• Tue. Aug 16th, 2022

UK confirmed as hosts of Eurovision 2023 – however Ukraine will nonetheless play a job

UK confirmed as hosts of Eurovision 2023 - however Ukraine will nonetheless play a job 1

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has confirmed that the UK will host the 67th Eurovision Tune Contest in 2023.

The announcement comes after earlier statements which stated that this yr’s winner, Ukraine, wouldn’t be capable of host the occasion.

Regardless of the Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra coming first in Turin, Italy, in depth safety assessments by the EBU and Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC discovered that internet hosting the occasion in Ukraine wasn’t possible.

In consequence, British state broadcaster BBC has been invited to host the music contest, which sees international locations from Europe (and additional afield) go face to face to be topped Eurovision winner.

Ukraine will robotically qualify for the competition alongside ‘the massive 5’ international locations who contribute probably the most financially to the competition; Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and the UK.

“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Tune Contest within the UK in 2023,” says Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Tune Contest’s Government Supervisor.

“The BBC has taken on internet hosting duties for different successful international locations on 4 earlier events.

“Persevering with on this custom of solidarity, we all know that subsequent yr’s Contest will showcase the creativity and ability of one in all Europe’s most skilled public broadcasters while guaranteeing this yr’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented all through the occasion.”

The place will Eurovision 2023 happen?

Ukraine gained Eurovision 2022 after a swell of votes within the voting spherical from the general public with the UK entry Sam Ryder coming second place together with his track ‘Area Man’.

The win was a boon for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion which has seen demise and destruction within the Japanese European nation.

The shortcoming to host Eurovision 2023 will come as a blow to the nation which has hosted the competition earlier than in 2005 and 2017, nevertheless it’s nonetheless set to play a giant half within the occasion with representatives from UA:PBC coordinating with the BBC to include Ukrainian components.

“It’s a matter of nice remorse that our colleagues and mates in Ukraine aren’t capable of host the 2023 Eurovision Tune Contest,” says director common of the BBC, Tim Davie.

“The BBC is dedicated to creating the occasion a real reflection of Ukrainian tradition alongside showcasing the variety of British music and creativity.”

The race will now be on to see which UK metropolis will act as host, with a bidding battle as a result of begin this week. The outcome will likely be seen as a take a look at of the UK authorities’s so-called ‘levelling-up’ agenda which goals to steadiness the areas of the UK with London.

Already questions have been raised about who will foot the invoice. Eurovision can value between €10 – €20 million to host and the BBC is at present present process stringent cuts to its finances.

The company has staged the occasion extra occasions than another European broadcaster internet hosting in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.

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