Ukraine will not host Eurovision next year as new ‘confirmed’ host country

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Eurovision bosses in talks with the BBC over hosting the 2023 event in the UK.

The Eurovision Song Contest organizer said it was in talks with the BBC to “possibly host” the 2023 event, after concluding that next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement that it had conducted a “comprehensive assessment and feasibility study” with Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC and external specialists as part of the ongoing Russian invasion of the country.

However, he said Eurovision remained “one of the most complex television productions in the world”.

He said: “The EBU would like to thank UA:PBC for their cooperation and full engagement in exploring all scenarios in the weeks following the Kalush Orchestra victory on May 14 in Turin and shares their sadness and his disappointment that next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine.

“The EBU has supported UA:PBC in a variety of areas since the invasion. We will ensure that this support continues so that UA:PBC can maintain the much-needed service it provides to Ukrainians.

“Following this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now enter into discussions with the BBC, as this year’s finalist, to possibly host the Eurovision Song Contest. 2023 in the U.S. Kingdom.

“We fully intend for Ukraine’s victory to be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with potential hosts. »

Britain’s Sam Ryder topped the jury vote in Turin, but Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the overall standings after a token show of public support saw them soar to first place with 631 points.

They had been favorites since Russia invaded Ukraine in February – prompting organizers to ban the Russian contender from competing.

Ukraine joined the international competition in 2003 and their three wins make them one of the most successful of the new competing countries – having also triumphed in 2004 and 2016.

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