SPAIN- From May 15, after the victory of the Kalush Orchestra, the question that concerns everyone is: “Where will Eurovision 2023 be held?”.
Although the Ukrainian authorities, as well as the national broadcaster Suspilne, have made it clear that the winning country will host the competition, several countries have expressed interest in considering them as back-up solutions, if at all possible.
Among others, the United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden have stated that they would be willing to host the competition. It seems, however, that one of the strongest candidates has left the limelight.
On June 13, the Faro De Vigo newspaper published a lengthy interview with RTVE President José Manuel Pérez Tornero. Among other statements (happiness over Spain’s result in Turin, plans for a Latin American song contest), President Pérez Tornero made it clear that Spain would not be hosting Eurovision 2023.
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
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“We do not want to be left with the illusion of a good result, we will seek to win next time. We would have organized it too, but in the end, if Ukraine withdraws, it will be organized by the BBC.”
Therefore, cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia can abandon their dream of Eurovision for the time being, as it is obvious that Spain is out of contention.
But has the EBU ended up somewhere? Perhaps, since the president of RTVE seems quite confident that all options have been left aside except Ukraine (which seems to be the EBU’s main choice) and the United Kingdom as the only remaining backup option.
The name of the country and city that will host the event will not be revealed soon.
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