HUNDREDS of people, including the First Minister, are calling for Glasgow to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest after winner Ukraine has pulled out.

Following the statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which confirms that the Eastern European country will be unable to host next year's event, many have taken to social media to nominate Glasgow as host.

On Twitter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was amongst the first ones to invite the international show to the OVO Hydro.

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She said: "We wish Eurovision could be in Ukraine but understand that in circumstances this isn’t possible.

"However, I can think of a perfect venue on the banks of the River Clyde!!

"The Scottish Government is happy to discuss with the BBC, Glasgow City Council and EBU and others."

Residents have also expressed their excitement online at the possibility.

One person said: "It’s so sad that Eurovision won’t be in Ukraine next year, but I’m also crying at the prospect of it being in Glasgow next year!"

Another added: "Yes it makes sense for Glasgow to be a strong candidate to host Eurovision for the UK."

A third person posted: "Glasgow is already set up for big events and its more secure.

"Plus there will be easier access for Ukrainians to get to and come together, just we play hosts.

"Ukrainian flags everywhere, charity events in the run-up, might not be home but deserve to celebrate their win, sorted!"

A fourth post read: "So excited about the potential for this - I’ve wanted to go my whole life and I think we should have Arielle Free hosting."

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Ukraine's representative, Kalush Orchestra, won with their song 'Stefania' as the continent came together to show solidarity for the nation after it had been invaded by Russia.

The UK's contestant, Sam Ryder, came second in the contest with his song 'Space Man'.

The OVO Hydro, which is being put forward as a venue, is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 14,300 and it currently has a mostly clear schedule in May when the competition is typically held.

In terms of finance, it is difficult to say how much hosting costs. Azerbaijan spent a reported £48 million on hosting the event in 2012 and Hungary withdrew from simply competing in the 2010 contest in part due to the global financial crisis.

It is not clear whether the BBC would have to pay for the contest from its current licence fee allocation or would be given further money.