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Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia propose to host Eurovision in 2023

Latest NewsMadrid, Barcelona and Valencia propose to host Eurovision in 2023

Eurovision is transversal, it does not pay attention to abbreviations or ideologies. The city councils of Spain’s three most populous capitals, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, have proposed to hold the next festival in 2023, which until a few years ago was despised or ignored by a wide range of the public and politicians, and today it is an object of desire and a show with a huge audience. In addition, touristic Torremolinos in Malaga joined in the win and is proposed as a candidate in case Chanel wins the competition on Saturday in Turin. RTVE plans to offer Spain to host the festival next year in 2023 if Ukraine (one of the main favourites) wins, as many pools note. The Spanish singer and her song “SloMo” are in the top five.

Barcelona’s first deputy mayor, Jaume Collboni, appeals to origins and announced this Friday that the Catalan capital will be offered as the venue if the singer and dancer from Olesa de Montserrat (Barcelona) wins the competition. In an interview with the RTVE Cafè d’Idees program, the socialist said that the Catalan capital is very interested in hosting the festival. “Chanel has relationships with Barcelona and Catalonia that everyone knows about. It is quite possible that we propose this candidacy,” defended the first vice-mayor. Collboni admitted that he was a fan of the festival and recalled that when he was little, on the one hand, he “went to the neighbors to watch Eurovision on TV”, and on the other hand, the singer Salome, the winner of Eurovision 1969, was a neighbor – that establishes a special relationship with the European Song Contest. The Deputy Mayor declined to answer whether Mayor Ada Colau herself knew of the proposal and apologized, stating that at the moment “it’s just a comment” and we had to wait for Chanel to win the competition to see if Barcelona would formally nominate his candidacy.

Collboni quickly summed up the benefits of hosting Eurovision 2023 in Barcelona. He emphasized that this is a festival with more than 40 countries and that it has an audience of about 300-400 million viewers, so he sees it as an opportunity for the city: “Why not?”. He also stressed that “Barcelona is home to great music festivals” such as PrimaveraSound, Sonar and Cruilla; In addition, he pointed to Palau Sant Jordi as one of the places where the event could take place.

The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribot of Compromís, last Friday offered his city to host the event if Spain wins. “This is a matter of will, not money,” the first mayor of Valencia said on his networks, winking at the lyrics of the song that the artist will defend. “Eurofans! What do you think of the plan for 2023? If Chanel wins, I will formally propose Valencia to be the host city for the next festival,” the mayor said on social media. made possible by an agreement between the Generalitat and Radiotelevisión Española, according to which the Valencian administration allocated almost a million euros to the organization, so it is possible that if Chanel wins, the city chosen for the 2023 contest will be Benidorm.

This Friday, Ribot repeated his proposal and added another factor: “I would like to point out that if a country wins in which this cannot be done due to special circumstances, Valencia, in addition to being hospitable, will be ready. I understand that there are many cities that want to compete with us, but I’m sorry: there is no other like Valencia, ”said the left-wing veteran. “Madrid is always competing with us, I would like it not to compete with us in investments,” he added.

On Thursday, Deputy Mayor of Madrid Begoña Villasis of Ciudadanos said she hopes Chanel wins and moves the festival “to a capital that deserves to be its venue.” “I want Chanel to win and bring us Eurovision to the capital. Very good things are happening in Madrid and we still need to organize this event. We deserve to be the venue and we have a great candidate,” Villasis assured Europa Press in a statement. In this regard, the partner of the PP government in the City Council of Madrid, headed by José Luis Martínez-Almeida, said that the capital “has a good infrastructure” for the festival and that Madrid “is one of the best equipped in Europe”. to Paris.”

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Last Tuesday, Torremolinos Mayor Margarita del Cid of PP announced the city’s intention to run as a candidate to host the festival: “This will be an opportunity to continue celebrating the great events in Torremolinos and an opportunity for our province, to Malaga and the Costa del Sol“.

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