Liverpool was tonight unveiled as the host of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next year - and the reaction in Manchester was, well, mixed.
The 2023 host city should have been in Ukraine after Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra triumphed at the 2022 competition in Turin.
But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the annual event, decided the show could not safely be held in the country following Russia’s invasion.
As the British entry, Spaceman by Sam Ryder, came second in the 2022 contest, the UK was chosen to host the music extravaganza for ninth time, more than any other country. READ MORE: The memorial to a murdered boy and his grieving mother - battered by the elements, but still standing on the bleak moors Manchester was among a host of UK cities to put its name forward but last month the city learned it would not host the event after the shortlist was whittled down to two.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk