine Dion, André Rieu and Magic Mike will all perform at the venues bidding to host the competition.
The producers of the Magic Mike tour have confirmed to BBC News they have not yet been asked to reschedule tour dates.
Claudio Santucci, director of Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy, said organizers would need access to the venue for several weeks leading up to the event.
“It takes about three weeks to set up, then three or four weeks of rehearsals — but one of those weeks is the show.
“It’s a long period of rehearsals to make it work. It’s an event that would normally take two years to organize, but instead you have less than a year because you only know when you win,” he said.
Criteria for the venue include space for at least 10,000 people including the press center, good accessibility to an international airport and sufficient hotel accommodation nearby.
Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle are all in the running to host the song contest.
Cardiff have already canceled hosting as several events have already been booked at their arena.
The competition takes place in the UK after taking second place with Sam Ryder’s Space Man as the winner, Ukraine, is unable to host due to security concerns amid their ongoing war with Russia.
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