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16th Nov 2022

Will Ferrell is looking for someone to put him and his mum up in Liverpool

Jack Peat

The star is keen to visit for the Eurovision song contest in 2023 

Will Farrell has put a call out for anyone willing to host him and his mum for the Eurovision song contest in Liverpool next year.

The actor is hoping to head to the UK to watch the finals live in the North West after second-placed Sam Ryder bagged hosting rights in Turin in the summer.

After a closely-fought competition, Liverpool was crowned the host city, beating competition from Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds.

It will stage the event at the Arena next to the River Mersey on Saturday 13th May, with tens of thousands of people expected to descend on the city over the weekend.

But the influx of interest has resulted in a squeeze in hotel accommodation.

Airbnb and hotel prices have skyrocketed online, with room rates hitting £5,000+ in places.

Last month, Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram slammed hotel costs, saying he was deeply disappointed at the “grossly inflated prices”.

He said he did not want anybody to be prevented from visiting the city because of the cost.

Rotheram said Eurovision was a “welcome distraction for millions of people” following recent “turbulent” times.

“For our area it is a fantastic chance to showcase all that is good in a great city – and beyond,” he said.

“That is why it is so disappointing to see some businesses in our region who have jumped at the chance to grossly inflate prices.

“I’ve called this behaviour out several times before, especially when football fans have been ripped off for flights and accommodation.”

Will Farrell – who starred in 2020 musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – is keen to visit the city, but has been faced with a dilemma over where his mum could stay.

In an interview with presenter Zoe Ball for BBC Radio 2, Ferrell explained how his mum “really wants [him] to take her to Eurovision”.

“She’s dying to go and she’s always wanted to go to Liverpool,” he said.

However, when looking at where she could stay, the Elf star noted hotels are “all booked now”.

Ball turned to listeners to ask if anyone would be “willing to put up with Will Ferrell and his mum in Liverpool or the Liverpool area during Eurovision”.

And as if fans of the star wouldn’t already be chomping at the bit to offer their homes to him, Ferrell joked that all he and his mum “need is a room with just two bunk beds” which is “clean and tidy”.

Responding on Twitter, one user wrote: “Flippin hec sure our guest room is free!”

“Does it need to be elf catering?” another joked.

A third decided appealing to Ryan Reynolds may help. “@VancityReynolds here, tell Will Ferrell he and his mum can stay at my house in Liverpool for the Eurovision Song Contest. I’ll even give him use of my car for 3 hours a day too if he wants. Pass that on if you would be so kind. Cheers,” they said.

A final wrote: “Not sure how to get in touch with him but if needed we have a spare room in whiston, Liverpool. Takes 20 mins by taxi to get to the Albert dock. Or I’m sure me or my partner will be free to drive no problem. She is also a great cook. He can stay for free of course.”

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