EDITORIAL – The dream of the fans to host (rightfully as Chanel got the highest ranking on the scoreboard since 1995) the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Spain is now officially gone, following the Spanish broadcaster’s withdrawal from the hosting race.
The Spanish national broadcaster spoiled what we all speculated and some of us already knew, that the United Kingdom is standing by to get the hosting job in case the Ukrainian bid fails.
This is actually true, as we already know from secure sources that Ukraine is currently the EBU’s appointed host country for Eurovision 2023. The Ukrainian government don’t forget to re-affirm this information in high-level statements (Minister of Culture, Defense and President’s spokesperson).
A few days ago, SUSPILNE appointed the core-production team for Eurovision 2023.
What does Ukraine want? They want the Eurovision 2023 hosted inland, whether this means Kyiv (which is very protective anyway) or Lviv. Of course, we all know there will be issues with accommodation, arrivals and departures (Kyiv’s international airport is not responsive) and of course a big issue with the security, not only from bombs and aerial attacks but also from provocateurs.
There is also another big issue for us, the press and the fans following the contest.
I am not going to put it gently, but how are well all going to celebrate, party and cheer for the artists and their music, in the destroyed country (destroyed in material and emotions)?
Yes, Ukraine definitely deserves to host the event as they won not only the combined voting but also (this time, unlikely 2016) the public vote.
Another issue is of course the costs. Is the Ukrainian government ready to spend 15-20 million Euros, or even less, for an international event, at a time when the Ukrainians are suffering in many areas of the country? Maybe those millions (if available) to be given for making their lives and relief a bit easier?
Isn’t it better for Ukraine to avoid any egoistic effort to showcase they are still “alive” as a national entity? We already know that, and we already admire them for their fight against the enemy.
The United Kingdom is the best choice for everyone and I am apologising to my Ukrainian friends, but they know I am right. Not only safe and capable to host an unforgettable event, but also the second rightful winner, as Sam Ryder won the jury vote, bringing the best outcome for the country since 1997.
Ukrainians should not fear we will forget them, but they should focus on their fight against the invaders. It’s not the time to use this contest as a showcase of pain or war and definitely not the time for unnecessary spending.
We all feel and I think most of us support (emotionally and financially) the Ukrainian cause. But I have to be honest, and I know I am speaking of a big portion of the Eurofandom: We all come out of a two-year pandemic crisis, most Eurofans couldn’t enjoy Italy and to be honest, we wanna have some fun, finally!
Ukraine knows we won’t forget them and we already proved (as Europe) how supportive we are. But it’s time to consider the Eurovision welfare as well. A contest which already suffers from accusations about the handling of the voting and the second year of viewers-loss, this time by 20 million (and it was only 7 million missed from Russia and Ukraine according to the EBU).
Don’t we all see that Eurovision as a contest is already going through a negative phase? Should we enhance it?
So it seems that #Eurovision 2023 will be held either in Ukraine or the United Kingdom. The decision will be announced later this year. Which of the two choices seems logical to you and your (travel) preferences? #oikotimes #ukraine #uk #bbc #suspilne #hosting
— OIKOTIMES (@theoikotimes) June 14, 2022
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