GLASGOW singer and Eurovision winner Lulu has called for the contest to be held in her hometown.

The singer, who grew up in Dennistoun and who won the contest in 1969 with the song Boom Bang-a-Bang, has said Glasgow 'has' to be chosen to host in 2023. 

She said on BBC Two's Newsnight: "It has to be Glasgow because that's where I come from.

"They're so politically savvy, they're the most fabulous hosts, they absolutely are music mad.

"I think it would be just the most fabulous thing, and I would be there. I just cannot wait."

It comes after Eurovision organisers confirmed that the contest would be held in the UK due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which won the 2022 show.

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Sam Ryder, who came second in this year's ceremony with his song Space Man, reminded fans that next year's competition would be focused on Ukraine and would celebrate its music, culture and history.

He said in an Instagram video: "It's Ukraine's party, we're just inviting them to throw it at our house.

"I know how much it meant to Kalush and the Ukrainian delegation that it would be held at home in Ukraine next year.

"I'm not the only one whose heart is heavy knowing that that can't be the case at this moment in time. But what I would love to say to anyone watching this from Ukraine is that we know how to throw a party here in the UK".

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This will mark the ninth time the competition has been held in the UK, and Scotland has hosted it once in 1972 at Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

While London, Manchester and Sheffield have confirmed plans to make official bids, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast, Cardiff, and Nottingham are also possible contenders.

Also speaking to Newsnight, Jay Aston of Bucks Fizz, who won the 1981 contest with Making Your Mind Up, said she hoped that Sam Ryder's success of coming second in this year's contest and the UK hosting would inspire more Brits to be enthusiastic about Eurovision.

"We've all been getting fed up because we've been coming last one too many times," she said.

She also said she'd like to see the event pay homage to Ukraine and their success at this year's contest.

"Obviously Ukraine won and we've got to make it their show," she said. "We can't steal the limelight. It's all about their win."

Lulu added: "That's very important. Whatever town, whatever city it goes to, the UK will be behind Ukraine."