“Fully intentional, Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s Eurovision”
Yesterday we reported that war-torn Ukraine, which won this year’s Eurovision contest, will not be able to host next year’s contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the world’s biggest live music event last month and traditionally the country is expected to host next year’s event.
But the EBU said “given the ongoing war” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, it had determined it was impossible to stage the event there.
“Given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees that a broadcaster needs to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest cannot be met,” it said.
Instead, the EBU said it would “now start talks with the BBC, as this year’s runners-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK”.
“It is our full intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s shows,” stressed the EBU.
“This will be a priority for us in our talks with the eventual hosts.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office welcomed the move.
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