‘Fully intentional Ukraine victory will be reflected in Eurovision next year’
Yesterday, we reported that war-torn Ukraine, which won this year’s Eurovision, will not be able to host next year’s competition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said.
Ukraine’s Kalusi Orchestra won the world’s largest live music event last month, and tradition says Ukraine should host the event next year.
However, the EBU said it had determined it was impossible to hold the event “given the ongoing war” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
“In the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees necessary for broadcasters to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest cannot be implemented,” he said.
Instead, the EBU said it would “start discussions with the BBC as this year’s runner-up to potentially host the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023”.
EBU stressed that “it is our sole intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s show”.
“This will be our priority when discussing with the final host.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office welcomed the move.