“Full intention Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s Eurovision”
Yesterday, we reported that war-torn Ukraine, which won this year’s Eurovision, will not be able to host next year’s contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said.
The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine last month won the world’s biggest live music event and, according to tradition, the country is set to host next year’s event.
But the EBU said that “given the ongoing war” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, it determined that it was impossible for the event to go ahead.
“Given the current circumstances, the operational and security guarantees necessary for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest… cannot be fulfilled,” he said.
Instead, the EBU said it would “now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runners-up, to potentially host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the UK”.
“It is our full intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s concerts,” emphasized the EBU.
“This will be a priority for us in our discussions with potential hosts.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office welcomed the move.
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