The BBC has announced that Manchester has progressed to the next stage of the selection process and shortlisted as a Eurovision host city for 2023.
Council Leader Bev Craig reacts to today's announcement:
"We are thrilled to have made it through and be named a shortlisted host city. Manchester stands ready to put on the biggest party in the UK at the city's AO Arena, taking our place in Eurovision's unique history.
"We have a large and proud Ukrainian community in Manchester. It would be our privilege to host this iconic celebration on their behalf and we will do everything we can to honour them throughout."