Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “gutted for Glasgow” after Liverpool was chosen to welcome next year’s Eurovision song contest.
The First Minister’s comments come as Scotland narrowly missed out on hosting the major international event next year to the north-west English city.
Glasgow and Liverpool had been whittled down to the final two potential host cities after beating off competition including Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, with Liverpool being chosen on Friday night.
Ms Sturgeon, however, congratulated the winning city in a tweet, adding: “You’ll no doubt do Eurovision and Ukraine proud”.
Congratulations, Liverpool. Gutted for Glasgow, but no doubt you’ll do @Eurovision and Ukraine proud 🇺🇦
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 7, 2022
A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Naturally, we are disappointed not to have been selected, but we are very proud to have made it to the final two cities and we wish Liverpool every success as they prepare to host Eurovision 2023.
“Glasgow remains a firm supporter of Ukraine and we look forward to watching Liverpool deliver a celebration of Ukrainian culture.”
The UK is hosting Eurovision next year on behalf of Ukraine, whose Kalush Orchestra won the event this year.
Kyiv would normally be welcoming the world to its stage in 2023, but this has been deemed not possible because of the Russian invasion.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack reacted to the news saying: “Congratulations to Liverpool on being named Eurovision 2023 host.
“It’s a brilliant city and world famous for its music.
“Glasgow presented a really strong bid, and I know people across Scotland will be disappointed not to be hosting the contest this time round.
“However, I have every faith that Liverpool will put on a fantastic show that the whole UK will get behind, honouring the people, culture and creativity of Ukraine.”
Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “Although we are disappointed Glasgow’s bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest was not successful, we wish Liverpool well with hosting next year’s event on behalf of Ukraine.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Glasgow City Council for all their work on this bid.”
He added: “Scotland continues to stand with the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, in condemnation of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
“Since the conflict began, more than 20,000 people with a Scottish sponsor has arrived, representing 20% of all UK arrivals – the most per head of any of the four nations.”
Massive congratulations to Liverpool, a great city. Now gie it laldy for Ukraine.
Am so proud of our Glasgow team who put together a brilliant bid to get to the final two. We’ll be cheering Liverpool on for a successful #Eurovision with the Ukrainian people at its ❤️🇺🇦 https://t.co/AoGcLLI07t
— Susan Aitken (@SusaninLangside) October 7, 2022
Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken added: “Massive congratulations to Liverpool, a great city.
“Now gie it laldy for Ukraine.
“Am so proud of our Glasgow team who put together a brilliant bid to get to the final two.
“We’ll be cheering Liverpool on for a successful #Eurovision with the Ukrainian people at its heart.”
Scotland’s largest entertainment venue, OVO Hydro, tweeted: “We are disappointed that Glasgow has not been chosen as host city for #Eurovision 2023, but we know our friends and colleagues in Liverpool will do an incredible job.”
The venue wished Liverpool’s venue, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool, luck, adding: “You know where we are if you need a little extra laldy!”
The official Eurovision Song Contest twitter page tweeted: “Liverpool will host #Eurovision 2023 on behalf of Ukraine … and it’s gonna be proper boss.”